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Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit

Inside a Clinical Trials Unit


This course provides the opportunity to spend up to one year learning about a Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) and the design and conduct of pragmatic clinical trials in a live environment.  You will observe real time trial processes and PCTU activities and spend one to one time with knowledgeable and experienced PCTU tutors.  Participants can choose to specialise in a particular area of CTU work such as statistics, data management, health economics, quality assurance or trial management.  Some of your time will be spent on guided self-directed learning and your tutor will direct you to develop an individualised learning plan with access to specialised resource learning and practical tasks which will allow you to fully engage with the PCTU and your chosen area of interest.

Course Content

  • Registration on the following  PCTU taught courses, Introduction to Pragmatic Trial Design’, ‘Introduction to Trials within Cohorts’, ‘Practical Guide to Cluster Randomised Trials and Stepped Wedge Design’
  • A minimum of 10 hours observing collaborations and other PCTU activities to gain experience and understanding of the life cycle of a trial
  • A minimum of 6 hours with a lead tutor, to consolidate learning and discuss learning objectives and progress
  • A minimum of 6 hours with a specialist tutor from your area of interest (statistics, data management, quality assurance or trial management)

Who this course is for

This course is ideal for those undertaking a Fellowship, new principle investigators or researchers who are interested in the work of a Clinical Trials Unit.

Course structure

The course can start at any point in the year, but the number of places at any one time is limited.  We usually require one months’ notice.  Early expression of interest is recommended.  The course is usually undertaken over a period of 9-12 months but can be customised to fit a shorter time frame if necessary.

Location: PCTU, Yvonne Carter Building, 58 Turner Street, E1 2AB

Availability: Limited places

Cost: £3200 external, £2900 for QMUL staff* 

For further information and to register your interest please contact

 *Prices for 2020/21 academic year

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