Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradCertClinResMeth
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Allen Cheng


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, targets the needs of health professionals who seek training in the methods used to undertake sound clinical research. It provides the guidance through the many stages required for undertaking research, i.e. from the development of the research question through to the publication of the study results. The emphasis is on a practical approach to clinical research.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand the concepts of clinical research, its ethical aspects and principles of good research practice
  • select the appropriate study design for any given research question
  • write a research proposal, ethics committee submission and grant application
  • initiate a research study and appropriately collect the data
  • appropriate manage and analyze the research data
  • prepare a manuscript for publication.


Assessment includes written assignments and examinations.


This course consists of four core units

Areas of study


Semester one

Semester two

  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research methods

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 2309 Master of Clinical Epidemiology or can lead to the 0046 Master of Public Health.


Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods