Short course

Clinical Trials (MPH)

The short course will enable you to understand the role of randomised trials and the ethics involved, to appreciate the principles of good trial design, the application of alternatives and how trial results are used to inform health policy.

Start date
5 - 9 February 2024
5 days
Home - £1,130 International - £2,960
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits


This short course aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of trial methodology with a focus on understanding, critical appraisal and interpretation of published work. Materials will be derived from real, ongoing or completed trials. The course will involve lectures, task-based learning and facilitated group-discussion. 


On completion, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the role of randomised trials and be able to explain the purpose of randomisation.
  2. Recognise and understand the principles of good trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting and be able to critically appraise and interpret trial results.
  3. Understand the processes of ethical approval, data and safety monitoring, informed consent, Good Clinical Practice and regulation as applied to clinical trials.
  4. Understand how alternative trial designs can be applied and the need for appropriate sample size calculations and outcome selection.
  5. Understand how trial results can be used to inform health policy such as NICE guidelines.

Attendance Required

2 block weeks of teaching


One unseen examination


  • Laura Magill (module lead) 
  • Rebecca Woolley (deputy module lead) 

Stand Alone Course

  • Clinical Trials can be taken as a stand alone course if required.
  • It can be assessed or non assessed.
  • To apply, or for further information, please contact the Programme Coordinator at 
  • All applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module