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What will I learn?

The objective of this Master of Science course is to provide training for the next generation of healthcare workers in the clinical research arena. The course aims to provide a platform for achieving greater efficiencies in applying medical discoveries to clinical practice. It is aimed at qualified individuals who wish to become independent clinical investigators or those who wish to seek employment in leadership positions in clinical research teams.

The MSc (Clinical Research) is intended to be a part-time two-year programme of academic study in Clinical Research Methodology. Year 1 will be spent at NUIG and Year 2 is completed by a combination of distance learning through modules delivered by McMaster University and NUI Galway, and on-site modules delivered by NUI Galway. A full-time one-year option is available to students who wish to complete the MSc in a full-time capacity.

Special Features

­This is the only Masters programme of its kind in Ireland. Course contributors include senior academics and medical professionals from NUI Galway, Galway University Hospitals and McMaster University, Canada, who are actively engaged in clinical research. Th­is programme is closely linked with the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway.

Career Opportunities

Clinical Research graduates are expected to progress to become principal investigators or administrators in the conduct, managing and monitoring of clinical research. Such roles have become a prominent source of jobs in a variety of settings, including universities and colleges, the pharmaceutical industry, non-academic clinical research organisations, hospitals, independent funding agencies and government agencies. Additional opportunities include employment in teaching and consultation settings.

Which department am I in?

College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,116.00 (US$ 17,534) per year
EU Fees: €7,481 p.a. (Tuition: €7,341, Student levy: €140)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,

Galway,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (bachelor’s or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

Students must have completed either of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in medicine
  • Other healthcare related undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification.
  • Biomedical science-related undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification.

Applicants from non-healthcare related degrees will be considered (minimum requirement of 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification) on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the coordinators.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

Closing Date: 15 June.

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

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About National University of Ireland

While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.

  • Four excellent colleges offering a wide selection of courses
  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
  • Study in a city regularly voted one of the world’s friendliest