Course Description

Develop expertise in the conduct and assessment of clinical trials. Designed for registered nurses and health professionals, the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Practice develops a comprehensive understanding of the clinical trials process, cultivating the knowledge and skills to interpret trial data, manage information systems and improve data quality.

Clinical trials are key to improving health outcomes for patients across every field of health. They are conducted in a wide range of clinical contexts, such as improving disease prevention, diagnosis, and the quality of life and psychological wellbeing of patients and their caregivers. As a clinical trials student, you will learn from leading researchers as you investigate strategies for successful study conduct, monitoring and quality assurance, develop your project management skills and explore the ethical and legal framework governing clinical trials.

During this one year degree, you will study four units on a part-time basis, combining flexible online study with two face-to-face units, usually consisting of four on-campus study days per semester. Through case studies, you will focus on trial design and the theory behind protocol development. This course will enhance your knowledge of measurement principles, statistical concepts and analytical approaches, alongside practical skills in data management.

This new and innovative postgraduate degree is an excellent opportunity for those aiming to specialise and pursue a career in clinical trials. Completion of this graduate certificate is a pathway to admission into the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Research or Master of Clinical Trials Research, offered by the Sydney Medical School.

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $20,000 total course cost.

Starting dates

April, May, November

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.2% (national average 70.8%)
Improved skills: 80.2% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 84.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 82.4% (national average 84.2%)
Studying full time: 7.4% (national average 6.5%)
Median full time salary: $75,000 (national average $83,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GCCLITRP2000

Entry Requirements

IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 23 in Reading, Listening and Speaking