Clinical Trials Programme

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As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. We celebrate and strengthen our deep-rooted and distinctive internationalism, attracting the world’s best minds and building innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.

Edinburgh is a truly global University and we have always had a commitment to diversity and a community in which students and staff feel valued and welcome. Our international students now represent 44% of our total community, coming from 180 nations, while 29% of our staff come from outside the UK.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 placed the University of Edinburgh as Scotland's top ranked research institution. The REF is the system used to assess the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The results revealed that 83% of the University’s research activity was in the highest categories - 4* and 3*- which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Based on the quality and breadth of its research, Edinburgh has been rated fourth in the UK and by far the most successful university in Scotland. Its submission was one of the largest and most comprehensive in the UK.

The Clinical Trials Programme is one of a suite of online courses offered by the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics. The Usher is a centre of research and teaching in the Edinburgh Medical School department of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences.

Our Programme is uniquely placed to tap into the clinical trials expertise that exists in the Edinburgh Bioquarter, a leading global destination for healthcare delivery, groundbreaking medical research and life sciences innovation and entrepreneurship.  We enjoy close links with clinical trials professionals in NHS Lothian, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility and Edinburgh Clinical Trials.

Providing a top quality learning and teaching experience is something which the University values extremely highly. In Scotland we are fortunate to have the tried and tested Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) in place which plays a very effective role in monitoring the quality of teaching in our universities. The University performed very strongly in the Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) run by the Quality Assurance Agency, which appraises the quality of the student learning experience institution-wide. The experience which the University offers was highly praised as were some of the unique initiatives it has implemented to ensure that it provides an excellent learning and teaching experience.

The University of Edinburgh has stood proudly for over 400 years and it will continue to be a beacon of excellence, with a determinedly international outlook, for generations to come.