New MSc Clinical Trials Programme in UCC

The College of Medicine and Health, UCC has launched a new MSc Clinical Trials Programme in UCC., which is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical, medical device or academic sectors. It is a wholly online, part-time course designed for the working professional.

The Masters in Clinical Trials is designed to give a competitive advantage for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical, medical device or academic sectors. It is the first such course in Ireland providing a pathway for progression from Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Trials, to Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Trials and ultimately a MSc Clinical Trials, and the only course designed and paced for the working professional.

There are three 10-week semesters. Each 10 week block has eight teaching weeks in total, with one week in the middle and end to catch up and complete work. Physicians, nurses, managers, scientists, health scientists, and workers in the allied health professions are encouraged to apply.

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Director Clinical Research Facility, Professor Joe Eustace, said, ‘’The rapid development of the clinical trial environment in Ireland over the last 10 years has exposed substantial limitations in the prevalent knowledgebase and the numbers of clinical and support staff with the necessary expertise in the design and conduct of clinical trials. The MSc Clinical Trials programme will remedy this deficit and provide the essential knowledge and skills required to design, conduct and analyse trials. It is targeted at potential clinical trial investigators, staff and the wider healthcare audience.’’

The MSc is Directed by Dr Frances Shiely, Director of Education at the HRB CRF-C. To seek further information, please email clinicaltrials@ucc.ie