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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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 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.


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 Martin O'Donnell
Clinical Research Facility

Dr Aideen O'Doherty
HRB Clinical Research Facility

Dr Sonja Khan
HRB Clinical Research Facility


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, Galway University Hospitals and McMaster University, Canada, who are actively engaged in clinical research.

3. HRB Facility: The programme is closely linked with the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway.

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