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Study clinical research abroad

An in-depth guide to studying clinical research as an international student.

Clinical research degrees abroad

Clinical research is a vitally important part of developing new drugs and medical treatments. It is the process by which these new therapies are tested to ensure they are safe and work as they should.

As a clinical research student, you’ll develop the skills required to design and lead high-quality clinical research and support healthcare research innovation. You’ll also learn how to conduct critical analysis of evidence, and to carry out in-depth qualitative and quantitative research.

Effective and collaborative clinical research has never been more important. As an international student, you’ll get to see how clinical research is approached in a new country, and gain access to the best facilities and teaching. Not only this, but you’ll also be embarking on an exciting new adventure, experiencing a different culture, and making lifelong connections.

Clinical research program structure

Clinical research is most widely offered as a master's program, however it is possible to study it as a bachelor’s program in the USA. Here you’ll study for four years, and have the opportunity to take a range of ‘minor’ subjects in your first two years. In the final half of your program you’ll focus on clinical research modules.

You can study a master’s in clinical research if you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Most postgraduate programs last between one and two years, and are offered at a range of qualifications including MSc, PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma), PgCert (Postgraduate Certificate), and MClinRes (Master of Clinical Research).

PgDip and PgCert qualifications are shorter than a master’s qualification, and in the UK can be completed in a year. MClinRes tend to be purely research based programs, whereas most MSc degrees will include taught modules.

When studying a clinical research program, you can expect to take part in some lectures, seminars, and tutorials. A lot of your time will be used conducting your own research and working on a dissertation.

The modules and subject areas you’ll study will differ depending on where you choose to study, however some of the most common include:

  • Introduction to research methods
  • Foundations in clinical research
  • Health economics
  • Statistical methods in health research
  • Implementation and improvement science
  • Data analysis
  • Research project

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Clinical research study abroad programs

Clinical research undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in clinical research

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    Health Sciences - BSc University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    41,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 41,280 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Health Sciences: General Health Sciences - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Health Science & Physical Activity - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Exercise and Health Sciences - BSc University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,649 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,649 USD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Health Sciences - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,185 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in clinical research

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    Health Sciences - ASc Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Health Sciences - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,084 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,760 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in clinical research

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    Health Sciences - UGP Flinders University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,038 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,700 AUD

    Start date
    June, October
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Clinical research graduate programs

Master's in clinical research

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    Integrative Health Science - MSc Kristianstad University, Sweden
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,111 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 60,000 SEK

    Start date
    September
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    Health Science - MSc Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,767 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 158,350 SEK

    Start date
    September
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    Health Sciences (Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health) - MHSc Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,692 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Health Science : Community Health - MPH California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Clinical Research - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,165 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in clinical research

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    Clinical Doctorates - PhD University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,636 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in clinical research

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    Medical Research - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,068 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in clinical research

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    Health Science - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,031 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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Future clinical research careers

As a clinical research graduate, your skills will be in high demand in a range of healthcare roles. Some of the career paths you could consider include:

  • Clinical researcher
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical research scientist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Clinical trial manager

If you don’t know which role is right for you, you can speak to your university’s career services. They can help you find work after graduation or advice which modules best match your aspirations.