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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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    Marketing, Advertising, Retailing and Sales (Health Science in Psychology Conjoint Program) - BBus Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    54 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,066 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,513 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Biology: Health Science Emphasis - BSc University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,900 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Applied Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin Parkside, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,378 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,378 USD

    Start date
    February, September
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    Applied Health Sciences: Kinesiology and Health Promotion - BASc (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,008 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,213 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Science (Health Sciences), West Campus - BASc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,834 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in clinical research

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    Public Health Science - ASc College of the Desert, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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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
    21,859 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,760 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Health Sciences with Medical Office Administration - AAS-T Lake Washington Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,635 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, July
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Health Science - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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Certificate in clinical research

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    Health Sciences - Cert HE Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,077 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    21,815 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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    Clinical Research - MClin Res Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,424 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Clinical Research - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,162 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Clinical Research and Product Development - MSc University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Health Science - MSc Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,424 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 158,350 SEK

    Start date
    September
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    Health Science: Psychology - MHSc Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    28,499 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,870 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    39,629 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Health Science - DHS Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    42 months
    Annual tuition fee
    27,335 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,201 NZD

    Start date
    January
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    Health Sciences - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Professional Doctorate in Health Science - ProfDoc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,942 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,150 GBP

    Start date
    October
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Diploma in clinical research

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    Health Science - GradDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,302 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,851 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Health Sciences - PGDipHSc University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,898 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,310 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Health Sciences: Health Information Management - PGDipHealSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,130 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,000 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Medical Research - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,288 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
    12,340 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.