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Integrated MSc & PhD in Clinical Research PDF Print


Any research that impacts the care and well-being of human population come under the domain of clinical research. Clinical research in a broader sense involves epidemiologic studies, clinical trials, translational research, patient-oriented research, behavioral science and, health service research. High quality data and reliable results are key to generate evidence for decision making and to provide impetus for improving patient care. To produce such data, a systematic and multidisciplinary approach is required involving a range of disciplines like basic sciences, biotechnology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, statistics, and public health and behavioral sciences.

Program Contents

The multi-disciplinary curriculum will be covered under the core & elective courses (modules). The core modules include: Basic Epidemiology, Basic Bio-statistics, Clinical Trials-Design and Analysis, Conduct and Operational Issues in Clinical Trials, Bioethics and Regulatory Affairs, Systematic Reviews, Proposal Development and Medical Writing, Data Management, Drug Development, Pharmacovigilance and Project Management. Under elective courses we offer various areas that will fall under Research Methods, Statistics and Laboratory Sciences. To know more about the course (module) information of this program, visit the website: www.phfi.org

Following are the core competencies acquired by the candidates at the end of the Master's program:

  • Reviewing existing evidence in literature
  • Developing a grant application in bio‐medical research
  • Managing ethics and regulatory approvals of protocols
  • Managing a research project
  • Managing research data
  • Planning and executing statistical analysis
  • Communicating research results to a scientific community


Program Administration And Language

This on‐campus, full‐time program is being offered from the Indian Institute of Public Health‐Delhi (IIPH‐D), Public Health Foundation of India (www.phfi.org). The main language of instruction would be English.

Selection Process

All candidates should submit the applicaon form for the Integrated MSc & PhD program in the prescribed format, which can be downloaded from PHFI website (). The application consists of registration form, proof of academic credentials, work experience, contact details of 2 referees (academic and/ or professional) and a statement of purpose. The applications will be short-listed based on their academic qualifications, relevant experience and statement of purpose. This will be followed by an interview. The selection of candidates will be executed by a specially consituted screening committee represented by PHFI and AcSIR.

Program Structure

Masters in Clinical Research

The MSc program in Clinical Research is an intensive 2 year, full time program focusing on the scientific, ethical and operational issues related to clinical research. Four semesters will be completed in 24 months. First three semesters include class room based, face to face teaching, tutorials and practical. The final semester includes 6 months of internship and project work (dissertation). The student needs to complete 11 compulsory core courses (modules), 4 elective courses (modules) in 18 months and submit the project report along with the internship completion certificate to be awarded the MSc degree.

Degree Awarding And Registering Body

Public Health Foundation of India(PHFI) in collaboration with Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) brings you this unique opportunity to further your career in the area of clinical research, through the Integrated MSc & PhD program.

The MSc & PhD (in clinical research) programme is jointly conducted by PHFI and AcSIR and the degrees will be awarded by Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR). For more information visit http://acsir.res.in

Program Fees

The fee structure for MSc (Clinical Research) program for the candidates admitted in the year 2018-19 will be as follows:

For Indian and South Asian Nationals

  • Tuition Fee: The annual tuition fee for the students admitted in academic year 2018-19 is INR 1.80 Lakhs per student per academic year (The total tuition fee for the two year program is Rs. 3,60,000/- which includes Rs. 10,000/- admission fees and Rs. 10,000/- examination fees)

For International Candidates

Tuition Fee: The annual tuition fee for the students admitted in academic year 2018-19 is USD 5,500 per student per academic year.

Scholarship: Limited number of scholarships for MSc may be awarded for the deserving and meritorious candidates, subject to availability of funds.


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Teaching Training & Methodology

The course utilizes a variety of teaching / learning techniques, which includes lectures, group discussions, student presentations, hands on practice in statistical softwares, basic sciences laboratory, workshops and field visits. During the project work and internship the students will get an opportunity to engage in research related activities that could be based in a community, hospital or a laboratory.


Last Modified : February 19, 2018, 8:12 pm