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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 for the course are now open.

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?



 Applications to the MSc in Clinical Trials at Oxford University are now open.   


The programme has two admissions deadlines. The first, in January 2020, will allow candidates to apply for funding and a place on the course. The second deadline, in March 2020, will allow candidates to apply for a place only on the course – no funding will be offered to candidates who apply after the January deadline.

We may select up to 35 participants for the course each year. The number of selected participants may be fewer in 2020.

The ESC will provide educational grants for selected candidates. See ‘Fees and Funding’ for details.

Structure and content

Start date

October 2020 

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

Expected tuition fee for the two years: £17,070.

Accommodation is included. Travel and other expenses will be covered by the

ESC Educational Grants

The ESC is providing financial support to selected students, covering the full amount ot the tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for 2020.

If you want to be informed when applications open again please fill in this form.