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All about M.Sc Clinical Research


All about M.Sc Clinical Research

Last updated: 13 Jul 2020

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Few Lines about Clinical Research

Clinical Research refers to all research carried out on humans (healthy and sick people). It focuses on improving knowledge of diseases, developing diagnostic methods and new treatments or medical devices to ensure better patient care. It is very framed and respects a precise study protocol and is only realised under certain conditions such as:

  • It must have a goal of increasing medical knowledge
  • Be carried out by competent persons
  • Take all necessary measures to protect those who lend themselves to research
  • Take all necessary measures to protect those who lend themselves to research
  • Obtain regulatory approvals and take all the necessary legal and ethical steps
  • Collect the consent of those involved in research

Few Lines about M.Sc Clinical Research

M.Sc in Clinical Research is a 2-year post graduate course in medicine that is divided into 4- semesters. The course is an 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. The course aims to train the students on various researches and experiments that are conducted in clinics particularly with living organisms. The major components of course are:

  • Organic activities performed in the clinic
  • Study of drugs and medicine management
  • Manufacture of medicine and drugs
  • Determination of appropriate quantity of drugs for the body and their impact on it
  • Study of related disciplines such as Epidemiology, Transplantation, etc
  • An advanced study of the subspecialties of research design data management epidemiology and biostatistics

Eligibility for M.Sc Clinical Research

The students with graduation in life science background such as B.Sc Life Science, B.Tech/BE Biotechnology, B.Sc Forensic Science, Medical Science (BDS, MBBS, BAMS, BHMS), paramedical courses (B.Sc Nursing, B.Pharma) with 50% aggregate marks from recognised university are eligible to apply for M.Sc Clinical Research course.

Admission Procedure

The undergraduate students from relevant specialisations can take admission to M.Sc Clinical Research course by two modes. They are (1) Merit Admission (2) Direct Admission.

Let’s discuss them in detail

1. Merit Admission

There are many top colleges and universities that conduct entrance exams for M.Sc Clinical Research courses for a limited number of merit seats, such mode is called merit admission. The students have to qualify these institution-based entrance exams to get admission to these merit seats. The main aim of conducting entrance exams is to filter out the serious and hardworking candidates from non-serious students. The fees for merit seats is fairly nominal.

2. Direct Admission

Another mode of admission is called direct admission. Under this mode the students are given direct admission under management quota without any entrance exams. The students under direct admission are exempted from appearing for any institution-based entrance exam to get admission to M.Sc Clinical Research course. The other benefit under this mode is that the students can choose their desired colleges and get confirmed admissions even before the starting of the academic year. The students interested in direct admission can contact the Galaxy Educational Services for more details.

Course Curriculum for M.Sc Clinical Research

The students of M.Sc Clinical Research will be studying the following subjects during their course duration

Sl. No. Subjects of Study
1 Fundamentals of Clinical Operations
2 Clinical Data Management
3 Statistics for Clinical Research
4 Basics of Pharmacy, Drug Discovery & Development
5 IPR and Data Exclusivity, Bioethics in Clinical Research
6 Pre-Clinical Studies
7 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
8 Basics of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
9 Regulatory Affairs
10 Human Biology
11 Special Regulatory Processes
12 Pharmacogenomics
13 Project Management & Business Development
14 Audit & Inspections
15 Pharmacovigilance & Safety Monitoring
16 Reporting & Medical Writing
17 Microbiology

Career and Scope for M.Sc Clinical Research

M.Sc Clinical research provides job opportunities in both public and private sectors. The M.Sc Clinical Research students can join at various job roles such as project coordinators, trial coordinators, lab technicians, senior researchers, research assistants, etc. If they are interested in research they can join a PhD programme and take up research in the clinical research field. If they are interested in in-depth knowledge about the subject then they can join the M.Phil programme. They can join as assistant professors and lecturers in colleges and universities.

Job Roles

Some of the important job roles for M.Sc Clinical Research students are:

  • Clinical Research-Programmer
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Project Manager
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Analyser
  • Biostatistician

Salary and Emoluments

The fresh M.Sc Clinical Research students will get a decent pay scale of about 4 lakhs to 8 lakhs per annum. While the experienced professionals will be earning around 6 lakhs to 10 lakhs per annum. The salaries depend upon the location and the recruiter.

Companies hiring M.Sc Clinical Research students

Some of the important companies hiring M.Sc Clinical Research students are:

  • Himalaya Drug Company
  • Cipla
  • Glenmark
  • Glaxco Smith
  • Dr. Reddy’s Labs
  • Cadila
  • Cavin Care
  • Abbot
  • Amway

Final Lines

With the increase in the number of diseases in humans, many pharmaceutical companies are developing more and more medicine and drugs day by day against such life threatening diseases. The demand is ever increasing for the new drugs and treatments from the medical field that are more effective and cost effective. To meet increasing demands, the pharmaceutical companies are forced to conduct extensive and regular trials for determining the efficacy of the new drugs that are being developed by them. So, skilled professionals are required to carry out these trails successfully, here the M.Sc Clinical Research students come in the picture. These organisations hire M.Sc Clinical Research students in large numbers for meeting their clinical trials demands.

The extensive demand for the Clinical Research professionals has created a lot of scope and room for emergence of new job profiles in the field. The students who feel that they are interested in clinical research job profiles can join the M.Sc Clinical Research course to earn good salaries and better career growth.

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