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Clinical Research (PGCert)

Course Description

Develop your understanding of clinical research techniques and gain new skills to tackle complex issues within this field.

This course is supported by the internationally recognised Edinburgh Academy of Clinical Research Education which has strong links to pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations and the hospital and NHS sectors.

The course will advance your knowledge of specialist areas and develop new professional skills to a high level. You’ll be able to deal with complex issues in Clinical Research, make informed judgements and communicate your conclusions clearly to colleagues and peers.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/PgCert-Clinical-Research-Postgraduate-PartTime

What you'll learn

This part-time course is studied over a minimum of one year.

Subject includes:
- Clinical research – theory
- Clinical research – legislation and regulation
- Clinical research – practice

Part-time study is flexible. Normally students will take three years to complete the programme if they undertake one module per week but the length of the course can be reduced to two years, if two modules are taken each week. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


This course will provide you with a postgraduate academic qualification in your area of work. This will assist the development of your knowledge and skills and enhance your continual professional development. Your qualification could form the basis for further postgraduate study and should be a key component in your career progression in the clinical research industry.

Career opportunities:
- clinical research nurse
- clinical research associate
- trial coordinator
- data manager

Visit the Clinical Research (PGCert) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. Due to the nature of this course, applicants must also be currently working in a related field of practice in order to be considered. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient and strongly relevant work experience within the industry.

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