Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Research Award Graduate Certificate
Course Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Course Code N12AA
Course Abbreviation GCertCR
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS), School of Health Sciences
Background Clinical Research is fundamental to advancing our understanding of human disease to aid in the prevention and treatment of illness and for the promotion of good health.

The Graduate Programs in Clinical Research were established to provide a professional and structured clinical research training program for biomedical science graduates and health professionals, with an emphasis on applying research within a clinical context.
Course Description Learn the fundamentals required to undertake clinical research at one of the world’s premier research universities. Our newly redesigned Graduate Certificate of Clinical Research will provide you with the essential skills required to design and apply a research project in a clinical setting.

Over the course of our one-year program, you will learn how to design a clinical research study including quantitative and qualitative methodology, evaluation of research literature, statistical analysis and ethics in clinical research. With teaching from some of the finest clinical researchers, you will develop a broad understanding of clinical research and what constitutes good clinical research practice.
Delivery Mode The Graduate Certificate is a 50 point program with four core subjects delivered part-time over one year. It is the first in a series of nested award programs and successful completion qualifies graduates for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and the Master of Clinical Research.

Each subject is delivered in an intensive workshop and seminar format supported by online content before and after delivery days. Intensive teaching periods for each subject are a minimum of 4 days, with a total of 17 teaching days spread across the year, see delivery dates for more information.
Who Should Apply Our program is designed for clinicians and health professionals from a broad range of clinical disciplines including graduates with biomedical, medical, nursing, allied health, health science and social science backgrounds who are currently involved in or seek a career in clinical research.

Please note the Graduate Certificate is a part-time course only and not CRICOS registered. International students attending the course will need to seek an alternative visa arrangement as the student visa is not available for this part-time award.

Our Graduate Diploma and Master of Clinical Research are both available as full-time courses and are CRICOS registered, making them available to international students who would like to live and study in Australia.
Subjects The Graduate Certificate requires completion of 50 points of coursework, which includes the four core subjects listed below.

CLRS90027 Principles of Clinical Research (12.5 points)
Medical research studies can be split into five distinct phases — conception, design, execution, analysis, and publication/reporting. The quality of a study is highly dependent on the selection of a proper study design and this in turn is determined by the research question to be answered. This subject will introduce participants to the principles of research within a clinical (i.e. health) setting. This subject provides individuals from medical and allied health professions (such as nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists etc.) and others with a biomedical science-based background with a conceptual framework in research undertaken in clinical and medical settings.

CLRS90011 Study Design in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
Identifying the most appropriate study design is important for generating the best evidence to answer a clinical research question. A well-designed study will clearly identify a range of variables including the participant population, the intervention or exposure of interest and the outcomes to be investigated and how data will be collected. Understanding the various indications for different study designs is important for not only devising a new study but also for critically reviewing published studies. This subject will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the principles and application of a variety of study designs in a clinical/medical setting.

CLRS90013 Responsibilities in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
It is critically important that you understand your responsibilities as a clinical researcher prior to undertaking any clinical research. These responsibilities originate from the very fundamentals – What is research? Why do we do it? How does it work? In this subject, we will discover the key responsibilities that apply to clinical research. Ensuring that clinical research is conducted ethically, as well as responsibly, is also very important. This importance goes beyond ‘simple’ compliance.

CLRS90010 Data Analysis in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
This subject introduces students to the basic principles of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques. It will provide a functional grounding in the theoretical concepts behind each type of analysis, as well as exploration of the interpretation of data and the difference, where applicable, between clinical vs statistical significance.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Academic and Teaching Team Dr Justin Bilszta and Dr Anita Horvath - Course Coordinators, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Vijaya Sundararajan - Subject Coordinator, Principles of Clinical Research & Study Design in Clinical Research
Dr Charles Malpas - Subject coordinator, Data Analysis in Clinical Research
Entry Requirements To be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
  • an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science, and
  • at least one year of documented, relevant professional work experience in a medical, scientific or allied health environment.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
  • prior academic performance; and
  • the research experience or evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research; and
  • the capacity of a participating department to provide adequate supervision in a research project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual applicant.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Course Fees

Fees in 2018 are $15,000 ($3,750 per 12.5 subject).
Fees are subject to an annual increase

Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) during intensive delivery of subjects.

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP FEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Delivery Dates and Times
Subject Delivery Dates Application Closing Date
Principles of Clinical Research 26 February – 1 March 2018 1 February 2018
or once places have filled
Study Design in Clinical Research 26 – 29 March 2018 1 February 2018
or once places have filled
Responsibilities in Clinical Research 6 – 9 August 2018 1 February 2018
or once places have filled
Data Analysis in Clinical Research 29 October - 2 November 2018 1 February 2018
or once places have filled
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research
13 - 17 August 2018,
1, 2, 5 - 9 June 2017
1 August 2018
or once places have filled
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research
Session 1 2018 TBC
Session 2 2018 TBC
or once places have filled
How to apply Applications are open for 2018

To apply, please complete the online form (link at bottom of page) and attach the following supporting documentation:
  • Academic transcript OR health practitioner registration certificate from AHPRA
  • Resume, documenting clinical experience including contact details of a professional referee
  • Proof of citizenship/permanent residency (such as passport or birth certificate)
  • You will require the following course and subject codes to complete the online form:
    Course code: N12AA
    Subject codes: CLRS90027, CLRS90010, CLRS90011, CLRS90013
Delivery Venue The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Related Courses and Subjects Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience)
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (2018)
Masters of Clinical Research (2018)
Contact Us Jessie Johnston
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 3244