Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Research Award Graduate Certificate
CourseGraduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Course Code N12AA
Course Abbreviation GCertCR
Partner FacultyMedicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS), Melbourne 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)
CLRS90011 Study Design in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
CLRS90013 Responsibilities in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
CLRS90010 Data Analysis in Clinical Research (12.5 points)
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 $12,024 ($3,021 per subject) for domestic students and $15,000 ($3,750 per 12.5 subject) 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 HELPFEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
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 SubjectsSpecialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
Masters of Clinical Research
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