The Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) and a large variety of university departments with a known track-record in clinical and translational research at Erasmus MC have developed a Research Master program in Clinical Research.
This research master is directed at providing students with the skills essential to patient-oriented clinical research. Compared to other training programs in clinical research, the Erasmus MC Research Master has a strong focus on epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis, to meet the changing needs of the current health care field, particularly the increasing need for trained professionals with well-developed quantitative and analytic skills. We are able to do so by building on a long and excellent tradition at Erasmus MC of clinical epidemiology, making using of our large population cohorts and a strong focus of our clinician-researchers to embrace epidemiological research methods, not only to understand the etiology of disease but also to prove the effectiveness of treatment.
Students in the Clinical Research Master program are in large part clinical investigators with an MD degree (or are in training for this) or a degree in biomedical sciences. The Research Master uses an interdisciplinary blend of biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trial design, medical informatics, and health services research, to prepare the students for a career in patient-oriented and translational research, as well as more traditional clinical investigation.
Research opportunities are offered in a range of fields such as endocrinology, cardiovascular research, various subfields in oncology, neurology, pediatrics, obstetrics, urology, transplantation medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, surgical research, and musculoskeletal science. Completion of the Clinical Research Master offers an excellent base to continue with a Ph.D. project, for which there are ample opportunities at Erasmus MC as well.
If you are a medical student at Erasmus MC, you may apply for this Research Master program, when you receive an invitation from the Dean, or when you feel you qualify for participation in this program. The Research Master program is accustomed to your Bachelor and Master in Medicine.
For more information about this program, you can download the study guide - see button above. The Master of Science in Clinical Research program comprises 120 EC points credits and is NVAO accredited.
For more information, visit the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) at www.nvao.net.
Students should acquire the following competencies:
- Ability to formulate a clinical problem and translate it into a scientific question.
- Ability to perform an extensive study of the literature concerning a clinical problem.
- Ability to translate a scientific question into a research protocol.
- Acquisition of sufficient knowledge of existing methods of clinical scientific research, biostatistical analytical methods, laws, regulations, and ethics and the abilities to use such knowledge in a research protocol.
- Ability to conduct the research, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions.
- Ability to write a Master’s thesis, including the objective(s) of the investigation, a summary of the literature, materials, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions of the research project and to present these findings at scientific meetings. Publication of the research findings in an international peer-reviewed journal is encouraged.
- Ability to assess and be critical on research.
The degree prepares you for an international career in clinical research, or for an executive or advisory position in public health, clinical medicine, drug research or health-policy development.
Are you eligible?
You should fit each of the following criteria:
- You have a Bachelors degree from a school of medicine or biomedical sciences or a broad Bachelor’s education with sufficient basic subjects in medicine and/or biomedical sciences and/or medical biology.
- You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.
- If you are a medical student at Erasmus MC, you may apply for this Research Master program, when you receive an invitation from the Dean, or when you feel you qualify for participation in this program.