Clinical Trial Management


Developing best practice for the management and delivery of clinical trials.

This module will focus on providing an understanding of the lifecycle of a clinical trial from design to publication, and the key steps involved in their delivery. Students will learn about the practical steps involved in setting up and managing clinical trials. While there will be a focus on UK practice, the knowledge gained will be applicable across a number of research settings and countries, particularly those who are signatories to the ICH-GCP tripartite agreement (EU, Japan and United States, 1996).

The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm, Friday, 17 May 2024. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.


By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the key position that randomised controlled trials play in translation research.
  2. Understand the different study designs employed by CTUs and the benefits of each.
  3. Be able to classify a clinical research study appropriately and have an understanding of the associated regulatory framework.
  4. Be able to develop a detailed trial protocol compliant with all applicable regulations.
  5. Understand the lifecycle of a clinical trial including development of detailed project plans, understanding the approvals process, the importance of a statistical analysis plan, data management plan and risk based trial monitoring, and knowing how to set and monitor milestones and take corrective action.
  6. Understanding the role of a Clinical Trials Unit.
  7. Have an awareness of the support available for research networks in the UK.

Programme details

This module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).



Description Costs
New Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care £2340.00
New Students enrolled on PG Cert/Dip in Health Research £2340.00
Short Course in Health Sciences £2890.00


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.


If you are an employee of the University of Oxford and have a valid University staff card you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on the full stand-alone fee. To take advantage of this offer please submit a scan/photocopy of your staff card along with your application. Your card should be valid for a further six months after attending the course.


Johanna Cook

Module Coordinator

Johanna Cook is a Senior Clinical Trials Manager at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.

Academic Credit

Applicants may take this course for academic credit. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for this course. Participants attending at least 80% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

Applicants can choose not to take the course for academic credit and will therefore not be eligible to undertake the academic assignment offered to students taking the course for credit. Applicants cannot receive CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points or equivalence. Credit cannot be attributed retrospectively. CATS accreditation is required if you wish for the course to count towards a further qualification in the future.

A Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course.

Applicants registered to attend ‘not for credit’ who subsequently wish to register for academic credit and complete the assignment are required to submit additional information, which must be received one calendar month in advance of the course start date. Please contact us for more details.

Please contact if you have any questions.


This course requires you to complete the application form and to attach a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also be required to provide a reference. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes which appear when you click on the symbols as you progress through the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Selection criteria

Admissions Criteria:
To apply for the course you should:

  • Be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • Have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • Be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
  • Have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
  • Show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
  • Be able to demonstrate English Language proficiency at the University’s higher level


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

IT requirements

Please ensure that you have access to a computer that meets the specifications detailed on our technical support page.