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MSc in Clinical Trials

Get a master’s degree from the University of Oxford

The MSc in Clinical Trials is a new, flexible, distance-learning course. It is a collaboration between the ESC and the University of Oxford.

The ESC is providing educational grants to selected candidates.

Applications to the MSc in Clinical Trials at Oxford University are now closed, for October 2021 intake. 

If you are interested in applying for the ESC Education Grant please see below, under "fees and fundings".

Programme overview

The MSc in Clinical Trials is the first post-graduate programme proposed by the European Heart Academy that allows part-time distance learning.

Over 2 years, the course will provide participants with in-depth training and understanding of how to plan and conduct randomised clinical trials.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with key opinion leaders and internationally renowned trialists.

Who should attend?

The MSc in Clinical Trials is open to healthcare professionals from across Europe and around the world.

The emphasis will be on training professionals working in cardiovascular disease, however other specialties will also be welcome.

Proficiency in English is required.

Why apply?


Application to the MSc in Clinical Trials

Applications to the MSc in Clinical Trials at Oxford University are now closed, for October 2021 intake. 

Stay informed about next intake :


Structure and content

Start date

October 2021

Distance learning

2 years programme with 8 online modules including:

  • Lectures
  • Master classes
  • Seminars
  • Online community 
In-person training in Oxford

Over the 2 years, students will attend one compulsory one-week residential session at the University of Oxford, and a second optional face-to-face three-day session.

Self study
  • 15-20 hours of work per week
  • Online community - interact with fellow students and international clinical trialists
Module topics
  1. Introduction to the principles of randomised trials
  2. Regulatory and ethical framework and participant involvement
  3. Design to implementation: protocol, budget, set-up, monitoring and outcomes
  4. Data management and analysis
  5. Big data and new technologies
  6. Different types of trials and particular populations
  7. Health economics and outcome measures
  8. Meta-analyses and reporting

More information about the programme

Tuition fees for October 2021 entry

Total course fees : 

  • Annual course fee for year 1 (2021-2022): GBP 8,876
  • Estimated annual course fee for year 2 (2022-2023): GBP 8,876

Accommodation in Oxford during the 2 short residential sessions is included in the course fees. Travel and other expenses will be covered by the student.

For more information about possible fees increase please check the University of Oxford website.


ESC Educational Grant

The ESC is providing financial support to selected students.

Applications for the ESC Educational Grant for are now closed.