Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research

Course N34AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Assciate Professor Steve Farish


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Level 3, 442 Auburn Rd

Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone: 9810 3245


Course Overview:

This course provides individuals from medical and allied health professions (such as nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists etc) and others with a science-based background and qualifications the opportunity to complete advanced formal training in Clinical Research.

Consequently, students will have the opportunity to build a comprehensive range of skills in the general area of clinical research through the Graduate Certificate, higher-level theoretical skills in a relevant clinical speciality through the Graduate Diploma and applied skills in a relevant area of clinical speciality if they progress through to the Masters award.


Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research will possess:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the broad area of clinical research and issues associated with good clinical practice, ethics and regulations, as well as analytical and project and team management techniques,
  • A comprehensive foundation in the methods and rationales of clinical research in a relevant clinical research speciality area,
  • The ability to acquire knowledge about clinical research,
  • High level analytic and problem solving skills using techniques acquired during the course,
  • A theoretical understanding of what needs to be done to apply this knowledge in the work environment,
  • Report writing skills in the general clinical research area and presentation skills in an area of relevant clinical speciality, and
  • Sufficient preparatory knowledge for more detailed study in clinical research at the Masters level.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research, students must complete a total of 100 points.

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Firstly, students must complete the following four core subjects.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective Subjects

Students are then required to complete a total of 50 points from this list of elective subjects.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science which is recognised by the University as evidence of adequate preparation for the course plus documented evidence of at least the equivalent of one year's full-time relevant professional work experience in a medical, scientific or allied health environment and an explanation of why the course is to be undertaken (up to 300 words in length).

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Further Study:

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma or students will be eligible for 100 points credit towards the Masters programs in Clinical Research

Graduate Attributes:

Please refer to the website.

Professional Accreditation:


Generic Skills:


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