Master of Science in Clinical Research – Teaching Out

Please be informed that from May 2017 onwards, Masters of Science in Clinical Research programme will be in its teaching out phase until August 2018.

Please call 629 629 62 or email for more information.


This part time programme was designed specifically for the training of Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), and has been developed in collaboration with world renowned Healthcare and Pharmaceutical partners.

Conducted by ENU’s experts in the field, the programme adheres to the strictest European Union or Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and has been validated by local clinical research industry and endorsed by the Singapore Clinical Research Consortium, which comprises of major stakeholders in the industry.

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Course Delivery: Part time

Course Duration

For local students: 36 months

Course Structure

There are a total of 6 modules and a dissertation on MSc Clinical Research.

Course Module and Synopsis

Clinical Research – Theory
This module relates to the theoretical principles that influence clinical research and the design of clinical research/trials. This will provide you with a sound understanding of how the design of research/clinical trials can underpin the development of research. The module includes an exploration of research paradigms and research design; phases of clinical trials; statistics in clinical research; theories and principles of ethics; investigation of ethics in research; exploration of key characteristics of quantitative research and critical appraisal of evidence.

Clinical Research – Legislation and Regulation
This module will explore the regulatory and legislative infrastructure that effects and influences clinical research. International and National examples will be used to explore how this area can directly impact of design, conduct and reporting of clinical research. The module includes and exploration of International/Singaporean Good Clinical Practice; EU Clinical Trials Directive; Research Governance; Regulatory authorities; Ethics Committees/Institutional Review Boards; local approval and inspections/audits.

Clinical Research – Practice
This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to interpret the practical aspects of the professional roles in clinical research and to apply this knowledge to enhance your ability to improve your practice. Content delivered to students face to face in this module includes:
Critical reflection; monitoring and audit of clinical trials; local trial responsibilities; standard operating procedures; ethical and managerial approval; data management; informed consent; drug accountability; communications skills and exploration of issues related to professional roles in clinical research.

In addition to these modules you will also undertake a work-based learning module, a Research methods module, an option module and, finally, a dissertation relating to Clinical Research.

Research Approaches in Health and Social Care
On this module you will learn to critically explore research evidence and be able to synthesize, integrate and apply knowledge relating to the research process.  It will be important to evaluate research methods that are relevant to health and social care practitioners and service users through the use of real-life examples from local, national and international researchers.  This module will enable you develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, patients and families.  By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of clinical practice.

Work Based Learning
This module is designed to stimulated professional development; enhance clinical judgement, and encourage critical reflective practice underpinned by your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning, which occurs as a result of the individual engaging in experiences and activities related to clinical trials, is critically analysed, evaluated and recorded to demonstrate professional development. In this module you will be required to negotiate, with your line manager, a learning agreement equivalent to 400 hours of study.

In this module you will learn how to conduct and extended literature review and critique on a topic of your choice which is relevant to your degree outcome. The topic you chose is identified from the work that you do in the Research Methods module completed before this module begins. In the process you will also learn how to develop a search strategy for conducting and effective literature review and critique and to write about the implications of what you find for future theory and practice.

Clinical Governance and improvement Practice*
This module will facilitate your understanding of the need for the development of clinical governance as a framework for improving the safety and quality of healthcare in Singapore and internationally. This module introduces you to the key concerts embedded in clinical governance and improvement practice. You will explore relevant policies and models related to clinical governance as well as differentiating between evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness.

Contemporary Ethical and Professional Issues in Healthcare*

The module is ideal if you are interested in ethical, professional and legal issues in healthcare. Internet access is required to access module materials, participate in online discussions about contemporary issues in healthcare and communicate with other students and the module team. You will be encouraged to use materials relevant to your own area of practice (national and/or international) in development of the module assessment (portfolio), in which you will explore and analyse a self-selected ethical, professional and/or legal issue relevant to healthcare.

Leadership and Finance for Effective Service Delivery*

In this module you will learn about the role of a leader and the contextual approach to effective leadership. You will, critically examine leadership theories in the context of different countries, companies and situations. In particular you will learn to prepare, understand, interpret and analyse internal and external information for investment appraisal.

*Choose either one

Course Learning Objectives

  • To provide trainees with skills and knowledge that will enable them to respond effectively in a rapidly changing health arena that is strongly influenced by healthcare trends and both local, and international legislations.
  • To support and challenge trainees’ the development of their skills and knowledge to enable them to either enter the industry and/or for those already in the industry, to upskill themselves in order to be able to perform in their professional practice more effectively.
  • To encourage trainees to leverage on their acquired their skills and knowledge to adapt to the ever-changing landscape in clinical research. To provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate and explore the complexities of conducting clinical research in the current healthcare and legislative environment.

Delivery Mode

All are delivered on-line except the Practice module. The Practice module is delivered face-to-face over 3 days and then one day for assessment.

Course Commencement

May and September

Assessment Methodology

Examinations, practicals, projects, assignments, assessments.

Career Opportunities

  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical data analyst
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical team manager
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Project manager
  • Quality assurance auditor
  • Research fellow

Entry Requirement

  • Bachelor Degree preferably in Life Sciences or equivalent.
  • If you do not possess a degree or equivalent, your application will be considered on an individual basis dependent upon sufficient relevant work experience.

English Requirement

At least a C6 at GCE O/A Level English or equivalent or Academic IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no element scores lower than 5.5 or equivalent

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

Local students: Total Course fee is S$36,000 (before 7% GST).

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.
****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.


  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Local students

Step 1 – Fill up the following online forms:

  • Application Form – Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Step 2 – Attached the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photograph with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity for foreigners with valid pass) / NRIC (For Singaporean / PRs)
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • A copy of resume
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
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      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post.

Step 5: Payment of Programme Fees
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment.

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