Clinical Trials

Course Outline
This Masters Clinical Trials is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical, medical device or academic sectors. It is a wholly online, part-time course designed for the working professional. Students can expect to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week. Students will be expected to log-in to Canvas, the virtual learning environment, on a daily basis. Having completed the fundamentals of clinical trials, clinical trial design and analysis, ethics, data management and quality in clinical trials, regulated trials and pharmacovigilance and the management of multicentre clinical trials, students will complete further taught modules worth 15 credits and a minor dissertation (15 credits) in the MSc year. On successful completion of the MSc Clinical Trials, students should be able to successfully write a clinical trial protocol, ethics application, and design multi-centre clinical trials. Students must satisfactorily complete modules to the value of 30 credits.

Course Practicalities
Students of the MSc Clinical Trials can expect to devote a minimum of 20 hours/week to the course. A guide per 15-credit module is 300 hours. A guide per 10 credit module is 150-200 hours. The MSc year is the research/independent inquiry component of the Masters degree. While there will be some course work and online discussion fora, a major focus will be research methods and preparing for the dissertation. Students will be expected to log-in to Canvas, the visual learning environment, on a daily basis.

Why Choose This Course
This Masters in Clinical Trials is an online course designed to give a competitive advantage for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical, medical device or academic sectors. It is the first such course in Ireland and is taught by experienced clinical trialists, statisticians and trial regulation experts with experience in designing, analysing and conducting multicentre, multinational trials. It is the only course designed and paced for the working professional. With three 10-week semesters, a week in the middle and end with no new taught material, this learning experience is for busy professionals. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, managers, scientists, health scientists, food scientists and workers in the allied health professions are encouraged to apply. Clinical trials is a rapidly expanding discipline with exciting new job opportunities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, e.g. data manager, clinical research associate, clinical research nurse, project manager, trial monitor, regulatory affairs associate, pharmacovigilance associate etc. Join us on our exciting journey promoting clinical trials and patient focused research to improve the health of our citizens.

Entry requirements

• Applicants accepted on the MSc in Clinical Trials are expected to hold an honours Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials (minimum Second Class Honours Grade one from UCC).
• Applicants applying for the MSc in Clinical Trials and who have obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials from an institution other than UCC (minimum Second Class Honours Grade one) will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Clinical Trials Programme Team. Such applicants must: produce the relevant module syllabi from the awarding institution, and proof of their grades for comparison purposes. Such applicants may also be asked to participate in an interview. Decisions on selection to the programme will be made on the basis of academic qualifications and possibly interview.

Technical Requirements
This programme will be delivered wholly online. To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc., students will require:
1. Access to a laptop or desktop (either Mac OS or Windows) running a relatively recent operating system (Windows 7 or Mac OSX 10.8 or later). Access to the Virtual Learning Environment is supported by UCC through IOS and Android apps, which are available from the respective App stores.
2. Access to a reliable broadband connection with at least 2MB download speeds.
3. A modern standards compliant web browser. The most reliable options for use with UCC online learning are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Download and installation instructions will be provided. Safari is not suitable.
4. Common plug-ins such as Java and Flash Runtimes. Download and installation instructions will be provided.
5. An Office suite of software (Microsoft Office 2003 or later or equivalent) and a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Acrobat Reader XI or later).

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

Assessments can be expected to comprise of discussion fora, individual project and other online assessments. Each 10-credit module comprises continuous assessment 200 marks, divided as follows: Online activities 120 marks; and Written Assignment(s) 80 marks. The compulsory elements are continuous assessment, online participation in discussions and written assignment.

Subjects taught

Core Modules
• EH6131 Dissertation in Clinical Trials (online) (15 credits)
• EH6134 Research Methods for Clinical Trials (10 credits)
• EH6135 Embedding Research in Clinical Trials (5 credits)


9 Months Part-Time
Course Delivery Method Online

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 21 September 2020

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Skills and Careers Information
On completion of the course you can pursue a career in the academic, pharmaceutical or medical device sectors as a
• Clinical Trialist
• Quality Manager
• Project Manager
• Trial Monitor
• Data Associate
• Data Manager
• Clinical Research Nurse
• Clinical Research Associate
• Pharmacovigilance Associate
• Regulatory Affairs Associate

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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