Course Features

If you are interested in being part of teams and organisations that focus on innovative patient focussed research, this programme is perfect for you. Designed to be accessible by those with a Science background, who wish to gain a competitive employment advantage in order to pursue a career in bio-pharmaceutical research, biotechnology, or within the medical device sector.

The online learning environment allows you to study in your own location, while providing you with constant access to the tutors at the UCD Clinical Research Centre through discussion forums and regular email contact.

Course Overview

This innovative training programme in clinical trials is delivered entirely using a virtual learning environment, where the classroom comes to you. With lecture content and reading materials made available weekly – you can progress through the course at a pace that fits in with your work and other commitments, all the while having constant access to the course tutors through discussion forums and email. This format has enabled students from 19 countries to pass through the programme to date.

Designed to be accessible by those with a Science background, who wish to gain a competitive employment advantage in order to pursue a career in bio-pharmaceutical research, biotechnology, or within the medical device sector. 

To complete the UCD Grad Cert in Clinical Trials you will

  • Participate in eight months of Study
  • Earn 30 ECTS credits
  • Complete 3 different modules
  • Successfully pass all assessments and examination

You will need to successfully complete the following 3 modules, to generate 30 ECTS credits

  • Clinical Trials
  • Data Management & Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trial Management

Autumn Core Modules

Spring Core Modules

  • Applicants must possess a Level 8 degree or equivalent in any Science, Health Science, or a related discipline
  • Applicants will be assessed for entry to the programme based on undergraduate performance and final degree award
  • Subject to a large volume applicants meeting the essential and preferred criteria, random selection may apply
  • Applicants may be asked to participate in an Interview
  • Subject to availability, consideration will be given to graduates of non- science degrees who have subsequent postgraduate experience
  • As the clinical research industry is global demonstrated proficiency in another language may be considered positively

Online applications are now open for January enrolment.

  • The next intake for the Online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials is September
  • Click on the link and follow the steps outlined
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses  
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select (1) PT X787**. 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. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here
  • 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: or telephone: + 353 1 716 1476

The UCD Graduate programme is a highly innovative way of providing training to graduates in science and medicine. The programme rapidly brings participants to a situation in which they are highly attractive to employers and it dramatically shortens their training time once employed. We at ICON have employed a high proportion of the graduates from this programme and look forward to continuing to do so. We believe that it gives us and indeed Ireland a significant competitive advantage as well as serving our graduates well.

Prof Brendan Buckley, former Chief Medical Officer, ICON Plc

A large number of graduates have sent in feed back on progression in their careers since completing this course, many are in pharma research. This course is a great way of upskilling within your job or if you wish to move into a new area of clinical trials. This innovative training programme is delivered entirely online where the class room comes to you, you can progress through the course at a pace that fits in with your work and other commitments.

For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.

For further course information:

Academic Programme DirectorProgramme Administrator

Dr Deborah Wallace

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
UCD School of Medicine


Ms Denise Gosling

Administration Officer
UCD School of Medicine
UCD Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Nelson Street, Dublin 7

Tel: + 353 1 716 4587



Key Information:

  • Major Code X787
  • Duration 8 months
  • Schedule Part Time
  • Next Intake September Annually