London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

The need for rigorous evaluation of components of health care is increasingly recognised worldwide. An important type of evaluation is the randomised controlled clinical trial. This course will give students an understanding of trials which will equip them to work in this increasingly important field. They are suitable both for those wishing to gain an overall understanding of trials before moving into the field, and those who have general or specialist experience in clinical trials and aim to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials in high, middle and low income countries.

Course Modules

Core modules: Fundamentals of clinical trials; basic statistics for clinical trials; clinical trials in practice; reporting and reviewing clinical trials. Plus 5 elective modules: Protocol development; trial designs; project management and research co'ordination; regulatory affairs, good clinical practices and ethics; data management; data monitoring and interim analyses; design and analysis of epidemiological studies; further statistics for clinical trials; cluster randomised trials.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Distance Learning

Qualifications required:

  • Either a first or second class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course; or an appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years: Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved; (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening.