Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Research Award Graduate Diploma

Course

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research

Course Code

N34AA

Partner Faculty

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS),
School of Health Sciences

Background

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

The Graduate Diploma builds on the fundamentals of clinical research methodology and ethical responsibilities delivered as part of the Graduate Certificate, by teaching participants how to manage and apply their research through project management and knowledge translation. Participants also have the opportunity to undertake advanced study in an elective stream (25 credit points) of their choice - clinical oncology, clinical neuroscience and imaging, eHealth/bioinformatics, advanced clinical trial methodology or a project in clinical research.

Delivery Mode

The Graduate Diploma is a 100 credit point award taken over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Each of our core subjects is delivered in an intensive workshop and seminar format supported by online content before and after delivery days. Intensive teaching periods for each subject range from 2-5 days. The elective streams each have different delivery and time commitments depending on the subject. The handbook entry for each subject is the most up to date information for these

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.
The Graduate Diploma and Master of Clinical Research are CRICOS registered and open to international students who would like to study and live in Australia full-time whilst completing the award.

Subjects

This award is made up of 75 points of core subjects (4 of which are delivered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching) and 25 points of electives.

The first four core subjects are delivered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research.

CORE SUBJECTS

SEMESTER 1
CLRS90027 Principles of Clinical Research (12.5 points)  As per Graduate Certificate
CLRS90011 Study Design in Clinical Research (12.5 points)  As per Graduate Certificate

SEMESTER 2
CLRS90013 Responsibilities in Clinical Research (12.5 points)  As per Graduate Certificate
CLRS90010 Data Analysis in Clinical Research (12.5 points)  As per Graduate Certificate

YEAR LONG
Research Development & Knowledge Translation (25 points)
This subject examines the processes involved in planning a clinical research project from the research proposal development stage, to project management, implementation and research translation. This subject will introduce learners to different strategies for implementing a clinical research project and provides the foundational knowledge required for developing an effective clinical research program.  This subject is taught in three intensive periods across the year.

ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

MID-YEAR INTENSIVES
CLRS90016 Clinical Neuroscience Research (12.5 points)  
This subject covers the frontiers in clinical neuroscience research and provides expert briefings on the current research questions in epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism, stroke and multiple sclerosis as well as research methods in clinical neurological genetics, how animal models inform clinical neuroscience research, research methods in clinical neuropharmacology, brain development, neuroplasticity and neurotrophic factors research and research methods in neurodegenerative disorders.  Taken in conjunction with CLRS90017 Neuroimaging for Clinical Research it makes up the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience).

CLRS90017 Neuroimaging for Clinical Research (12.5 points)
This subject provides expert briefings on the current research questions in dementias, movement disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and has a major emphasis on cutting-edge human imaging techniques, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including a practical demonstration of language functional MRI, structural and functional MR imaging and clinical research applications, analysis of MR imaging as well as magnetic resonance spectroscopy and research applications. Taken in conjunction with CLRS90016 Clinical Neuroscience Research it makes up the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience).

CLRS90020 Clinical Research in Oncology (25 points)
Clinical research in oncology is an enormous field that integrates the efforts of a broad multi-disciplinary team; including medical, nursing, allied health, laboratory and other professionals. The subject Clinical Research in Oncology which also makes up the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology) has been designed to bring together this multi-disciplinary group to give them a better understanding of all types of research conducted in oncology as well as provide an understanding of the essential components and features of successful research activities and research careers.

ONLINE  SEMESTER 1 & 2
HLTH90006 Clinical Informatics and Digital Health (12.5 points)
Information and communication technology is an important factor in quality, safety, access and efficiency in healthcare. This subject provides an overview of eHealth and the influence of ICTs in clinical care, biomedical research, population health and healthcare system planning. Current approaches and future directions are explored within the framework of the six major competency areas of the Certified Health Informatician Australasia (www.healthinformaticscertification.com): health and biomedical sciences, information and communication technologies, information sciences, management sciences, core principles and methods in health informatics, and the human and social context of health informatics and eHealth.  This subject is offered online only in both Semester 1 & 2.  It is a pre-requisite for both INFO90001 & ISYS90078.

SEMESTER 1
ISYS90069 eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Systems (12.5points)
ICT is an important component to ensuring quality, safety, access and efficiency in healthcare. This subject introduces current approaches and future directions in eHealth and the use of ICT in healthcare generally as well as key concepts and tools from the underlying discipline of health informatics.  This subject has 3 contact hours per week over the course of semester. It is a pre-requisite for both INFO90001 & ISYS90078.

SEMESTER 2
INFO90001 eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Methods (12.5 points)
This subject familiarises students with core informatics tools and methods used in eHealth, translational research, simulation and modelling, and biomedical knowledge management. It also provides students with insights into research trends in the field of biomedical informatics.  Five major topics will be covered in lectures, tutorials and hands-on computer labs: Management of clinical data; integration of clinical data with molecular, population, environmental and other data sources; use of computer models to simulate human biology and disease; management of health and biomedical knowledge; development of the next generation of health and bioinformatics tools and methods. Pre-requisite for this subject is ISYS90069 or HLTH90006. This subject has 3 contact hours per week over the course of semester.

ISYS90078 Health data, Information and Knowledge (12.5 points)
This subject develops familiarity with fundamental aspects of health information science and health information management  how health data is generated, collected, stored, communicated, integrated, analysed and converted into knowledge for clinical, research and administrative purposes.  Lectures and tutorials will cover five topics: Data Sources in Health; Information Modelling in Health; Information Processing in Health; Information Analysis and Visualization in Health; Change Management in Health IT.  Pre-requisite for this subject is ISYS90069 or HLTH90006. This subject has 3 contact hours per week over the course of semester. This subject has 3 contact hours per week over the course of semester.

YEAR LONG

Advanced Clinical Trial Design (25 points)
Clinical trials are designed to test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and are essential to discovering whether new healthcare interventions improve outcomes for patients. This subject will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials, in particular the randomized controlled trial (RCT), and will build on the concepts introduced at the graduate certificate level. Fundamental concepts associated with the design, implementation and analysis of RCTs will be explored including selecting, recruiting and consenting study subjects, determination of study duration, comparing multiple groups and/or endpoints, designing randomisation protocols, study monitoring, quality assurance and early termination.  Delivery will be across three intensive teaching periods.

MEDI90019 Clinical Research Project (25 points)
In this subject students will have the opportunity to undertake a small clinical research investigation in an area of clinical interest. In consultation with a research supervisor and/or the course co-ordinator, participants will formulate a research question and undertake a systematic or literature review to evaluate the published evidence to synthesize an answer to their research question. This subject will provide participants with the practical knowledge required to plan an evidence based clinical research project with consideration given to the process and requirements of ethics approval.  This subject involves supervisory contact hours but does not include any intensive teaching days.  It can be taken in 1 semester or across 2 semesters.

Pathways to Further Study

The Graduate Programs in Clinical Research have been designed as a nested award suite.  Participants can progress from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research and move to the Graduate Diploma and finally the Master of Clinical Research, with the flexibility of continuing or exiting with an award at any of these stages. Our award courses are offered as both part-time or full-time study, those interested in full-time study can enrol directly in the Graduate Diploma or Master awards.

Please also note: graduates of the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research in either Oncology or Neuroscience can have these awards credited as an elective towards the Graduate Diploma or Master awards.  Those with a Specialist Certificate are encouraged to complete the remaining core subjects to earn the full award.

Assessment

Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.

Additional Information

CRICOS Code 055856G

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.

We also partner with a number of research leaders and experts within the University and across health organisations to deliver our program. Partners include:
The PeterMacCallum Cancer Centre, the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), the Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science Platform (MCATS), The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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 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 $24,168 for local students and $30,000 for international students.
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.

Key Dates

Applications will open 30 September 2017. Please submit an enquiry to be kept informed of key dates

Delivery Dates and Times

Core Subjects Dates
Principles of Clinical Research 26 February – 1 March 2018
Study Design in Clinical Research 26 - 29 March 2018
Responsibilities in Clinical Research 6 - 9 August 2018
Data Analysis in Clinical Research 29 October – 2 November 2018
Research Development & Knowledge Translation Session 1: 18 - 20 April 2018
Session 2: 20 - 22 June 2018
Session 3: 12 - 14 September 2018
Elective Subjects Dates
Advanced Clinical Trials Design Session 1: 23, 24, 26 April 2018
Session 2: 25 - 27 June 2018
Session 3: 17 - 19 September 2018
Clinical Research Project 2 March 2018
Clinical Informatics and Digital Health Online Sem 1 & 2
Health data, Information and Knowledge See handbook
eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Methods See handbook
eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Systems See handbook
Clinical Neuroscience Research 13 - 17 August 2018
Neuroimaging for Clinical Research 20 - 24 August 2018
Clinical Research in Oncology TBC

Delivery Venue

The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to complete an online form (available in September) 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)

Please complete an Expression of Interest form via the Enquire Now button below and we will keep you updated when applications open.

Related Courses and Subjects

Please note the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Research is made up of 25 credit points of electives. Both the Specialist Certificate of Clinical Research in Neuroscience, and Oncology, can be taken as elective components of the Graduate Diploma award. As such any prior graduates of these Specialist Certificates can graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research on completion of the 5 remaining core subjects.

Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience)
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology )
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Masters of Clinical Research (2018)

Contact Us

Program Coordinator - Kathy Griffiths
TL-ClinicalResearch@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: (03) 8344 2601