Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Practice

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Clinical trials are well recognised as an important research discipline. They are the key to improving health outcomes for patients across every field of health. Nurses and health professionals play a central role in the successful conduct of clinical trials.

With the increasing complexity of clinical research and its regulation, a greater level of knowledge and expertise is required for all nurses and health professionals involved in the clinical trials process. This new and innovative postgraduate course in Clinical Trials Practice is an excellent opportunity for those aiming to specialise and pursue a career in clinical trials.

Completion of this graduate certificate allows students to gain admission to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Research or Master of Clinical Trials Research, offered by Sydney Medical School.

Inherent Requirements for Nursing courses

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Practice may be completed over one year part-time. The course consists of 24 credit points of units of study. Students normally undertake two units of study in each semester.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Students completing this course will be well prepared to advance their careers and work in both senior and leadership roles in clinical research, such as:
Clinical Trial Nurse
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
Trial Monitor
Clinical Research Manager
Clinical Research Investigator


Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Practice will hold:
(a) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification
(b) registration as a nurse in Australia with a minimum of 5 years experience

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

On-line applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 20 February. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please submit the following with your application:
(1) copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(4) copy of your curriculum vitae detailing both education and relevant employment experience
(4) copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(5) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.