Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience)

Where will this take me?


The Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience) will equip you with the skills and knowledge to critically appraise existing literature, formulate new research questions and be able to pursue high-quality clinical neuroscience research.

This two-week intensive course is also a pathway into the University of Melbourne’s suite of Clinical Research courses, and graduates can have this award credited as an elective towards the Masters.

As a graduate of the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience), you will:

  • Have a high-level understanding of the major activities involved in planning clinical research methodologies applicable to problems in neurological disease
  • Have a sound knowledge of the overlap with basic science advances across the neuroscience field and a good understanding of clinical synergies
  • Have gained insights into the broad "hot topics" in neuroscience research and be able to generate useful discussions and ideas
  • Be able to analyse and critically appraise the clinical and basic neuroscience literature in a chosen topic of interest
  • Be able to apply this knowledge through creating new ideas for clinical research projects
  • Be able to work in teams and effectively communicate clinical research findings
  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding of various advanced clinical research techniques that have broad application to many areas of neuroscience
  • Understand clinical research applications of brain imaging techniques
  • Understand the need for multi-disciplinary integration in clinical research and be able to establish appropriate collaborations across disciplines
  • Have insight into current research applications of these techniques across the various neuroscience disciplines
  • Be able to develop innovative strategies to investigate clinical neuroscience research questions to pursue in response to particular neurological problems
  • Have achieved a level of competency enabling them to create and conduct high-quality clinical neuroscience research projects from the original concept through to submission of competitive research proposals.

Anita Horvath

This program is essential for anyone wishing to commence a clinical research project in their current profession, or for those looking to work in the clinical research industry. It provides participants with the fundamental knowledge of clinical research development, design and implementation.

One of the best things this program offers is access to leaders in the field of clinical research and their research projects. The integrated nature of the program draws on the expertise of our academics and researchers and affiliated research institutes and hospitals.

I really enjoy igniting people’s passion for research, and working with course participants to achieve their clinical research goals -whether that’s developing a research project from their clinical practice and experience or helping students to transition into the clinical research field from other industries. This very practical program is about preparing participants for the future clinical research workforce.

Dr Anita Horvath, Director, Research Training