Education and training

Clinical trial professionals around a table

Clinical trials have huge societal impact, providing the best evidence of the effectiveness of healthcare, social care and public health interventions.

Research through clinical trials is a growing global business in academic institutions, industry, the NHS and across public health organisations. To ensure efficient trials that reach successful completion, trial staff require a solid grounding and knowledge of the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials. 

Clinical Trials - MSc/Diploma/PGCert

Whether you already work in clinical trials or you want to move into this increasingly important field, this is the postgraduate programme for you. The programme is designed to produce skilled specialist trials staff and expert trial chief investigators of the future, ultimately improving the lives of people around the world. The University of Birmingham hosts the Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials, one of the leading centres in the UK for designing and implementing high-quality trials across a wide range of diseases and settings. 

There are many exciting career opportunities in both academic institutions and industry within this growing field; staff working within clinical trials include healthcare professionals, statisticians, economists, qualitative researchers, programmers, data mangers, quality assurance officers and trial managers. 

This on-campus Clinical Trials programme ran by programme leads Dr Sara Brookes and Razia Meer-Baloch provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the design, conduct and interpretation of clinical trials. Full-time and part-time options are available. Learn more by viewing the course page

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Clinical Trials – standalone courses

The majority of the modules in the Clinical Trials – MSc/PGDip/PGCert Programme are also available as independent short courses.

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Research Methods Course

The Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) organises and runs a three-day course in research methods for clinical trials, which provides an overview of the research process from idea and design to analysis and publication.

The course is currently run three times a year, is CPD approved and accredited with 18 CPD points.

The course is designed for a broad clinical trial audience working in trusts, academia or industry; ranging from those who have little experience in clinical trials to those who wish to expand their knowledge of clinical trial methodology and the clinical trial process.

The Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) brings together the clinical trial expertise from across the University of Birmingham and, in particular The Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU), and The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU). BCCT is one of the leading centres in the UK for designing and implementing high quality trials across a wide range of diseases and clinical settings. The Research Methods Course is organised by Razia Meer-Baloch (Training and Education Lead, BCTU) and the programme is delivered by a wide range of clinical trials experts from across BCCT. 

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West Midlands Training Collaborative

The NIHR CRN West Midlands Research Training Collaborative oversees a portfolio of training which meets the needs of the West Midlands research workforce regardless of role and level of experience.