CAS Clinical Research I (Clinical Trial Planning and Conduct)
Certificate of Advanced Studies

The goal of this program is to impart information and skills necessary to successfully start or enhance a new career as a clinical research professional. The program provides a profound background on the development of new therapies with a focus on drug development, covers key ethical aspects of conducting research involving human participants, teaches the regulatory and legal requirements of performing clinical studies and finally thoroughly explains the planning and performance competences of conducting clinical trials.

This continuing education program has been designed to meet the needs of young clinical research professionals from industry and academia (study nurses, study coordinators, study physicians, clinical trial/research associates, clinical monitors), as well as for new members of ethics committees. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for graduates from life sciences and medical schools to gain a comprehensive understanding of the phases of clinical research and the practical aspects of clinical trial planning and conduct.

Students who are interested in a broader training on operational aspects of clinical trials including management and leadership skills may be interested in complementing their knowledge through an additional CAS Clinical Research II (Advanced Clinical Trial Management). After successful completion of both the CAS Clinical Research I and the CAS Clinical Research II, it is possible to receive the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) Clinical Trial Practice and Management by composition of a diploma thesis and passing a final oral examination.

This program consists of 3 modules. Each module comprises an online training for self-study and individual completion and a classroom training (2-3 days with practical exercises and group discussions).

Acquired competencies will be checked by multiple-choice tests and homework assignments. To gain insights into the daily work life in a clinical research profession, a one-week internship (work-shadowing) at a host site within the field of clinical research has to be completed. The host’s main field of activity should be different from the student’s main expertise. It is the responsibility of the student to find a suitable host for the internship.

People working in any area of clinical research either in academia or in industry (study nurses, study coordinators, clinical research associates, study physicians, assistant physicians, etc.)

This program has been specifically developed for

  • Candidates with a science or medical degree (minimum Bachelor's degree)
  • Candidates without a university degree but with a professional qualification ("abgeschlossene Berufsausbildung" or similar) and at least two years of practical work experience in clinical research (based on "sur-dossier" decisions)

Very good command of oral and written English is a pre-requisite for admission to the program.

  • PhD Marie Mi Bonde Hansen, Studiengangleitung
  • Dr Daniel Hammes, Studiengangleitung

The multidisciplinary teaching faculty consists of national and international experts in clinical research ethics, regulatory sciences and the different fields of operational clinical research.

Marie Mi Bonde Hansen, PhD University of Basel, Department of Clinical Research
c/o University Hospital Basel
Schanzenstrasse 55
CH-4031 Basel
Tel. +41 61 328 51 47

CHF 6’000

Fees include course materials, provisions during coffee/tea breaks and overhead fees. The course fee will be collected in two equal tranches approximately 6 months apart.

The Department of Clinical Research (DKF) offers training grants of CHF 1’000 for members of the DKF clinical research groups. A list of DKF clinical research groups can be found here. Applications for training grants can be submitted when registering for the program.

Cancellation and withdrawal Cancellations made prior to the closing date for enrolment will not be subject to any charge. If a cancellation is made after the closing date for enrolment, the full applicable fee will be charged. Course fees already paid will not be refunded. Should participants withdraw from the program or discontinue participation, no discount from the course fee will be granted and any share of the course fee will not be refunded.

Course starts on:
Wednesday, 05.02.2020

Medical Faculty of the University of Basel

Classroom training dates

  • Basics of Clinical Research: February 5-6, 2020
  • Clinical Study Planning: Update! Due to the current situation, this classroom training will be replaced by online training sessions plus a classroom training day on September 1, 2020. Detailed information will be provided directly to course participants.
  • Clinical Study Conduct: September 2-3, 2020

Online training sessions will be available approximately one month prior the respective classroom training.

Course certificates will be issued after successful completion of the module tests, submission of all homework assignments and submission of the work-shadowing report.
Credit points: 11 ECTS

Course language
Course materials, language of instruction and module tests are in English. Homework and reports may be submitted in English or German.

The 2020 course cycle is fully booked and applications are no longer accepted.
To be informed when registration for the 2021 course cycle opens, please register here.


University Hospital Basel Schanzenstrasse 55, 4031 Basel

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