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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Clinical Services Administration

Course type


Course Summary

This PGDip programme provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions. They are suitable for students working in low-, middle- and high-income countries. 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. The course will give students an understanding of trials which will equip them to work in this increasingly important field. This course is 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. Assessment varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments.

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date

Contact University


This module will provide a student with a solid understanding of the main issues in the design and interpretation of clinical trials. The module will outline the fundamental principles of comparative clinical trials in investigating effectiveness, efficacy and safety of treatments; and compare the benefits of clinical trials in comparison to alternative study designs. The main features of clinical trials, including methodological and organisational considerations, and the principles of trial conduct and reporting will be described. Key decisions surrounding design (including sample size), delivery and assessment of clinical trials will be explored.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students are required to have: 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.

University information

Students, academics, and professionals study with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and come from all over the world for its international culture, collaboration, research excellence and renowned Master’s programmes, research degrees and short courses in global health. Over the last 120 years, LSHTM has spearheaded world-leading research and teaching within a global network of academics, alumni, students and partners....more

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