Course Overview

The objective of this Master of Science course is to provide training for the next generation of healthcare workers in the clinical research arena. The course aims to provide a platform for achieving greater efficiencies in applying medical discoveries to clinical practice. It is aimed at qualified individuals who wish to become independent clinical investigators or those who wish to seek employment in leadership positions in clinical research teams.

The MSc (Clinical Research) is intended to be a part-time two-year programme of academic study in Clinical Research Methodology. Year 1 will be spent at NUI Galway and Year 2 is completed by a combination of distance learning, and on-site modules delivered by NUI Galway. A full-time one-year option is available to students who wish to complete the MSc in a full-time capacity.

Clinical Research Photo 1
MSc Clinical Research Graduation 2017
L–R: Dr Sonja Khan (Lecturer in Clinical Research), Anusha Moses, Krupa Vyas, Kovida Tepala,
Hazel Kilkelly, Michelle Conboy, Shauna Coppinger, Anshul Bhardwaj, Dr Shubham Atal.
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MSc Clinical Research Graduation 2017
L–R: Hazel Kilkelly, Shauna Coppinger, Michelle Conboy, Dr Aideen O’Doherty (Lecturer in Clinical Research).

Special features

This is the only Masters programme of its kind in Ireland. Course contributors include senior academics and medical professionals from NUI Galway, and Saolta University Health Care Group who are actively engaged in clinical research. This programme is closely linked with the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway.

Work placement scholarship—complete the expression of interest form (closing date 25 May, 2018).

Full-time registered MSc Students are offered a unique experience to partake in a one year work placement in the HRB Clinical Research Facility. This funded scholarship allows the student gain greater understanding of clinical research, its conduct, clinical research practice guidelines and data entry requirements. These skills will contribute to the students overall learning and are transferable to their career in clinical research practice. Each year the HRB CRF is able to take a limited number of students, therefore we also have an option to gain experience in the clinical research setting through a volunteering program that would provide great hands-on experience in Clinical Research.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Full-time registers MSc in Clinical Research students
  2. Available for scholarship placement from September 2018–August 2019
  3. Be available to work 20 hours/ week

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment will take the form of formal, end-of-module examinations as well as continuous assessment, evaluation of contribution to group discussions and module projects. Semester One exams take place in December; Semester Two exams take place in April/May. The research thesis is submitted in August.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed either; 1) Undergraduate degree in medicine or; 2) Other healthcare-related undergraduate degree, minimum of Second Class Honours degree Grade 1* or; 3) Biomedical Sciences, minimum of Second Class Honours degree Grade 1*. Applications from graduates of non-healthcare related degrees are also considered (minimum requirement of Second Class Honours degree Grade 1*) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with significant relevant experience will also be considered for this programme.

*Or equivalent international qualification.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

May 26, 2018

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Blended learning, lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning (PBL), and distance learning.

ECTS weighting

90 ECTS

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYM56 (full-time)
GYM57 (part-time)

Course Outline

Full-time MSc (Clinical Research)


* Minimum threshold of students per module will apply

Compulsory Modules (Core):

1. Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods; 10ECTS
2. Introduction to Biostatistics I; 10ECTS
3. Ethics of Health Research; 10ECTS
 

Additional Modules (Optional):

SELECT 3 FROM THE FOLLOWING:

4. Introduction to Biostatistics II; 10 ECTS
5. Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials; 10ECTS
6. Systematic Review Methods; 10ECTS
7. Translational Medicine; 10ECTS
8. Clinical Research Administration; 10ECTS
9. Health Systems and Policy Analysis; 10ECTS
10. Health Technology Assessment; 10ECTS
11. Observational and Analytical Research Methods; 10ECTS
12. Independent Study; 10ECTS

PLUS

Thesis (30 ECTS), completed over the one-year period. Thesis defence will be completed at NUI Galway.


TOTAL: 90 ECTS over 1 year (FT).


Part-time MSc (Clinical Research)


Students are required to complete three compulsory modules at NUI Galway. A further 3* or 5** modules are selected from additional courses available at NUI Galway.

Compulsory Modules (Core):

1. Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods; 10ECTS
2. Introduction to Biostatistics I; 10ECTS
3. Ethics of Health Research; 10ECTS


Additional Modules (Optional):

SELECT 3 FROM THE FOLLOWING:

4. Introduction to Biostatistics II; 10 ECTS
5. Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials; 10ECTS
6. Systematic Review Methods; 10ECTS
7. Translational Medicine; 10ECTS
8. Clinical Research Administration; 10ECTS
9. Health Systems and Policy Analysis; 10ECTS
10. Health Technology Assessment; 10ECTS
11. Observational and Analytical Research Methods; 10ECTS
12. Independent Study; 10ECTS

PLUS

*Thesis (30 ECTS), completed over the 2 year period. Thesis defence will be completed at NUI Galway OR **Independent Study Module (10 ECTS), completed and assessed by NUI Galway.


TOTAL: 90 ECTS over 2 years (PT).


Module assessment: 40% examination, 50% end of module project, 10% lecture/tutorial input.    

Module details for GYM56 (full-time)
Module details for GYM57 (part-time)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Clinical Research graduates are expected to progress to become principal investigators or administrators in theconduct, managing and monitoring of clinical research. Such roles have become a prominent source of jobs in a variety of settings, including universities and colleges, the pharmaceutical industry, non-academic clinical research organisations, hospitals, independent funding agencies and government agencies. Additional opportunities include employment in teaching and consultation settings.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,820 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,596 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
GYM56 (full-time):  EU full time €6,820. p.a. 2018/19
GYM57 (part-time: EU part time €4,500.  p.a. 2018/19

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Alice

Alice Power |   Quality & Regulatory Affairs Manager

The MSc. in Clinical Research was an overall excellent experience. I gained a thorough understanding of all  aspects to clinical research and since my graduation this has been beneficial to the progression of my career in research administration and management roles. The module choices offered, through both online and classroom learning, were wide enough to allow for selection on the components you might be more interested in while having optimum required core modules. Engagement, support and insight from experienced course lecturers was always available.  I have to say that completion of this MSc. has stood me very well and would highly recommend to anyone considering a clinical research management/administration future.
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Dr. Martin

Dr. Martin O'Halloran |   Techrete Snr Lecturer; Dir, Translational Medical Device Lab

In recent decades, the medical devices sector has become an ever-increasing part of the West of Ireland’s economic landscape. The growth of the sector has been supported by academic initiatives like BioInnovate, CURAM and the HRB’s Clinical Research Facility in Galway (CRFG). The Masters in Clinical Research delivered by the CRFG trains medical devices researchers on the fundamentals of designing, implementing and analysing a clinical trial. Uniquely, since the material is delivered by CRF staff themselves, the course also addresses the practical challenges of clinical research. The course content is very carefully considered and is both challenging and engaging. I couldn’t recommend the course highly enough and would consider such training a must for those engaging in medical device trials.
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Dr. Shubham

Dr. Shubham Atal |   MD, MSc

Coming from an academic–research background in medicine/pharmacology, the MSc in Clinical Research was a perfect fit for me in terms of its content, exposure and duration. It aims at facilitating a career progression into various roles in the different domains of clinical research. The availability of compulsory and elective additional modules offers great flexibility and perspective. Moreover, there were opportunities in form of part time paid internships / jobs and volunteer research assistantships to gain hands on experience in clinical research activities in the CRFG. This master’s programme is a great platform for anyone looking to launch or further a career in healthcare research in industry or academia. It helped me greatly to transition into working for a top national institute of medicine in my country as an academic actively involved in clinical research.
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John

John O'Dea |   CEO, Crospon

With the increasing level of translational research and novel medical device design taking place in Ireland, there is a strong need to increase number of trained clinical researchers both within academia and industry. This course has been of great benefit to me in building skills in terms of RCT design and biostatistics in a formal structured manner. The various modes of learning and lecture scheduling have made this a course capable of being managed in the context of a heavy work schedule.
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