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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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Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Dr Steven Petratos

Contact details

Central Clinical School: telephone +61 3 9902 0191; email or visit

Admission and fees

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Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

This course must be completed in a minimum of 0.5 years and a maximum of 3 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Multi-modal (Clayton)

Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site blocks of study days.


Graduate Certificate in Translational Research


This course provides an understanding of the processes involved in developing a basic science finding through to clinical trials. The course modules offer the basic foundations of discipline-specific laboratory research questions and how these can be applied to broader clinical applications. The main focus is for the student to establish an appreciation that fundamental scientific questions may have multidisciplinary clinical answers. Other core learning outcomes are through understanding how scientific concepts can be marketed and communicated effectively through research pipeline procedures and the responsibilities of the researcher that may be derived from this.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of the course graduates should be able to:

  • define general ethical frameworks, along with specific ethical principles underpinned by those frameworks, in the context of current developments in biotechnology, clinical practice, and the ethical oversight of research on humans
  • apply basic working principles of biostatistical methods in health and medical research
  • outline the principles of good clinical practice (GCP), how to conduct a clinical trial, how drugs are developed and how to manage regulatory documents
  • outline the processes involved in developing a basic science finding through to clinical studies.


Assessment includes written assignments, practical exercises and examinations.


This course consists of four core units.


Students must complete:

  • APG5210 Bioethics theory and practice
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • TRM4001 Introduction to clinical trials
  • TRM4002 Translational research

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 0122 Master of Bioethics.