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Clinical Trials: Evidence and Design



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Different clinical study designs provide varying levels of evidence. Learn how to evaluate the strength of evidence from clinical trials and how this evidence is used to underpin evidence-based medicine, regulation of therapeutic goods and health policy.

About this microcredential

Clinical trials are an essential tool for establishing the safety and efficacy of medical treatments and are integral to evidence-based medicine and the regulation of therapeutic goods. Understanding how to interpret clinical evidence is important for a range of professions in pharmaceutical, clinical practice and health research and policy fields. 

In this microcredential, participants will learn to identify different trial designs along with their advantages and limitations and develop skills in the interpretation of evidence from clinical trials. They will also learn how this evidence is used for drug development, clinical care and the approval of therapeutic goods.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential aligns with the 2 credit point subject, Clinical Trials: Evidence and Design (60002) in one of the following postgraduate offerings: Master of Science (C04241) or Master of Medical Biotechnology (C04390).

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

Anyone with an interest in the clinical trials sector would benefit from this microcredential, and in particular,  science and medical graduates, medical researchers and allied health professionals who wish to learn more about the clinical trials process and how the evidence from clinical trials is implemented.


Full price: $1,680.00 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

The following content will be covered during the microcredential:

Module 1

  • Introduction and clinical trials basics.

Module 2

  • Clinical trial designs.

Module 3

  • Interpreting evidence from clinical trials.

Module 4

  • Application of evidence from clinical trials.

Course delivery

This microcredential incorporates a range of teaching and learning strategies, including live presentations, discussions, case studies and group activities. Online workshops are scheduled throughout the four-week teaching period for participants to interact with instructors and peers.

Course learning objectives

  • Understand the context of clinical trials and why they are used
  • Identify different types of trial design and list the advantages and limitations of each
  • Evaluate evidence from clinical trials with reference to the study design, reported statistics and study objectives
  • Describe how evidence from clinical trials can be translated into treatments, policy and clinical guidelines.


Assessment for the microcredential includes:

  • Four quizzes (15% each) - multiple-choice questions delivered at the end of each module
  • Written case study (40%).

Participants must achieve 50% or more of total marks overall.



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas.


  • Recommended background in health or science.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount UTS alumni and staff.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (UTS alumni)

Please contact the team at with your student number to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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