Graduate Diploma 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 and as the key to improving outcomes for patients across every field of health care. 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. The new and innovative postgraduate program in clinical trials practice is an excellent opportunity for those aiming to specialise and pursue a career in clinical trials. It has been developed in response to the need for formal postgraduate qualifications to meet the demands and complexity of clinical trials.
Students may choose to complete the graduate diploma or use it as a pathway into the master’s degree in this discipline . In addition, completion of the graduate diploma allows students to gain admission to the Master of Clinical Trials Research offered by Sydney Medical School .
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- CLTR5001 - Trial Design and Methods
- NURS5012 - Assessment and Clinical Judgement
- NURS5066 - Foundations of Clinical Trials
- NURS5067 - Clinical Trials: Measurement & Analysis
- NURS5068 - Clinical Trials in Practice
- NURS5069 - Research in Nursing and Health Care
- NURS5070 - Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality
Further course information
The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice may be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. Students studying full-time will undertake three units of study in each semester. The course consists of 36 credit points (cp), including 30cp of core units and 6cp of elective units.
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)
Clinical Research Manager
Clinical Research Investigator
Specialising in this area provides an extremely rewarding and challenging career.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice will hold:
(a) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) registration as a nurse with a minimum of five years experience; or
(c) a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Research from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(d) completion of the requirements of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Practice from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
How to apply
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 1 December. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please submit the following with your application:
(1) certified copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) certified copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) certified copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(4) certified 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.
How to apply
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, 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 2013 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.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice.
Annual review not available for Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice.
Potential for inaccuracy
Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials Practice.