The Graduate Programs in Clinical Research have been designed to provide graduates with medical, biomedical, nursing and allied health backgrounds the opportunity to advance their clinical research skills and capabilities. The nested award suite provides a flexible program of study, allowing participants to develop and hone their research skills.

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 and full-time study. Those interested in full-time study can enrol directly in the Graduate Diploma or Master awards making them available to international participants.

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma is the second stage in our nested award suite in clinical research. It builds on the core research skills developed within the Graduate Certificate subjects by providing an opportunity to apply these skills within a range of flexible elective streams. Streams include: clinical trial design, clinical oncology, clinical neuroscience and imaging, eHealth and bioinformatics or a small research project in an area of interest. You’ll also learn more about the research development pathway including project and team management, and how to translate your knowledge to ensure your research has an impact.


Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research will have:

  • a comprehensive foundation in the methods, process, rationales and nomenclature of clinical research design;
  • understanding of the design, delivery and assessment of clinical research;
  • the ability to compare and contrast a range of clinical research study designs to identify relevant design considerations;
  • critical and evaluative skills that can be used to apply independent scientific judgment to the conduct of clinical research design;
  • a rationale for the dissemination of research findings to a variety of stakeholder groups and translating research findings from the research context to direct clinical care;
  • a range of competencies in the management and implementation of clinical research including ethical issues, quality assurance and control, monitoring, grant preparation, and effectively managing research teams;
  • sufficient preparatory knowledge for more detailed study in clinical research at a Masters level.

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