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.

Develop expertise in the conduct and assessment of clinical trials. Designed for registered nurses and health professionals, the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Practice develops a comprehensive understanding of the clinical trials process, cultivating the knowledge and skills to interpret trial data, manage information systems and improve data quality.

Clinical trials are key to improving health outcomes for patients across every field of health. They are conducted in a wide range of clinical contexts, such as improving disease prevention, diagnosis, and the quality of life and psychological wellbeing of patients and their caregivers. As a clinical trials student, you will learn from leading researchers as you investigate strategies for successful study conduct, monitoring and quality assurance, develop your project management skills and explore the ethical and legal framework governing clinical trials.

During this one year degree, you will study four units on a part-time basis, combining flexible online study with two face-to-face units, usually consisting of four on-campus study days per semester. Through case studies, you will focus on trial design and the theory behind protocol development. This course will enhance your knowledge of measurement principles, statistical concepts and analytical approaches, alongside practical skills in data management.

This new and innovative postgraduate degree is an excellent opportunity for those aiming to specialise and pursue a career in clinical trials. Completion of this graduate certificate is a pathway to admission into the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Research or Master of Clinical Trials Research, offered by the Sydney Medical School.

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

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

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 Handbooks Online 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.

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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.