Clinical Research Courses

Discover how medical treatments are discovered and understand the process of clinical trials in these online clinical research courses from experts.

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Clinical trials are a key part of medical research in which new treatments, tests, and tactics are evaluated using human participants. These processes are highly regulated, meticulously assessed and monitored by governing medical organisations.

Those involved sign up and consent to the treatment or tests, with their responses and results monitored by a team of researchers and medical professionals.

There are 4 main phases of every clinical trial:

  • Phase 1: Testing a small sample group to evaluate factors like dosage range, scale of treatment and side effects.
  • Phase 2: Testing successful treatments on a larger group of people to gather more data and identify any further effects.
  • Phase 3: Expanding the test focus to larger groups across different geographical areas.
  • Phase 4: Once the treatment is approved for use, further testing and monitoring of the larger group over an extended time period.

There are a wide range of career paths within clinical research. However, most roles involve a background in science, data analysis, medical administration or project management. Some of the most common clinical research jobs include:

  • Research scientist
  • Research associate
  • Research coordinator
  • Biostatistician
  • Data manager
  • Trial manager
  • Trial support worker

Take courses in clinical research with FutureLearn

Our clinical research training will introduce you to the world of medical science, data, and treatment investigation.

Through clinical trial courses, you’ll gain an understanding of how medical treatments are developed, tested, and evaluated. Discover the profound importance of clinical trials and the challenges they pose in modern healthcare.

Broaden your career prospects with specialised courses on clinical research teams, data sharing, rare diseases, and much more. Whether you’re currently working in the field or interested in transitioning to a career in clinical research, our online courses fit flexibly around your schedule so you can learn at your own pace.

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