Graduate Diploma of Clinical Research

The University of Melbourne

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research builds on the foundation knowledge in clinical research studied in the Graduate Certificate program. It provides opportunities for students to focus the application of this knowledge in specific areas of clinical research such as oncology and neuroscience; or to focus on management aspects of clinical research through the biomedical research management subject and the subjects focused on implementation of clinical trials. This approach provides a comprehensive understanding of the broad area of clinical research and issues associated with good clinical practice, ethics and regulations. It also provides analytical and project and team management techniques and the opportunity to develop a comprehensive foundation in the methods and rationales of clinical research in a relevant clinical research specialty area.

Course Fee:

Australian: $24,168
International: $30,000

Entry Requirements:

Degree or equivalent in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science; 1 year relevant professional work experience; explanation of why the course is to be undertaken


100 points of coursework. 50 points are achieved by completing the 4 core subjects: Study Design in Clinical Research; Responsibilities and Ethics of Clinical Research; Managing Clinical Research Projects and Teams; Basic Clinical Research Tools. The final 50 points can be chosen from; Biomedical Research Management (25 points) - Clinical Neuroscience Research (12.5 points) - Neuroimaging for Clinical Research (12.5 points) - Clinical Research in Oncology (25 points)

Subjects you can Study:

Clinical research

Study Pathways:

Full credit for completion of the Graduate Diploma is given into the next level of award: the Master of Clinical Research.

Further information:

Streams: Biomedical research management; Neuroscience; Oncology; Clinical trials coordination; Clinical trials monitoring.

Who for:

Researcher professionals working in clinical research in Universities, hospitals, research institutes and government organisations

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info No Part time 1 year
Parkville No info No 3 years
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