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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research is a two-year course for experienced medical professionals who want to want to build a career in clinical research.

Designed for health professionals from a range of clinical disciplines, including biomedical, medical, nursing, allied health, health science and social science, this program is suited to those either already involved in research and seeking to formalise their skills, or those wanting to start a career in the field.

You’ll gain the skills you need to plan and implement a clinical research program, learn to translate your research into clinical practice and build a career on the frontiers of health care.

Who is this course for?

This course is tailored for medical and health professionals who want to undertake clinical research in their current profession, and for those looking to work in the clinical research industry.

The Graduate Diploma builds on the fundamentals of clinical research methodology and ethical responsibilities explored in the Graduate Certificate. You'll learn how apply your research through project management and knowledge translation.

You will have the opportunity to undertake advanced study in an elective stream (25 credit points) of your choice. Streams include: clinical trial design, clinical neuroscience and imaging, eHealth and bioinformatics or a small research project in an area of interest.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$33,472.00 (18,21,110) per year
Start date

February 2023


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science; and
At least one year of documented, relevant professional work experience in a medical, scientific or allied health environment

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.