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Who can opt for the courses in Clinical Research?

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Avadhut Desai
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In the past years, there seems a high rise in clinical research Industry all over the world. If we have a look at the ICRI records, in the upcoming years there may be the rise of nearly US$ 430 billion in the global pharmaceutical market and the cost of research and development might reach up to US$65 billion annually. These records show that there might be a wide scope for employment in the clinical research industry.Clinical Research is all about a systemic study for all the drugs or medicines which need to be discovered, tested and verified prior to coming in the market for medicinal use. The aim is to determine the safety and efficacy of the medicines, devices, diagnostic products, and treatment equipment intended for human use. One can opt for the various diploma, postgraduate and doctoral courses in clinical research. The eligibility criteria depend upon the level of course, which is discussed as follows:

Global opportunities in Clinical Research:

The clinical trials market worldwide is worth over USD 26 billion and the industry has employed an estimated 2,10,000 people in the US & over 70,000 in the UK, and that form one-third of the total research and development staff. There are more than 2,50,000 positions vacant globally & salaries vary in the region of approximately USD 40,000 per annum for a Clinical Research Coordinator. A career in Clinical Research offers excellent job opportunities in USA, Europe, Singapore & India.

Career prospects for the students from ICRI are high in the segment

ICRI is one of the best institutes which provide quality learning in Clinical Research. It offers job placements to their students along with campus facilities in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

  • All programs are fully residential.
  • University is spread over 45 acres of lush green land located very near to the Bengaluru International Airport & 52 acres in Delhi.
  • The infrastructural pride of the University is its Library The Library block holds an Information Centre with about 150 computers
  • University promotes celebration of several festivals and sports and cultural activities that encourage young minds to engage in an all round development
  • Classrooms are IT enabled
  • The Amphitheatre and the Open Air Theatre facilitate smooth conduct of all University-wide group events.
  • Hostel campuses in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore are genuinely a home away from home. Providing a comfortable and safe environment to its students is the University’s top most priority.

ICRI has associated its name with over 2500+ different industry partners in various hospital and research related fields all over the world. ICRI’ians are preferred by the industry and their students get a placement with big brands. Students may also get the luminous package in their job field depending upon their skills 4 to 7 lacs at initial levels & within 5 years its  10 to 12 lacs pa. For more info refer ICRI Website.


For Post graduation or advanced diploma in clinical research:

One can opt for various post graduation diploma courses in clinical research such as MBA, M.Pharm. (Master in Pharmacy) and M.Sc. The students who belong to any of the below fields can enter into clinical research field.


  • MBBS/ BDS/ BAMS/ BHMS/ B.V.Sc/ DNB/ DM/ BPT/ MPT/ BMLT/ BDS/ MD/MDS and more. Aspirants who have graduate/ post-graduate degree in medical and allied fields like dentistry, homeopathy, naturopathy, Ayurveda and veterinary science and pharmacy can opt for an advanced program in clinical research.


  • Pharma Candidates who acquired degrees such as B.Pharm/ M.Pharm/ Pharm.D can also apply for this program.


  • Sc./ B.Sc (Life Sciences)- After completing these graduate and Post-graduate programs in the fields such as Biological sciences (having subjects such as microbiology, biotechnology, botany, zoology), nursing, Genetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and social sciences with practical experience in clinical research or Paramedical Science.


  • Students who completed Graduation or post graduation in subjects like chemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics, bioinformatics can choose this field.


  • Engineering Graduates can also opt for this course having bachelor's or master's degree such as E, B.Tech, M.Tech in Biotech.


  • Students who studied in Pharmaceutics and pharmacology subjects and have work experience in various health or pharmaceutical sectors can also opt this course.


  • Candidates who are recently working in clinical research and related operations such as Members of institutional ethics committees, faculty members and scientists in medical colleges/ institutions and officials can also follow up in Clinical Research Advance program.


For Doctorate courses:

If one is interested in research based lucrative career and is keen to go deep in the ocean of clinical research, then after completing, post-graduate courses such as M.Sc. Clinical Research or MBA in Clinical Research or M.Pharm Courses, one can have the best option to go for a Ph.D. program and can join the clinical research industry.


For Pharmacovigilance:

lIf one wants to pursue career in pharmacovigilance, candidates having academic qualifications such as graduate or post graduate in  Bioscience/Life Sciences/ Chemistry/ Pharmaceutical Sciences / Medicine can apply for this course. One should have their prior qualifications in the subjects such as Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics and Biotech.


Selection Criteria:

For various diploma or degree programs, a selection is based on merit. One will be eligible only if he has minimum 50% marks in aggregate in the related subjects of the field. Admissions will be granted on the basis of written or entrance exam and personal interview. Some institutes grant admissions through CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) process. Working professionals or practicing doctors can also enter into this field for having bright career options to reach an edge of success.


Top institutes in clinical research:

Here is a wide list of the institutes in India which offers various clinical research programs to provide holistic learning in this field. The top institutes in clinical research includes

  • Indian Institute of Clinical Research (ICRI) at Jaipur, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi,
  • Sikkim Manipal University,
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad and much more.


Skills Required:

Clinical research is a field which requires practical knowledge to get involved in all the phases of clinical trials. One can have the job responsibilities such as devotion, dedication, determination, integrity, thoroughness, creativity, and analytical thinking. One should have a good command on the English language including reading, writing, active listening, comprehension skills, coordinate and communicate with other people. One should also have the knowledge of technical aspects of the field such as the keen eye for details to diagnose and treat all the illnesses efficiently. Candidates who are flexible in their work and capable of working as a team are preferable in clinical research industry to work as a professional.

Candidates who want to carve a niche in clinical research can opt for the Professional Diploma in Clinical Research (PDCR®). It is a skill development program which focuses on Drug development and clinical trial processes, Good Clinical Practices (GCP) guidelines and Drug regulatory affairs.

Major sectors of clinical research:

Clinical research is a field in which one can get various job options to kickstart his career. One can get the job at entry level positions, managerial positions, associates, medical writers, research scientists and more depending upon his academic qualification, skills, and experience. One can get employed in the following fields:

  • CRO(Contract Research Organizations)
  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Biotechnology
  • PRO (Patient Recruitment Organizations)
  • Clinical data management
  • Medical writing
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Central lab
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Logistics and courier services
  • Research sites
  • Auditing of clinical trials
  • Government Agencies
  • IT Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Site Management Organization
  • Wellness Organization etc.

In India, Clinical research has global standards of infrastructure which result in opening various doors for aspirants in the list of numerous clinical research players. One can either work in a pharma company or be an entrepreneur to take initiatives in support of drug development. There will be a rise in demand for professionals in clinical research industry in the upcoming years. It will surely lead gen-y towards acme of success.

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