M.Sc. in Clinical Research is a 2-year postgraduate course in medicine. Clinical Research is the investigation aimed at determining the safety and efficacy of new medical products including drugs, vaccines, devices, diagnostic agents, and treatment regimens intended for maintaining and regaining human health. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or for relieving symptoms of a disease. Clinical Research essentially involves:
The minimum eligibility needed for applying to the course is the successful completion of graduation from a recognized university in any of:
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 5000 and 2 Lacs for a span of 2 years. The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course varies between INR 20,000 and 45,00, increasing with experience and expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System/Yearly|
|Eligibility||Graduation in a relevant discipline|
|Admission Process||Merit-based/ Based on performance in entrance test|
|Course Fee||INR 5,000 to 5 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 12 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||GB Pant, Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital, Artemis Healthcare, Max Hospital, Biocon Pharmaceutical, Innodaa, ACPL, Metro Hospital, Fortis, Hospital, Medanta Medicity, Pfizer (Through Wipro), Max Neeman, Dharamshila Cancer Center, Sir Gangaram Hospital, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Pharmaceutical industry, CROs, SMOs, hospitals, educational institutes, DCGI office, and other govt. drug and food regulatory/ research organizations, etc.|
|Job Positions||Programmer - Clinical Research, Clinical Research Associate, Project Manager - Clinical Research, Clinical Research Physician, Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Analyst, Biostatistician, Project Manager - Clinical Research, and such.|
Clinical Research involves diverse researches and experiments conducted in clinics, particularly with living organisms. Major components of the course include:
Candidates enrolled to the course have the option of choosing one specific area of research, from among:
Clinical research deals with researching medical equipment and medicines based on the parameters of safety and performance. It is an important industry, cardinal to the development of the healthcare domain.
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Periyar Maniammai University||Thanjavur||INR 38,600|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida||INR 90,000|
|Rayat Bahra University||Mohali||INR 50,000|
|The Global Open University||Dimapur||INR 12,812|
|Amity University||Gurgaon||INR 95,650|
|Gujarat University||Ahmedabad||INR 55,000|
|Galgotias University||Greater Noida||INR 56,000|
|Saveetha University||Chennai||INR 1,05,000|
|Apeejay Stya University||Gurgaon||INR 1,66,000|
|Jamia Hamdard University||New Delhi||INR 67,000|
|Indian Institute of Public Health||Ahmedabad||INR 1,38,000|
|Indian Institute of Public Health||Gurgaon||INR 69,000|
|Saveetha Medical College||Chennai||INR 1,07,000|
|Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Bengaluru Campus||Bangalore||INR 60,000|
|Chettinad University||Kanchipuram||INR 11,250|
|Anovus Institute of Clinical Research||Chandigarh||INR 80,100|
|Galgotias University, School of Clinical Research and Healthcare||Greater Noida||INR 2,25,000|
|Sharda University, School of Allied Health Sciences||Greater Noida||INR 1,35,000|
|Institute of Clinical Research India||Delhi||INR 4,30,000|
|School of Bio-Science, Apeejay Stya University||Gurgaon||INR 3,32,000|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes also admit students based on the candidate’s obtained merit at the level of graduation, while some conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
Some such entrance tests held in the country for admission to the course are:
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Fundamentals of clinical operations||IPR & Data Exclusivity, Bioethics in Clinical Research|
|Clinical Data Management||Pre-clinical Studies|
|Statistics for Clinical Research||Pharmaceutical Biotechnology|
|Basics of Pharmacy, Drug discovery & Development||Basics of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology|
|Lab Course I & II||Lab Course III & IV|
|Regulatory Affairs||Project Management & Business Development|
|Human Biology||Audit & Inspections|
|Special Regulatory Processes||Pharmacovigilance & Safety Monitoring|
|Pharmacogenomics||Reporting & Medical Writing|
|Lab Course V||Project work|
|Case studies and Seminar||-|
As Clinical Research Coordinators, such postgraduates perform the following duties:
As Clinical Research Managers, they:
As Medical Assistants, such professionals work in hospitals, clinics, or doctors' offices, performing roles such as:
As Health Services Managers, such professionals are in charge of a variety of administrative and executive tasks in hospitals/ clinics.
Pharmaceutical companies, the National Institutes of Health, research hospitals and medical laboratories are some of the areas that hire Clinical Researchers. They monitor patients involved in clinical trials.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Clinical Research Analyst||Clinical Research Analysts work on medical studies designed to measure the effectiveness of a drug, medical device, or process on the human body. Clinical research is often conducted in a hospital, medical facility, or laboratory, and Research Analysts work alongside professionals within the medical field.||2,94,032|
|Clinical Research Associate||Clinical Research Associates gather and compose information acquired through studies and trials directed in fields like Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals. They coordinate and process results gained from long-term testing of drugs, products, and medical procedures.||3,00,662|
|Professor||Professors teach courses in their branch of expertise. They work with applicants who are studying for a degree/ certificate/ certification or are taking classes to enhance knowledge or professional aptitude.||9,13,657|
|Clinical Research Manager||Clinical Research Managers are responsible for managing the clinical research department and overseeing clinical research studies. Individuals in this position provide direction to Clinical Research Associates on the development, management, and completion of clinical research studies.||8,89,720|
|Biostatistician||Biostatisticians lead statistical analyses for an extensive variety of biology-related topics, and in addition, help with experimental designs. They work with scientific teams on studying statistical design, helping determine the team's needs and appropriate methods. They also help with grant applications, conduct data analyses, and help interpreting results in consultation with the research team.||1,140,000|