Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology)

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Research Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology)
Course Code CLRS90020
Course Abbreviation Clinical Research in Oncology
Partner Faculty Medical, Dentistry, Health & Science (MDHS) and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
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.

Clinical research has underpinned significant advances in medicine. In the last decade alone an anti-cancer vaccine was developed to prevent cervical cancer caused by human papillomaviruses, a vaccine for the prevention of nicotine addiction has been developed and is well advanced in clinical testing, gene therapy and stem cell treatments have entered clinical evaluation, researchers have demonstrated the potential to 'grow' transplantable human organs, new genes have been identified in breast cancer and leukaemia, advances in keyhole surgery with the non-invasive removal of a kidney via the navel, the emergence of epigenetics - studying inheritable changes in appearance or gene expression without related changes in the DNA, research is well developed for a bionic eye and other intelligent prostheses.

Further medical advances will be underpinned by professional and rigorous approaches to clinical research.

The Graduate Programs in Clinical Research were established to provide a professional and structured clinical research training program for clinical research professionals. They provide an integrated suite of subjects and programs that build the foundations of clinical research and progress to addressing the specific requirements of globally significant medical challenges, such as oncology and neuroscience, which are then consolidated through completion of a major research thesis.
Course Description 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 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.

Coursework is delivered during two three-day intensive sessions:

Part One: This session provides key principles and fundamental knowledge that anyone involved in clinical research in oncology should have.

Part Two: This session expands on principles described in part one and provides illustrations of research in various areas.
Delivery Mode The course is delivered intensively, face to face in Melbourne over two 3 day sessions.
Who Should Apply People currently working in oncology or other health services. The course and the award will be particularly useful for oncologists in training (medical, surgical and radiation oncology), clinical trials nurses and those working in the pharmaceutical industry or contract research groups.
Subjects The Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology) is a 25 point award course comprising a single 25 point subject - CLRS90020 Clinical Research in Oncology.
Assessment 4 x Assessments and 1 x closed book examination. Assessment is undertaken during, between and after the periods of intensive study.
Additional Information Places on this course are limited and usually fill quickly. It is recommended that you advise us of your intention to enrol as soon as possible.
Academic and Teaching Team This course is offered in partnership with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Over half of the presenting team represent the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Other expert speakers are sourced from:
  • Royal Melbourne and Western Hospitals
  • Cancer council Victoria
  • Austin Hospital / Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  • St Vincent's Hospital
  • Quintiles
  • Various pharmaceutical / biotechnology companies
Entry Requirements The Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology) requires:

a) an appropriate undergraduate degree plus

b) one year relevant work experience.
Course Fees Fees for 2017 for this course are $5,700.00
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources & 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
Clinical Research in Oncology - Part 1 4,5 and 6 April 2017 9 AM - 5 PM each day
Clinical Research in Oncology - Part 2 18,19 and 20 July 2017 9 AM - 5 PM each day
Delivery Venue

International House
The University of Melbourne
241 Royal Parade
Parkville Victoria 3052

Related Courses and Subjects Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience)
Contact Us Program Coodinator - Kathy Griffiths
Phone: (03) 83442601