Clinical Research

In these activities, pupils learn about how new medicines are developed – from the initial idea, through the science that turns them into treatments, to the clinical research that tests whether they are safe and effective.

Curriculum Links

  • KS4: Science
  • AS/A Level: Applied Science, Human Biology
  • SQA Access, Intermediate and Higher: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry

Key words

  • Clinical research
  • Development of medicines
  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III clinical trials


  • Detecting Cancer
  • How are medicines developed and tested?