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 teaching modules. Each module comprises an online course 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 internships (work-shadowings) at a host site within the field of clinical research have 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.

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

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, Clinical Trial Unit
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.

Grants are available for members of research groups at the Department of Clinical Research at the University of Basel. If applicable, please provide the name of your research group leader in the application form to be considered for a grant. Please inform us about any change of employment after course registration and/or during the course.

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.

Kurs beginnt am:
Mittwoch, 05.02.2020
  • Clinical Trial Unit, University Hospital Basel
  • Medical Faculty of the University of Basel

Classroom training dates

  • Basics of clinical research: February 5-6, 2020
  • Clinical study planning: June 2-4, 2020
  • Clinical study conduct: September 2-3, 2020

Online courses will be available approximately one month prior the resprective 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.

For current information on the program, please visit the course website.


University Hospital Basel Schanzenstrasse 55, 4031 Basel

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