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Clinical Research Industry

  • The global market is estimated to be worth over USD 2 billion by 2020.
  • There are more than 2,50,000 positions vacant with a handsome MSc Clinical Research starting salary.

Key factors

  • Local cost of Clinical Studies – 50 to 70% of costs in the US/EU
  • Fast recruitment, accelerated approvals and good communication skills
  • Gigantic pool of treatment-naïve patients in major cities
  • English-speaking investigators
  • Regulatory facilitation of parallel phase studies

MSc in Clinical Research-2 Years (UGC Recognized)

Our award-winning MSc Clinical Research programme was India’s first & till date the most sought-after programme within the science fraternity. ICRI has been a pioneering institution to introduce this programme since 2004 where more than 2,000 students have passed on our MSc programme making it the largest number of students in India to pass on this programme.

Our top 99 students "success stories" who have passed from our MSc clinical research are working across the globe, the details of which are more than inspiring!!

The comprehensive curriculum enhances the avenues available to students when they step into the industry for faster career scope in MSc Clinical Research. The mix of Clinical Research, Clinical Data Management, Medical Writing and Pharmacovigilance curriculum along with Management Module and Soft Skills in the course ensures a head start to move up the corporate ladder faster. The objective of MSc in clinical research course is to develop students over a period of two Years by rigorous fieldwork and academics, ensuring students spend last 3 months as interns with hospitals/Pharma Companies/CRO’s who are ICRI industry partners.

Career Avenues in Clinical Research

For Doctors: Principal Investigators / Co-investigator / Medical Advisor / Drug Developers / Regulatory Affairs Manager / Clinical Research Physician.

For Paramedics, Pharmacists & Life Science Graduates: Medical Writers / Clinical Research Associates / Site coordinators / Clinical Research Manager / Drug Development Associates / Clinical Data Management / Pharmacovigilance Executive / Clinical Trail analyst / Drug Reviewer / Drug Safety Physician & many more

For Management Professionals: (with Life Science/Health Science background) Business Development / Clinical Project Management / Clinical Research Management / Regulatory Affairs.

Clinical Research Associates: To monitor clinical trials, ensure compliance with the clinical trial protocol, checks clinical sites activities, make on-site visits, CRFs.

Clinical Research Investigators: Conduct BA/BE studies, writing / revising SOP, review of protocols, investigators brochures, ICF & CRFs Protocol, CRF & ICF preparations plans and conduct of BA/BEIEC/IRB affairs-GC.

Study Coordinators: Provides safety & protection while collecting & managing the study data.

Data Manager / Biostatistician: Design, study & predict the seriousness of the disease, seriousness of the disease, evaluate new treatment and effectiveness of medication, participate in research design, data collection, choosing & implementing appropriate methodologies, interpreting the results.

Regulatory Affairs Managers: Review & registration of documents, evaluation of technical data, liaison with regulatory authorities.

Clinical Trials Auditors: Conducts audits for regulatory function within the trial department to assure compliance with GLP/GCP in accordance with established FDA regulations and company policies & standard operating procedure.

Clinical Research Managers: Manage, supervise, train, mentor clinical research staff, approve investigator’s study, budget & contract, review & approve regulatory documents, develop a protocol, approve CRFs, review study data.

Business Development Manager: Identify potential clients, establish business relations, responsible for meeting new clients, following up on leads, market research.

Drug Safety Associate: Manage & relay drug safety information, maintain current knowledge of global drug safety regulations, summarize clinical safety data, write narratives with medical input, report SADRs to Regulatory Authorities, participate in training on drug safety issues & another task under drug safety.

Medical Writer: Documentation, manuscripts, abstracts, external communication tools Clinical Data Manager: Ensures the accuracy & consistency of data prepared for regulatory bodies for reporting purpose.

Others: Auditors, Quality Assurance, Patents & IP Related position

What will you be taught?

Semester I

  • Emerging trend of Management
  • Clinical Research Overview
  • Regulation & Ethics in Clinical Research
  • Site Management organization (SMO)*
  • Perspectives in Clinical evaluation
  • Statistics for Management


  • Molecular mechanism of drug action
  • Preclinical Evaluation of Drugs
  • GMP and GLP *
  • Pharma Regulatory Affairs
  • Global Regulations
  • Pharmacovigilance 1
  • Statistical Analytical System


  • Central Lab & Medical Therapeutic Area
  • Pharmacology-I
  • Pharmacovigilance-II
  • Clinical Trial Management
  • Designing Clinical Trials
  • Argus training
  • Minor Project


  • Advanced Clinical Data Management
  • Advanced Medical Writing
  • Pharmacology-II
  • Research Methodology
  • Clinical Oracle
  • Soft skill Training and Personality Development
  • Internship
  • Project Work/Dissertation

Some of the regular recruiters: Accenture, Cipla, Clinigene, CliniRx, Clinisys, Cognizant, Excel Lifesciences, Global Spectrum, Jubilant, iGate, Indegene Life Systems, Manipal Accunova, Neemans, Nicholas Piramal, Novartis, Panacea, Quintiles, Ranbaxy, Sanofi Aventis, Siro Clinpharm, TCS & more

Teaching Methodology

    • Classroom Lectures
    • Case studies analysis
    • Workshops for skill enhancement
    • Industrial Visits
    • Projects
    • Guest Lectures
    • Seminars / Conferences

Program Highlight

UGC recognized degree with PG Diploma in Clinical Research


This is a full time 2 Years course with lectures from Monday-Friday. The degree is provided by a UGC recognized University. Classes would be through lectures, presentations, class participation, case study discussions & industry visits.


Graduate or Postgraduate in Life Sciences / Microbiology / Biotechnology / Pharmacy / Medicine / Nursing / Physiotherapy / Dentistry / Homeopathy / Ayurvedic and Veterinary Science with min 50%

Admission Procedure

The admission process is fairly detailed & followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by ICRI.

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