Professional Certificate (PCert)

Clinical Trial and Drug Development

Key Facts

Next intake: 10 Apr 2023


Registration: Register Now


Duration and Delivery: 4-week (Online) 


Workload: 3-4 hours per week


Entry requirements: No formal qualification is required. However, a basic knowledge of the biomedical science area is recommended.


Fees: £159 (UK and International)



Elisa Hampson



This Professional Certificate (PCert) course will provide you the basic knowledge of different stages of the drug development process, including how drugs are discovered, tested, and turned into suitable medicine. You’ll also learn about clinical trials and the regulatory assessments, which medicine must undergo before being released to the patients.


In the first two modules, you’ll develop your core scientific and experimental skills across the breadth of drug development including clinical trials, the life cycle of a medicine, and quality control. In the last two modules, you will learn about drug delivery and the latest tool in drug development. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to work on a final project. This will give you the opportunity to develop your skills further in clinical trials and drug development.


Course Content


The online distance-learning delivery of the course will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures.


Module 1: Fundamentals of clinical trial

Explore the basics of clinical trials and drug development including processes. Understand different phases of a clinical trial.


Module 2: The life cycle of medicines

Understand the life cycle of medicine development in detail including how are medicines evaluated and overview of pharmaceutical validation.


Module 3: Drug delivery and quality assurance

Explore the essential regulatory sciences and drug delivery processes. Learn the guidelines for quality assurance in multicenter trials and ensuring trial validity by data quality assurance. 


Module 4: Developments in clinical trials and drug development

Explore the latest technological development and analytical methods used in drug development including 3D printing in pharmaceutical applications, advances in therapeutic protein drug development, and next-generation human skin constructs for drug development.


Fees and Funding


UK and International: £159 (total including electronic certificate).


Entry Requirements


This is a beginner-level course and no prior formal qualification required. However, basic knowledge and some prior qualification in bioscience or pharmaceutical sciences is highly recommended. All our PCert coursed are taught in English. You must have good English language skills.


Career Opportunities


This course is designed to aid professional development in the field of pharmaceutical sciences and drug development, enabling you to further your expertise within an existing career path or to change career direction.


Taught By


CamCID Research Team and Guest Lecturers (faculty members from multiple universities).

May include additional material by our partners


How To Apply


Register Now