UCC CPD courses

Introduction to Clinical Trial Design and Analysis


Fact File

  • Title

    Introduction to Clinical Trial Design and Analysis

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    21st of March 2022 to 29th of May 2022

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €1350.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See below See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    18th February 2022

  • Start Date

    21st of March 2022


Module Objective: Students will learn the fundamental elements of clinical trial design.

Module Content: Review of basic probability theory; frequentist statistical inference; causal inference in clinical trials; sample selection; randomization; allocation concealment; outcomes; baselines and covariates; sample size and power; 2-arm parallel trials; linear models; regulatory advice on trial design and analysis.


Technical Entry Requirements (Online) This programme will be delivered wholly online. As such there are specific technical requirements that you need to meet.

1. You will need access to a laptop or desktop (either Mac OS or Windows) running a relatively recent operating system (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or Mac OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10). Tablets and smartphones are not officially supported by UCC.

2. You will need access to a reliable broadband connection with at least 2MB download speeds. You can test your broadband or 4G speeds by visiting http://www.speedtest.net

3. You must have a modern web browser installed. The most reliable options for use with UCC online learning are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Download and installation instructions will be provided. Safari is not suitable. 4. You must have Java and Flash Runtimes installed. Download and installation instructions will be provided.

7. You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office 2003 or later or equivalent) and a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Acrobat Reader XI or later). Please note that registered UCC students have access to discounted software from Microsoft and Adobe


Academic Requirements
1. Students are expected to hold an honours primary degree (NFQ Level 8), minimum second class honours grade 2, or equivalent, in a Science or health related discipline, or relevant subject area.

Professional Requirements
2. Also open to registered health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health care disciplines who may not have a primary degree. Such applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body in their country (e.g. the Irish Medical Council, the Nursing and
Midwifery Board of Ireland, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland etc. for Irish applicants).
3. All applicants will be required to write a 500 word personal statement on why they wish to pursue a career in clinical trials.
4. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with an honours primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in an unrelated field, and who can demonstrate relevant experience in clinical research, may
be considered for entry to the programme, subject to the approval of the programme team.
5. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview.
6. In all cases, decisions will be based on qualifications and quality of application.

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