GradCert Clinical & Translational Research

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research aims to develop employment ready experts, who will implement clinical research programmes to the highest ethical, regulatory and scientific standards. Our graduates will be industry ready, internationally mobile and adequately skilled to pursue successful clinical research careers.
Students are taught and assessed in a busy Clinical Research Centre, ensuring students have the opportunity to develop practical, employment relevant skills. This unique learning environment allows students to observe high quality clinical research in action while developing their communication and teamwork skills.

Designed for science graduates seeking employment in the fast growing clinical research industry

Delivers course content in an intensive, 12-week period, including one week internship at ICON plc.
Equips graduates with recognised competitive advantage.
Based at the UCD Clinical Research Centre.

​On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research students will be able to

  • Understand the key activities to be undertaken to ensure successful clinical trial initiation and management.
  • Comprehend clinical trial regulations and appreciate the importance, practical use and evolution of these regulations.
  • Participate in programmes of clinical research that comply with the highest national and international legal, regulatory and scientific standards.
  • Be familiar with the documents required to be compiled for an ethics & regulatory clinical trial application & appreciate the important of quality system and SOPS.
  • Appraise, evaluate and enhance clinical research protocols, ensuring the highest quality research outputs.
  • Possess excellent communication and presentation skills, appropriate to the multidisciplinary clinical research environment.
  • Collaborate with patients, academic partners and industry to complete clinical research programmes.
  • Commit to continuous lifelong learning and further diffusion of their clinical research expertise

Careers & Employability

Upon completion of this course you will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in clinical research. Recent graduates have found employment in the Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research and academic sectors.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

If you are interested in being part of teams that focus on innovative patient focused research, this programme is for you.

Led by Dr Peter Doran, Director of the UCD Clinical Research Centre, this programme is designed for recent science graduates, who wish to gain a competitive employment advantage in order to pursue a career in bio/pharmaceutical research, biotechnology or within the medical device sector.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (Semester 1 Full Time) aims to develop employment ready experts, who will implement clinical research programmes to the highest ethical, regulatory and scientific standards. Our graduates will be industry ready, internationally mobile and adequately skilled to pursue successful clinical research careers.  Students are taught and assessed in a busy Clinical Research Centre using a  comprehensive programme of hands on practical experience and classroom-based learning ensuring students have the opportunity to develop practical, employment relevant skills. Student assessment is focused on evaluating practical as well as theoretical skills and knowledge This unique learning environment allows students to observe high quality clinical research in action while developing their communication and teamwork skills.  

  • Appraise, evaluate and enhance clinical research protocols, ensuring the highest quality research outputs.
  • Be familiar with the documents required to be compiled for an ethics & regulatory clinical trial application & appreciate the important of quality system and SOPS.
  • Collaborate with patients, academic partners and industry to complete clinical research programmes.
  • Commit to continuous lifelong learning and further diffusion of their clinical research expertise.
  • Comprehend clinical trial regulations and appreciate the importance, practical use and evolution of these regulations.
  • Participate in programmes of clinical research that comply with the highest national and international legal, regulatory and scientific standards.
  • Possess excellent communication and presentation skills, appropriate to the multidisciplinary clinical research environment.
  • Understand the key activities to be undertaken to ensure successful clinical trial initiation and management.

View All Modules Here

To complete the UCD Grad Cert in Clinical Research you will need to successfully complete the following 3 modules, to generate 30 ECTS credits

  • Clinical trials
  • Data Management & Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trial Management

GradCert Clinical & Translational Research (X635) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 3871
nonEU    fee per year - € 4500

***Fees are subject to change

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Cert Clinical & Translational Research (One Semester)FT (X635)
Duration
4 Months
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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