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 a component of medical and health research that focuses on acquiring knowledge that can be used to improve the understanding of human disease to aid in the prevention and treatment of illness and for promoting good health.

The Graduate Programs in Clinical Research were established to provide a professional and structured clinical research training program for 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 broad research skills applied in a clinical context.

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
Who Should Apply Our program is designed for clinicians and health professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines who are currently involved in or seek a career in research.
Subjects The Graduate Certificate requires completion of 50 points of coursework, which includes the four core subjects listed below.

CLRS90027 Principles of Clinical Research - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 are the Academic course coordinators.
Entry Requirements An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science which is recognised by the University as evidence of adequate preparation for the course plus documented evidence of at least the equivalent of one year's full-time relevant professional work experience in a medical, scientific or allied health environment and an explanation of why the course is to be undertaken.

All students are required to meet the English Language requirements of the University.

The University of Melbourne offers staff and their immediate families a discount of up to 25% on tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research.
Further details about the discount, including eligibility criteria and the application process.
Course Fees Fees in 2017 are $11,400 ($2,850 per subject).

Staff of the University of Melbourne are eligible for a 25% discount on the fees where their application is accompanied by a letter of support from their Head of Department.
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 27th - 30th March 2017 20 March 2017
or once places have filled
Study Design in Clinical Research 8th - 11th May 2017 20 March 2017
or once places have filled
Responsibilities in Clinical Research 21st - 24th August 2017 20 March 2017
or once places have filled
Data Analysis in Clinical Research 23rd - 27th October 2017 20 March 2017
or once places have filled
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research
(Neuroscience)
29th - 31st May 2017,
1st, 2nd, 5th - 9th Jun 2017
10 May 2017
or once places have filled
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research
(Oncology)
4th - 6th April 2017
18th - 20th July 2017
31 March 2017
or once places have filled
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)
Master of Clinical Research (2018)
Contact Us Program Coordinator - Kathy Griffiths
TL-ClinicalResearch@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: (03) 8344 2601