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Clinical & Translational Research

Course Features
Equips participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to allow them to complete programmes of clinical investigation and translational research.

Develops core research competencies and clinical and translational research principles.

Instructs students in the principles and practice of clinical trials, the development of novel technologies, and critical appraisal skills.

Affords participants the opportunity to spend time with the research teams in the UCD Clinical Research Centre to observe clinical trials in action. (A 30 credit research project is included in year 2 of the programme).

Includes input from industry partners and opportunities for industry interaction. Here you will gain an understanding of clinical research in companies from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and clinical research industry.

Positions graduates to progress with a research career

Based at the UCD Clinical Research Centre

Aims to develop a cadre of highly skilled young clinical investigators, who will be perfectly positioned to pursue research programmes leading to subsequent higher qualifications.

Course Overview
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 programmes 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 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.

How will I learn?
You will be based 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

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

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 an internship at the UCD Clinical Research Centre
You will complete sample processing and analysis laboratory practicals

Entry requirements

Candidates should be third-level College graduates.

International applicants should contact for a full list of entry requirements.


1 Year Full Time 2 Years Part Time

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator
Dr Peter Doran
Director, UCD Clinical Research Centre
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science

Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Nelson Street
Dublin 7

Subjects taught

Year One Semester One
Principles and Practices in Clinical & Translational Research (10 Credits)
Data Management (5 Credits)

Year One Semester Two
Clinical Trials (10 Credits)
Clinical Protocol Development (10 Credits)

Year Two Semester One
Observership (10 Credits)
Clinical Research Management (5)
Critical Appraisal (5 Credits)

Year Two Semester Two
Biorepositories (5 Credits)
Research Project (30 Credits)

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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