Clinical & Translational Research

The MSc in Clinical and Translational Research aims to train the next generation of investigators who will lead cutting edge clinical research into the future. We value high quality clinical research as the means to ensure novel interventions are developed to improve patients’ lives. We deliver our programme through a blend of on-line learning followed by time in an active Clinical Research Centre, thereby ensuring students are taught by and gain experience alongside expert staff and internationally renowned investigators. A comprehensive programme of hands on practical experience is a core element of the course, complementing online and classroom based learning. Student assessment is focused on evaluating practical as well as theoretical skills and knowledge. This unique learning environment exposes students to high quality clinical research.

The majority of teaching will take place on the UCD campus, some teaching will take place at the UCD Clinical Research Centre, Ireland’s leading centre for patient focused clinical and translational research, situated at St Vincent’s and Mater Misericordiae University Hospitals. You will undertake modules that will give you important skills in research, which you can use to develop your own research activities.

To complete the UCD MSc in Clinical & Translational Research you will:
Earn 90 ECTS credits
Successfully pass all assessments and examinations
Complete a research project and thesis

Throughout the programme you will gain significant practical experience and real world understanding of clinical research in action. This includes:

You will develop a clinical trial protocol and gain experience in critically appraising clinical research.
You will build a database for a clinical trial
You will be trained in data analysis using SPSS
You will complete sample processing and analysis laboratory practicals

Subjects taught

You will complete modules in:
Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Trials
Clinical & Translational Research
Data Management & Biostatistics
Clinical Protocol development
Clinical Trial Management

Entry requirements

Am I eligible for this course?

Applicants must possess a Level 8 degree or equivalent in any relevant discipline

Applicants will be assessed for entry to the programme based on undergraduate performance and final degree award

Applicants may be asked to participate in an Interview

Subject to availability, consideration will be given to graduates of non- science degrees who have subsequent postgraduate experience

Application dates

The next intake for the MSc in Clinical & Translational Research is September annually

Apply Online

Click on the link and follow the steps outlined

The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” is Sept - Enter Appropriate year.

Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Masters in Clinical & Translational Research X789. The corresponding fee will be applied

Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section

Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here

You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary

If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: or telephone: + 353 1 716 1476


X789 1 year full-time
X427 2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September Annually

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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