Clinical Development Sciences


16 Months (Self Paced)

MBA Clinical Research Management

The MBA in Clinical Research program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts in clinical research and will provide an enhancement to your skills and knowledge, which are required to become a clinical research professional. The curriculum of this program is completely reviewed and approved by the clinical research industry, and this makes certain that students will receive all the needed knowledge to make their way into this industry. It also provides opportunities for specialists in the field to move forward in their careers.

Next Commencement Date

01 DEC


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Why study this program?


Rushford Switzerland offers one of the most comprehensive MBA programs in Clinical Research in collaboration with the School of Health Sciences at James Lind Institute. This program places emphasis on hands-on aspects of the management of clinical trials. Clinical research is a global phenomenon with almost all countries participating in clinical trials. Stakeholders in clinical trials range from academia, research institutions, industry, governments, patients and caregivers, payers, healthcare organizations and physicians to name a few.The regulatory agencies in most markets have been increasingly demanding more concrete safety and efficacy evidence in support of new drug approvals. With the development of more modern study designs and utilization of techniques such as adaptive study designs, modeling, and simulation, clinical trials are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Newer regulations and guidelines are being applied which necessitates that clinical research professionals stay current on these advances in knowledge and understanding of how to implement clinical trials.The MBA in Clinical Research program at Rushford is suited to aspirants as well as clinical research professionals of varying experience. Students who complete this program are expected to have advanced knowledge of all the fundamental concepts of clinical trial design and implementation, operational aspects of clinical trials, project management, financial aspects of clinical research, international regulatory affairs, and other aspects of clinical trial management. Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.


What will be taught?

Program Structure

MODULE 01: Managerial Economics
MODULE 02: Managerial Skills
MODULE 03: Accounting for Financial Reporting
MODULE 04: Accounting for Managerial Decisions
MODULE 05: Business Analytics
MODULE 06: Financial Management
MODULE 07: Operations Management: Productivity & Quality
MODULE 08: International Business Environment
MODULE 09: Leadership and Managing Human Capital
MODULE 10: Marketing Management
MODULE 11: Financial Statement Analysis
MODULE 12: Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law
MODULE 13: Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective)
MODULE 14: Sales Management (Elective)
MODULE 15: Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective)
MODULE 16: Organizational Behaviour (Elective)
MODULE 17: Business Communications (Elective)
MODULE 18: Business Law (Elective)
MODULE 19: Basic Concepts in Clinical Research
MODULE 20: Pharmaceutical Medicine & Clinical Trials
MODULE 21: Ethics in Clinical Research
MODULE 22: Responsibilities of Clinical Research Teams
MODULE 23: Documents in Clinical Trials
MODULE 24: Conduct of Clinical Trial
MODULE 25: Medical Device Development (Elective)
MODULE 26: Project Management in Clinical Trials (Elective)
MODULE 27: Business and Contracts in Clinical Research (Elective)
MODULE 28: Regulatory Affairs (Elective)
MODULE 29: Capstone Project



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How will I be assessed?


The Rushford Online MBA program in Clinical Research is comprised of a total of 27 courses and each course lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 2-4 ECTS credits. Students must complete 18 core courses, 5 out of the 9 Elective courses, and a capstone project to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Clinical Research award.


Am I eligible?


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.


Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline.

Qualifications Waiver:

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). Rushford generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. Please contact us at admissions@rushford.ch for exploring this pathway.

Proficiency in English:

Evidence of Proficiency in English

IELTS 6.0+ , OR

PTE 50+ , OR

TOEFL 550+, OR

Any other proficiency test taken in the last 2 years

English Proficiency Waiver:

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

Native English Speakers, OR;

Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB), OR;

Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country, OR;

2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work

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