Project Title:

Curriculum Development of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation of PhD Students and Early Career Researchers in the Medical, Science, Pharmacy and Health Professions

Duration of the project:

01/11/2021 – 31/10/2024


Partners in the CONSCIOUS II Project

  • University of Pécs (Hungary)
  • University of Szeged (Hungary)
  • University of Nova De Usboa (Portugal)
  • Université Paris Cité (France)
  • University College Cork (UCC) (Ireland)


CONSCIOUS II Project Objectives

  1.  To design a clinical trial curriculum which will provide PhD students and early career researchers with the skills to design, conduct and report on clinical trials in their relevant disciplines.
  2. To provide transferable interdisciplinary training to PhD students and early career researchers, focusing on leadership, scientific publishing and teaching so they have the tools to become clinical trial leaders in their respective fields.
  3. To disseminate widely, through our respective Universities and partnerships, the finished curriculum, to make this training available to as many people as possible worldwide.
  4. To standardize the clinical trials curriculum in Europe, to raise awareness of and disseminate the best practices in the field of clinical trials education.
  5. To reinforce the existing cooperation in the field of clinical trials education in Europe, by continuing and further strengthening the collaboration with ECRIN partner


Project Outcomes:

  • A freely available 9 lesson clinical trial curriculum for postgraduates, specifically PhD students and early career researchers in the medical, science, pharmacy and health professions.
  • A freely available 3 lesson curriculum focused on transferable interdisciplinary training, to provide the skills to each participant to lead a clinical trial and lead a team in their respective disciplines.
  • Address the gap identified by NIHR, namely the lack of support for people to lead their own clinical trials by providing that training in an easily accessible forum.
  • Address four of the five NIHR recommendations:
    – Increase flexibility and availability of training programmes for clinical trials training
    – Increase dissemination of opportunities for clinical trials training
    – Explore linking trials training into the broader research pathway
    – Consider key skills for different stages of clinical trials training


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