This course is targeted towards candidates interested in joining the clinical research industry as Clinical Research Assistants / Associates (CRAs).

Curriculum: The curriculum is focused on providing basic and practical knowledge on clinical research & the regulations governing it, coupled with exposure to case studies and good communication & organizational skills required to conduct clinical research in India and is sub-divided into 6 modules:

Module 1: Clinical Research Guidelines and Regulations (11 credits)
Module 2: Clinical Trial Planning and Design (9 credits)
Module 3: Clinical Trial Conduct, Compliance and Quality Assurance (9 credits)
Module 4: Pharmacovigilance (4 credits)
Module 5: Data Analysis & Management in Clinical Research (10 credits)
Module 6: Clinical Research Management (5 credits)

Structure & evaluation:

The course will be taught via lectures, discussions, group assignments, case studies, workshops and field visits conducted by prominent industry professionals. These include national and international faculty with 5-10 years of hands-on clinical research industry experience, who currently work in senior positions in multinational pharmaceuticals or contract research organizations.

The course will be conducted in the St. Xavier's College campus and will comprise of coursework of 4 hours on Saturdays (2pm – 6pm) and 6 hours on Sundays (9am – 3pm) for 24 weeks.  During the course, students are expected to complete 10 hours of assignments every week.

The course content has been designed to cover the requirements of a Diploma such that a minimum of 120 credits (1 credit = 10 contact hours) has to be completed by each student:

o  24 weekend lectures (Saturday- 4 hrs, Sunday-6 hrs): 24 credits

o Home assignments and assessments (10 hrs per week): 24 credits over 24 weeks

o 4-month industry internship program or dissertation project: 64 credits

All students from each batch will be recommended for internship positions to the clinical research industry for a period of 4 months or assisted with job placements. Evaluations and grading will be made based on objective and subjective written tests at the end of each module and the final presentation made by every students, judged for its content & delivery.

Course eligibility:

·   Students with a minimum of bachelor's degree in any biological sciences will be eligible to apply for the course, however, students with a master’s degree will be given preference.

·  A maximum of 30 students will be selected for each batch, based on their academic background and a screening interview.

Course Fees:

 ·  Total: Rs. 1,10000- consolidated (This includes tuition fees, course materials & handouts, refreshments during lectures, videoconferencing, as applicable, and lecture room facilities)

How to apply:

Candidates may apply by filling in the prescribed form available on the web site or at the treasurers office, and submitting it to the Treasurer, St. Xavier's College, along with the required documents and payment of an application fee of Rs. 300/-.

The selection of students will be based on a screening test and interview.  Selected candidates would be informed by email and would have to pay the above fee, in cash or by demand Draft in the name of The Bombay St. Xavier’s College Society, at the time of admission, to the Treasurer, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai 400 001. The fee may be paid in 2 installments of Rs. 50,000/- at the time of admission and the balance in the month of  September .

Lectures will commence from  August 2016.

Application process starts May 2016 

Contact details: Click here for the St Xavier's Clinical Research website and admission form download.

For questions, please send an email to

Dr Rahul Sohoni, Course Manager

rahul.sohoni@ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone contacts:

Dr. Rahul Sohoni: +91 9820736757

Website – www.xavcr.com




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