Course Overview

The objective of this Master of Science course is to provide 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.

The MSc (Clinical Research) is intended to be a part-time two-year programme of academic study in Clinical Research Methodology. Year 1 will be spent at NUI Galway and Year 2 is completed by a combination of distance learning, and on-site modules delivered by NUI Galway. A full-time one-year option is available to students who wish to complete the MSc in a full-time capacity.

Clinical Research Photo 1
MSc Clinical Research Graduation 2017
L–R: Dr Sonja Khan (Lecturer in Clinical Research), Anusha Moses, Krupa Vyas, Kovida Tepala,
Hazel Kilkelly, Michelle Conboy, Shauna Coppinger, Anshul Bhardwaj, Dr Shubham Atal.
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MSc Clinical Research Graduation 2017
L–R: Hazel Kilkelly, Shauna Coppinger, Michelle Conboy, Dr Aideen O’Doherty (Lecturer in Clinical Research).

Special features

Course contributors include senior academics and medical professionals from NUI Galway, and Saolta University Health Care Group who are actively engaged in clinical research. This programme is closely linked with the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway.

HRB Fellowship

The HRB-CRFG MSc Clinical Research Fellowship is awarded to assist a select number of graduate students entering the programme to gain experience in day-to-day clinical research activities. The fellowship students will work in the HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway for a defined period, across a variety of disciplines including clinical, co-ordinator/project management, data management, pharmacovigilance, quality and regulatory affairs, and research support. Fellowship students will gain a greater understanding of the practical conduct of clinical research, clinical research practice guidelines and data entry requirements. These skills will contribute to students’ overall learning and are transferable to clinical research practice in medicine, nursing and related healthcare-related specialties. 

The fellowship is only open to full-time MSc Clinical Research Students who have been offered and have accepted a place on the programme. For more information get in touch with the course leaders.

To apply, complete the online application form here.

Eligibility criteria

  • Offered and accepted a full-time position on the MSc in Clinical Research programme.
  • Available to commence the fellowship at HRB-CRFG commencing 1 October 2019.
  • Be available to commit to working 20 hours per week at the HRB-CRFG.

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment will take the form of formal, end-of-module examinations as well as continuous assessment, evaluation of contribution to group discussions and module projects. Semester One exams take place in December; Semester Two exams take place in April/May. The research thesis is submitted in August.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed either of the following:

 

  1. An undergraduate degree in medicine
  2. Other healthcare related undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1.
  3. Biomedical science-related undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1.

 

Applicants from non-healthcare related degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the coordinators. 

For applicants where English is a second language, we will adhere to NUI Galway guidelines of requiring IELTS scores of 6.5, TOEFL scores of 88 and/or Pearson PTE scores of 61 with no less than 6.5 in any component.

Those who do not meet the primary entry criteria as described above will be declined entry into the programme.  The remaining applicants will be reviewed in closer detail. 

Significant weight will be placed on A) the applicant’s essay describing their motivation for applying for this course and their career aspirations following the successful completion of the MSc, B) the applicant’s referee’s comments and C) the applicant’s previous academic performance. 

 


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Blended learning, lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning (PBL), and distance learning.

ECTS weighting

90 ECTS

Award

CAO

Course code

1MCR1 (full-time)
1MCR2 (part-time)

Course Outline

Full-time MSc (Clinical Research)

Full-time or part-time course consisting of 90 ECTS.

Compulsory Modules (Core):

Semester 1

MD510 Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods; 10ECTS

MD511 Introduction to Biostatistics I; 10ECTS

MD1602 Introduction to the Ethical and Regulatory Frameworks of Clinical Research; 10ECTS

Additional Modules (Optional):

Semester 1 and 2

MD512 Ethics of Health Research; 10ECTS

MD513 Introduction to Biostatistics II; 10ECTS

MD514/MD538 Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials; 10ECTS/ 5ECTS

MD515/MD537 Systematic Review Methods; 10ECTS/ 5ECTS

MD516 Translational Medicine; 10ECTS

MD517 Clinical Research Administration; 10ECTS

EC584 Health Systems and Policy Analysis; 10ECTS

EC572 Health Technology Assessment; 10ECTS

MD518 Observational and Analytical Research Methods; 10ECTS

MD1600 Bio-Ethics; 10ECTS

MD1601 Biobank—Advanced Clinical Application and Clinical Testing; 10ECTS

MD1528 First in Human, Early Phase Clinical Trials; 10ECTS

PLUS

MD520 Thesis (30 ECTS), completed over the one-year period. Thesis defence will be completed at NUI Galway.

 


Part-time MSc (Clinical Research)

 

Students are required to complete three compulsory modules at NUI Galway in year 1 of the Masters. A further 3* or 5** modules are selected from additional courses available at NUI Galway.

Semester 1

MD510 Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods; 10ECTS

MD511 Introduction to Biostatistics I; 10ECTS

MD1602 Introduction to the Ethical and Regulatory Frameworks of Clinical Research; 10ECTS 

Additional Modules (Optional):

Semester 1 and 2

MD512 Ethics of Health Research; 10ECTS

MD513 Introduction to Biostatistics II; 10ECTS

MD514/MD538 Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials; 10ECTS/ 5ECTS

MD515/MD537 Systematic Review Methods; 10ECTS/ 5ECTS

MD516 Translational Medicine; 10ECTS

MD517 Clinical Research Administration; 10ECTS

EC584 Health Systems and Policy Analysis; 10ECTS

EC572 Health Technology Assessment; 10ECTS

MD518 Observational and Analytical Research Methods; 10ECTS

MD1600 Bio-Ethics; 10ECTS

MD1601 Biobank—Advanced Clinical Application and Clinical Testing; 10ECTS

MD1528 First in Human, Early Phase Clinical Trials; 10ECTS 

PLUS

*Thesis (30 ECTS), completed over the 2-year period. Thesis defence will be completed at NUI Galway

OR

** MD519 Independent Study Module (10 ECTS), completed and assessed by NUI Galway.

Module details for full-time course 
Module details for part-time course

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Clinical Research graduates are expected to progress to become principal investigators or key team members involved in the conduct, management 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,820 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,596 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
1MCR1 (full-time):  EU full time €6,820. p.a. 2018/19; NON EU €14,750 p.a. 2018/19.
1MCR2 (part-time: EU part time €4,500.  p.a. 2018/19; NON EU €9,610 p.a. 2018/19.

Find out More

General enquiries to: clinicalresearch@nuigalway.ie 

Dr Sonja Khan
HRB Clinical Research Facility
E: sonja.khan@nuigalway.ie
www.crfg.ie 
Twitter: @CrfgHrb
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nuig-clinical-research-masters 

Alice

Alice Power |   Quality & Regulatory Affairs Manager

The MSc. in Clinical Research was an overall excellent experience. I gained a thorough understanding of all  aspects to clinical research and since my graduation this has been beneficial to the progression of my career in research administration and management roles. The module choices offered, through both online and classroom learning, were wide enough to allow for selection on the components you might be more interested in while having optimum required core modules. Engagement, support and insight from experienced course lecturers was always available.  I have to say that completion of this MSc. has stood me very well and would highly recommend to anyone considering a clinical research management/administration future.
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Dr. Martin

Dr. Martin O'Halloran |   Techrete Snr Lecturer; Dir, Translational Medical Device Lab

In recent decades, the medical devices sector has become an ever-increasing part of the West of Ireland’s economic landscape. The growth of the sector has been supported by academic initiatives like BioInnovate, CURAM and the HRB’s Clinical Research Facility in Galway (CRFG). The Masters in Clinical Research delivered by the CRFG trains medical devices researchers on the fundamentals of designing, implementing and analysing a clinical trial. Uniquely, since the material is delivered by CRF staff themselves, the course also addresses the practical challenges of clinical research. The course content is very carefully considered and is both challenging and engaging. I couldn’t recommend the course highly enough and would consider such training a must for those engaging in medical device trials.
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Dr. Shubham

Dr. Shubham Atal |   MD, MSc

Coming from an academic–research background in medicine/pharmacology, the MSc in Clinical Research was a perfect fit for me in terms of its content, exposure and duration. It aims at facilitating a career progression into various roles in the different domains of clinical research. The availability of compulsory and elective additional modules offers great flexibility and perspective. Moreover, there were opportunities in form of part time paid internships / jobs and volunteer research assistantships to gain hands on experience in clinical research activities in the CRFG. This master’s programme is a great platform for anyone looking to launch or further a career in healthcare research in industry or academia. It helped me greatly to transition into working for a top national institute of medicine in my country as an academic actively involved in clinical research.
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John

John O'Dea |   CEO, Crospon

With the increasing level of translational research and novel medical device design taking place in Ireland, there is a strong need to increase number of trained clinical researchers both within academia and industry. This course has been of great benefit to me in building skills in terms of RCT design and biostatistics in a formal structured manner. The various modes of learning and lecture scheduling have made this a course capable of being managed in the context of a heavy work schedule.
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