Master of Clinical Research

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Research Award Masters

Course

Masters of Clinical Research

Course Code

N01AA

Course Abbreviation

M.ClinRes

Partner Faculty

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

Background

Clinical Research is a component of medical and health research that focuses on understanding 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 biomedical science graduates and health professionals, with an emphasis on applying research within a clinical context.

Course Description

The Master of Clinical Research is the final step in the Clinical Research suite. Graduates of the Master of Clinical Research will acquire the skills required to plan and implement a clinical research program and translate their research into clinical practice.

Delivery Mode

The Master of Clinical Research is a 150 credit point award taken over 1.5 years full-time or 3 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 1-5 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 source of information for this.

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.

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 1-5 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 source of information for this.

Subjects

The first five core subjects and choice of electives are delivered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research and the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research, the Masters final stage is one 50 point subject Clinical Research Thesis.

CORE SUBJECTS

SEMESTER 1
CLRS90027 Principles of Clinical Research (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Certificate


CLRS90011 Study Design in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Certificate

SEMESTER 2
CLRS90013 Responsibilities in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Certificate


CLRS90010 Data Analysis in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Certificate



YEAR LONG
Research Development & Knowledge Translation (25 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma


CLRS90004 Clinical Research Thesis (50 points)

This subject provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct, under supervision, an independent clinical research project.  Students will take responsibility for all aspects of the research project including the experimental design and collection of research data; appropriate statistical analysis, and interpretation of data; and oral and written presentations of the results. Upon completion of this subject, participants will produce an original research demonstrating an effective writing style and reflecting sound reasoning, clarity of thinking and compliance with style requirements. Undertaking this subject provides an opportunity for students to define a research question and identify an appropriate methodology, conduct research independently, and demonstrate critical thinking reflecting breadth and depth of knowledge in clinical research.


ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

MID-YEAR INTENSIVES
CLRS90016 Clinical Neuroscience Research (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

CLRS90017 Neuroimaging for Clinical Research (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

CLRS90020 Clinical Research in Oncology (25 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

ONLINE  SEMESTER 1 & 2
HLTH90006 Clinical Informatics and Digital Health (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

SEMESTER 1
ISYS90069 eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Systems
(12.5points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

SEMESTER 2
INFO90001 eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Methods (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

ISYS90078 Health data, Information and Knowledge (12.5 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

YEAR LONG
Advanced Clinical Trial Design (25 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

MEDI90019 Clinical Research Project (25 points)
As per the Graduate Diploma

Assessment

Learners enrolled in this subject will have to undertake a clinical research project and complete a minor thesis of between 10,000 - 12,000 words.

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.  Those who complete the Master of Clinical Research will have satisfied the 25 point research pathway to PhD admission.

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.

Additional Information

CRICOS CODE 055848G

Academic and Teaching Team

Dr Justin Bilszta and Dr Anita Horvath - Course Coordinators, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne

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 for the Masters are $36,252 for local participants and $45,000 for international participants.

Fixed term and ongoing staff of the University of Melbourne and their family members are eligible for a 25% discount on tuition.

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 complete an expression of interest via the Enquire Now button and we will keep you informed of 2018 delivery dates and other key information.

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 December 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

Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience)
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology)
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research

Contact Us

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