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

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.

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, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.