Graduate Certificate Clinical and Translational Research

Course Features

  • Equips participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to allow them to complete programmes of clinical investigation and translational research.
  • Develops core research competencies and clinical and translational research principles.
  • Instructs students in the principles and practice of study design and conduct, data management, translational laboratory techniques, and data analysis.
  • Aims to develop a cadre of highly skilled young clinical investigators, who will be perfectly positioned to pursue research programmes leading to subsequent higher qualifications.

Course Overview

The aim of Graduate Certificate in Clinical & Translational Research is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to allow them to complete programmes of clinical investigation and translational research. Through the development of these core research competencies we will enable the development of a cadre of highly skilled young clinical investigators, who will be perfectly positioned to pursue research programmes leading to subsequent higher qualifications.

Who Should Take This Course?

Candidates should be third-level college graduates with an interest in developing careers in clinical investigation.

What Will I Learn?

Teaching and learning

The course is run sequentially over two semesters and consists of 4 modules. Learning is through a combination of formal teaching on campus for 6-8 hours on three sequential days during six blocks, directed home studies with review of selected educational material, and completion of projects for continuous assessments.

Student progression

On successful completion of 30 credits, a student may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical & Translational Research. These credits may also be applied towards requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Clinical & Translational Research (60 credits), ± an M.Sc. in Clinical & Translational Research: (90 credits), both of which may be completed part-time in 2014-2015.

Course Content

This course requires completion of 5 modules; 4 required, and a choice of 1 of 2 optional modules.  

Semester One - (Core Modules)

Principles and Practice of Clinical & Translational Research

This module forms part of the Graduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Clinical & Translational Research. The goal of this module is to provide an overview of the knowledge, skills and competencies that will allow them to complete a programme of clinical and translational research. 
Specifically, this Module will:

  • Explain the study designs used in clinical & translational research
    Discuss practical methods for management of data and biological samples obtained during clinical & translational research studies
  • Discuss the range of methods available for the analysis of samples obtained from clinical & translational research
  • Explain statistical methods used to design and analyse clinical & translational research projects
  • Review standards of Good Clinical Practice and Good Laboratory Practice in the conduct of clinical and translational research

On completion of this course students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of clinical & translational research methods. Specifically, students will be able to:

  • Understand clinical & translational research principles, including study design
  • Understand core methodologies used in the conduct of clinical & translational research, including data management, biological sample handling/storage, and basic data analysis
  • Analyse the design of clinical & translational research projects

Data Management for Clinical Research 

This module forms part of the Graduate Certificate in Cinical & Translational Research and the Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics. The goal of this module is to introduce students to key concepts in data management for clinical research. Specifically this Module will: ?- introduce students to the importance of data management for clinical research?- identify and evaluate source data?- describe methodologies for collection of data?- describe the creation of a data management plan for clinical research

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of data management?
  • Understand core considerations, including data security, source data, etc.?
  • Create a data management plan for a clinical research project

Semester Two - (Core Modules)

Advanced Research Methods 

This module prepares students working, or intending to work, in a population health or clinical setting to undertake all elements of a research project from concept through design, implementation and analysis to interpretation and presentation of findings. The focus of this module is primarily on quantitative methods, though applications to qualitative research is also covered.

At the end of this module students should be able to:

  • design a quantitative epidemiological study to be carried out in a clinical, occupational or scientific setting
  • develop a Research Protocol to a specified framework
  • prepare a submission to a Research Ethics Committee to specified standard
  • know the major epidemiological study designs
  • choose the design most appropriate to the research question
  • be familiar with relevant sources and types of data
  • understand sampling methods and recruitment strategies
  • understand power calculations / sample size estimation appropriate to the study design
  • design and evaluate study instruments, including questionnaires and Case Report Forms
  • oversee processes of data management, including data collection, entry and editing
  • select appropriate statistical techniques for study data
  • carry out basic statistical analysis
  • interpret study data and present results

Biorepositories for Clinical & Translational Research

The goal of this module is to introduce students to key concepts in the collection, processing and storage of biological samples for clinical and translational research. Specifically, this Module will:

  • introduce students to infrastructure of biorepository
  • introduce students to the methodology of sample collection, processing and storage
  • inform students of core ethical and legal considerations around sample collection
  • describe in detail the theory and practicality of collection of all types of biological materials
  • provide students with skills needed to create and execute a sampling plan
  • provide students with invaluable practical experience of sample collection and processing

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • understand the theory of biological material preservation
  • understand the infrastructure needed to develop a biorepository
  • gain practical experience in sample handing and processing
  • create a sampling plan
  • understand sample validation and quality control

How/Where Will I Learn?

Course structure

Semester One

  • Principles and Practice of Clinical & Translational Research (10 Credits)
  • Data Management for Clinical Research (5 Credits)

Semester Two

  • Biorepositories for Clinical & Translational Research (5 Credits)
  • Clinical Protocol Development (10 Credits)

Am I Eligible for this Course?

  • Candidates should be third-level College graduates.

International Applicants

International applicants should contact crc@ucd.ie for a full list of entry requirements.

 

Further information for international applicants is available here

Application Details

Important dates & information

  • The next intake for Graduate Certificate in Clinical & Translational Research is September 2015.

Apply Online

  • Click on the www.ucd.ie/apply link and follow the steps outlined.
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” is September 2015 - 2016.
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Clinical and Translational Research GC PT X429. The corresponding fee will be applied.
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section.
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: applications@ucd.ie or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

Course Fees

EU StudentsNon-EU Students 
€2,860  
  • For students who take the programme over two years, these fees are per annum.
  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.

Contact Us

For further course information:

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator

Dr Peter Doran

Director, UCD Clinical Research Centre
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Nelson Street
Dublin 7  

Email: crc@ucd.ie

Ms Denise Gosling

Senior Executive Assistant,
UCD Clinical Research Centre
Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre
Mater Misericordiae Hospital
Nelson Street,
Dublin 7
Tel: +353 1 716 4504
 
Email: crc@ucd.ie
 

Ms Helen Campion

Senior Executive Assistant,
UCD Clinical Research Centre
Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre
Mater Misericordiae Hospital
Nelson Street
Dublin 7
Tel: +353 1 716 4587

Email: crc@ucd.ie