UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

Clinical trials are essential in discovering whether new healthcare interventions improve outcomes for patients. This face-to-face programme will provide an excellent grounding in clinical trials and enhance the knowledge and understanding of those already working in the field. This is an expanding area which offers many exciting career opportunities. Students learn about the scientific, methodological and practical issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials. Teaching is delivered by researchers with expertise in many different healthcare fields. All types of trials, from early to late phase trials, and from simple to complex interventions are covered. The programme is aimed at graduates from healthcare, life sciences or other related disciplines and health professionals who are interested in a career in clinical trials. It is also aimed at professionals working in the field who wish to develop their knowledge and skills. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become key team members in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of high-quality clinical trials. Potential career opportunities include trial and data management, statistics, regulation of clinical trials, and medical writing. Career destinations include academic trials units, the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organisations, or hospitals. Students may also use this qualification as a springboard for further study at doctoral level. This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly. Module content and availability is subject to change.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,440 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,440 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £25,150 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,210 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,210 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £12,510 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a healthcare or life science related subject (including pharmacy) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Clinicians are required to have a degree (for example, an MBBS).
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100