How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol Preparation
The How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol Preparation course is a one-week module of the MSc in Experimental and Translational Therapeutics. Offered by the Department of Oncology and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the teaching will be led by Dr Grant D Vallance, Information Manager at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and will feature face-to-face lectures and tutorials from some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists.
The module can be taken as a stand-alone short course. It includes group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers.
The How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions course will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about and discuss the following topics:
The design and implementation of clinical trials (Phase I to Phase IV)
- Understanding methodological issues in clinical trial design
- Understanding and creating trial protocols
- Understanding (internal) trial governance issues and how to address them
- Understanding statistical issues and how to address them
- Understanding and addressing ethical issues in clinical trials - an introduction to Research Ethics
- Understanding data management in clinical trials and how to implement a solution
- Understanding (external) clinical trial governance issues and how to address them
- Understanding and dealing with key stakeholders in clinical trial delivery - data managers; trial coordinators; research nurses; ethics committees
What do students say about the course?
"The topics were all interesting and well presented. Also the group had very diverse backgrounds and that added to the value of the course. The protocol writing was a valuable exercise especially with the diversity of the group which helped with learning various skills."
Consultant Gynaecologist, Lead Colposcopist and Lead for Gynae Oncology Unit, UK
"I liked that it was a small group of students and a relaxed atmosphere where we could interact with the instructors."
Associate Principal Scientist, Clinical Research, New Jersey, USA
This course can be taken:
- as a 5 day short course (for credit or not for credit)
- as part of the MSc in Experimental and Translational Therapeutics
- as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research
- as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research
We anticipate that this course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education premises in Oxford - either in Rewley House, Wellington Square, or at our Ewert House location in Summertown. The location will be confirmed later in the academic year.
Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a certificate of attendance. The sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.
Those successfully completing the course for credit can request a CATS point transcript.
Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.
This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
MSc in Experimental & Translational Therapeutics: £1790.00
Stand-alone short course: £2030.00
Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available on our sources of funding page.
The course fee includes:
- Course materials
- Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
- Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
- Radcliffe Science Library
- Rewley House Continuing Education Library
- Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
- Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
- The Graduate School
- WebLearn virtual learning environment
- Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).
Dr Grant D Vallance
TutorDr Grant D. Vallance originally hails from New Zealand. He has degrees in Biochemistry (undergraduate), Bioethics (Masters), and Ethics and the Philosophy of Science (Ph.D.). He has spent 5 years on various NHS Research Ethics Committees and among other things worked in clinical trials coordination for the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH). He now works as an Information Manager in the OUH as well as leading the Experimental Therapeutics Module 5 -- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol Preparation.
The course will be taught by a range of scientists leading these areas of research, and there will be significant time programmed to discuss the scientific and sometimes ethical issues raised by this area of medical research. It will include group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers.
A virtual learning environment (VLE) and access to some of the University of Oxford’s online resources will provide support for those taking the course for credit.
Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words. The assessment is only undertaken by those taking the course for academic credit.
Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 75% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.
Application deadline: two weeks before the commencement of the course.
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This course requires you to complete the application form and the additional information form below, and submit them alongside a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.
Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.
- Short Course Application Form and Guidance Notes
- Additional Information Form
- Reference Form
- Terms and Conditions
Level and demands
The course will appeal to health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including qualified doctors, especially specialist registrars in clinical pharmacology or in training for other medical sub-specialities; clinical research fellows; pharmacists; nurses; graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic clinical trials.
To apply for this short course you should:
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have experience in a health-related field
- demonstrate a suitable level of English (if this is not your first language).
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support