Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Where will this take me?
Develop your research career
Expand your career prospects by developing specialist knowledge within clinical research. Our nested award course will place you at the heart of opportunities within the healthcare research interface.
Graduate highly regarded by employers
Take part in smaller classes and intense, focused study that is informed by industry and highly regarded by employers. You will be studying alongside a diverse group of students and learning from the best research minds.
I am currently a clinical trial coordinator. I work as the central coordinator for a phase 4 RCT, being run from 17 hospitals nationally. I got this job mid way through the course. At the time I commenced studying I was a retail assistant working part time in menswear!
The course directly impacted my work in that it created a pathway for me to get a job. Half way through the course, I began to look for volunteer and paid clinical trials positions to get some real experience. Previously when I was looking for work I didn't really have any experience, but more than that, I just didn't know what I didn't know. I became more confident of my understanding of the industry, and while I didn't learn everything, I was able to develop the language to talk about it, realising the gaps in my knowledge.
I discovered that the only thing holding me back was that I didn't have the language or know-how regarding what roles existed, and how I would fit into the industry. From here I was able to successfully interview for, and get a full time job.
The undertaking of this course also set me above many applicants I believe (even trial nurses with experience), as it proved I had, or was striving to have, a more advanced understanding of clinical research. As such, the role I was able to get is as the project coordinator for the whole trial, and not a more entry level associate/assistant.
Since successfully getting my job, the post graduate qualification also meant that I was eligible for a slightly higher award as it is relevant to my work. I believe that moving forward, the qualification will enable me to acquire more senior roles without as many years of experience.