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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Dr Sylvia Pomeroy

Contact details

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

Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)

This course is only available to international students in on-campus mode. Off-campus students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-site study days.


Master of Clinical Research Methods


Undertaking the Master of Clinical Research Methods at Monash University will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the broad domain of clinical research and a postgraduate qualification that is recognised around the world. This course aims to provide students with advanced skills in clinical research necessary to work in clinical and public health.

It especially focuses on developing skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, critical appraisal of the scientific literature, and the translation of research into clinical practice and public health policy, as well as use of statistical software.

Teaching is structured as a combination of on-line educational delivery, and face to face block days, which suits busy professionals and those who balance other responsibilities in their lives.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics
  • become familiar with clinical research methodology, including randomised controlled trials
  • demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the quantitative epidemiological literature
  • appreciate the contribution of systematic reviews to evidence-based practice
  • demonstrate an ability to apply the principles of clinical epidemiology to clinical practice
  • display a working knowledge of other applications of epidemiology
  • develop a research protocol and undertake an epidemiological research project with a clinical focus.


Assessment includes written assignments, examinations, class participation, web-based tasks, and optional supervised research project.


This course consists of nine core units, plus either three electives or one elective and a minor research project.


Core units

  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5200 Regression methods for epidemiology
  • MPH5202 Clinical epidemiology
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5236 Clinical trials
  • MPH5237 Clinical measurement
  • MPH5239 Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills

Elective options

Students must complete one of the following:

  • MPH5231 Research design and project proposal and MPH5232 Research conduct analysis, write-up and submission (7000-8000 words)*, and one elective from the list below
  • three electives from the list below

* Prerequisites apply.

Elective units

  • MAP4200 Improving indigenous equity in professional practice
  • MPH5207 Chronic diseases: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5218 Infectious diseases: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5256 Injury epidemiology and prevention*
  • MPH5270 Advanced statistical methods for clinical research

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course and achieve one of the following may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research including course 3438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, among others:

Refer to the Qualification equivalenciesQualification equivalencies ( for further information.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 3416 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods
  • 0702 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods.