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Study clinical trials research

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Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Research is targeted at medical doctors and allied health professionals and will allow you to acquire the expertise needed to design, develop, lead and conduct clinical trials.

The course is led by the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC), Australia's premier academic clinical trials research organisation and is specifically focused on clinical trials design and research methodology and is offered via distance learning only.

Graduates will gain a solid understanding of clinical trials methodologies underpinning the design of high quality studies, and the knowledge to lead, conduct and appropriately interpret the results of single and multi-centre clinical trials.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

Why study this course?

  • understand the advantages and limitations of various trial designs
  • gain a solid understanding of different scientific research methods that underpin the design of high quality clinical studies
  • be able to lead and/or contribute to designing, efficiently conducting and appropriately interpreting the results of single and multi-centre clinical trials
  • be able to identify and understand the appropriate literature with respect to clinical questions and clinical trials design
  • have a solid understanding of the clinical trial process including the design, the statistical and ethical considerations, and the selection of participants.
  • we offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, as no applications will be accepted after this time, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible as no applications will be accepted after this time, and to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials (Research) is made up of 24 credit points and consists of 1-3 years of part-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Research will hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Career pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Research aims to build research capacity through a formal qualification and improve the quality of the conduct of trials. Leading to employment opportunities in clinical trials research, this course is designed to equip graduates with the skills necessary to lead and design clinical trials both nationally and internationally.

Domestic students

International students

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