This post graduate certificate delivered by FCD in partnership with UWC and the Institute for Global Health, University of Siena. It covers the core topics one must know to manage the operations of a research site. Although the topics covered from protocol design to financial management are useful for anyone involved in operations within the health sciences.

Graduates of the certificate are expected to improve key operations metrics at sites where they work.  Graduates should be able to effectively coordinate clinical trials, In addition, there should be improved outcomes for participant safety and wellbeing as well as improvements in recruitment and retention. 

Graduates of the certificate should be better able to design and maintain the quality systems used to support a trial and they should positively contribute towards the resolution of challenges and problems that may arise. They should be better able to prepare sites for clinical trial start up and their financial and time management skills should improve.

The graduate of this post graduate certificate will typically work at a clinical research site, hospital, CRO or pharmaceutical company. The student may be a physician, nurse, pharmacist, scientist or member of staff already working in clinical development or is someone who wishes to transition into a role in this area and wishes to gain a thorough grounding in the key topics they are expected to contribute towards.

Why Study this Program?

Enhance your career opportunities in an area where there is a great need for qualified professionals.

Gain the skills to be a valuable contributor during the clinical development of medicines that meet unmet medical needs.

Learn from renowned world leading experts in a area in high demand.

Award Title
Post Graduate Diploma

Program Duration
12 Months

In Partnership with
University of Western Cape

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications may be considered for acceptance:

Four-year degree in pharmacy – [e.g., BPharm or BSc (Pharm)].

Degree in medicine or allied discipline.

Four-year degree in science (e.g., BSc Hons).

Three-year degree in science plus one years’ relevant work experience.

Three or four-year degree in a non-scientific subject plus one years’ relevant work experience.

Applicants without these qualifications may be considered if they can show suitable motivation and a high potential to positively contribute to the course. Consideration will be based on academic merit and appropriate experience.

What will I Study?

This 12 week online Post Graduate Certificate covers the core skills required to manage clinical trials and blends self-directed study with tutor-lead team-based learning. Throughout the course, you’ll engage in:

State of the art teaching via on-demand interactive lectures

Learning through real world case studies, online group tutorials and team work

Assessments that directly simulate the challenges faced by regulators and allied professions, for example clinical development and medical affairs.

An Open Access version of a previous iteration of this course is available here, just log in as a guest.

Please note, this version does not include tutorials, assessments and the rich interactions that take place between fellow learners and faculty, but it will give you a good idea of the topics covered.

Program Benefits

Graduates will receive a Post Graduate Certificate delivered by FCD in partnership with the University of the Western Cape a world leading, research-led, learning and teaching university with a legacy of social justice, community engagement and graduate employability.

Designed and delivered by leading experts with a global perspective

You can study while balancing existing family and work commitments

No need to travel as the program is online, available anytime, anywhere, on any device.

This certificate is a possible pathway to the PG Diploma in Clinical Operations for those who do not meet the normal entry criteria. If you are accepted onto the Diploma in Clinical Operations after successfully completing this certificate you may be eligible for exemptions worth 20 South African credits. The Diploma is a 90 South African credit program. This pathway is subject to availability and a final decision at time of applying.

Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Operations
Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Operations