Clinical Trials (MPH)

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Clinical Trials

The module 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. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module 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.


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

2 block weeks of teaching

Module Dates

Module dates to be confirmed


One unseen examination.

Module Coordinators

Laura Magill (module lead) 
Smitaa Patel (deputy module lead) 

Stand Alone Course

This module can be taken as a standalone course if required. It can be assessed or non assessed. To apply, please contact the Programme Coordinator on 0121 414 7577 or at All applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module For fees and entry requirements, please contact the Programme Coordinator.

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