Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Operations

in Partnership with the Global Health Clinical Consortium, University of Western Cape and the Institute for Global Health, University of Siena. 

Next start date, June 2024 | Fee: $1650 


This course was designed and developed by FCD College in collaboration with the Global Health Clinical Consortium (GHCC), the Institute for Global Health at the University of Siena, Italy, Strathmore University, Kenya, and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The course is for Study Coordinators, and those working in related roles, such as Research Assistants, Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Trial Managers, and Investigators: it is for you, if you work on clinical trials and you want to improve how trials are conducted, you wish to increase the probability of success, and you would like to make a meaningful contribution in finding a cure for unmet medical needs. 

The TB Alliance have a summary of the GHCC here. 

The course covers the core topics one must know to manage the operations of a research site.   Graduates are expected to improve key operations at the sites where they work. They should be able to effectively coordinate clinical trials and help improve participant safety, recruitment and retention. 

 The graduate of this post graduate certificate will typically work at a clinical research site, hospital, CRO or pharmaceutical company. They may be a physician, nurse, pharmacist, scientist, or member of staff already working in clinical research, or they may be someone who wishes to move into a role in this area.

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 an area in high demand,

Award Title
Post Graduate Certificate

Program Duration
10 Weeks

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 10-week online Post Graduate Certificate blends self-directed study with tutor-led team-based learning. Throughout the course, you’ll engage in:

The Certificate consists of 10 modules, or lessons plus two weeks to prepare your assessment.


Currently the modules are as follows, although they may change based on feedback from our current students, scientifc advisors and other stakeholders.


Project management


The nature of disease and medicines

Financial management

Best practices in clinical trial management

Study design

Working with external partners

Clinical Trial Mgt. & Stats

Closing a trial

Program Benefits

Graduates will receive a Post Graduate Certificate delivered by FCD in partnership with the Institute for Global Health, University of Siena and 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.

The certificate is 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 Regulatory Sciences or PG Diploma in Clinical Operations, especially for those who do not meet the normal entry criteria.

Depending on your work experience and other qualifications you will be able to work as a Research Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Associate or Investigator.

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