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Clinical Research Trials University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education

This award enables you to understand and apply appropriate principles and practices in relation to the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental clinical research trials.


Course overview

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Where you study

Both face-to-face (at Teesside University main campus) and online delivery are used to allow flexibility and provide you with the opportunity to learn entirely in attendance, at a distance or through a combination of the two (flexible learning).

Professional accreditation

The award can help you to demonstrate achievement towards the following Knowledge and Skills Framework dimensions – core dimensions 1, 2, 4, 5 and specific dimensions IK 1 - 3 and G1, 2.


Course details

What you study

You acquire the skills required to design randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental clinical research trials and consider the practicalities of implementing such trials.

How you learn

For attending students, keynote lectures introduce theoretical concepts and individual and group-based exercises encourage the application of this theory to practice. For distance-learning students, online learning materials are provided which incorporate the practical activities discussed in the attendance strategy. Group discussion is facilitated though the use of discussion forums such as blogs. Tutorial support is provided through the use of email and electronic communication tools such as Skype. Online learning materials are made available on the Virtual Learning Environment (e-learning@tees) on a weekly basis following the same timetable as the class-based sessions.

All students are offered individual tutorial support to assist in the preparation of your summative assignment.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy consists of one optional formative assignment and one summative assignment. For the summative assignment you select one clinical research question from those provided by the tutor, and design and justify a clinical-research trial protocol to answer the chosen research question (maximum of 4,000 words) in a format that adheres to the advice provided by the module tutors and the School. Submission of the summative assignment is in Week 27.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should have evidence of previous degree level study and having studied research methods at degree level, and work experience in health related field or research.



2023/24 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 20 weeks
  • Start date: January
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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