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Clinical Research

Your Course

This course provides 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.

Each on-site module (full list on course website) includes a structured curriculum of weekly lectures and tutorials (problem-based learning). For modules provided by distance-learning, there will also be monthly sessions to monitor module progression and review any challenging content areas. Classes may also take place outside of office hours to accommodate those in full-time employment.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Unique: The only master's programme of its kind in Ireland.

2. Course contributors: it includes senior academics and medical professionals from NUI Galway and Galway University Hospitals who are actively engaged in clinical research.

3. Health Research Board (HRB) Facility: the programme is closely linked with the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

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


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Clinical Research graduates are expected to progress to become principal investigators or administrators in the conduct, 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.

Further enquiries


Professor Andrew Smyth

HRB Clinical Research Facility


Dr Sonja Khan

HRB Clinical Research Facility


Application date

1MCR1, full-time; 1MCR2, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Closing Date: May 26 2020. Offers will be made on a continuous basis up until that date.

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