WSQ Diploma in Clinical Research


Program Description

The WSQ Diploma in Clinical Research provides the trainees with an excellent basis to progress their studies.

About Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ)

The Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) is a national credentialing system. It trains, develops, assesses and recognizes individuals for the key competencies that companies look for in potential employees.

WSQ is based on national standards developed by WDA in collaboration with various industries comprising industry sectoral frameworks which serve to:

  • Professionalise the industry, particularly where recognition of Continuing Education and Training (CET) qualifications are lacking
  • Improve labor mobility allowing companies in growing industries to easily recruit workers with the necessary skills while improving opportunities for workers to enter these industries.

The WSQ system is designed to be a practical, accessible and affordable launching pad for individuals to take charge of their own careers and advancement. It is also a powerful business tool for employers to access and maintain a skilled workforce as it enhances their competitive edge and advancing their businesses.

Course Duration

For local students: 6 months. (Part-time)

(3-hour lesson/day, 1 day/week)

Course Structure

There are a total of 11 modules on WSQ Diploma in Clinical Research.

Course Learning Objectives

This Diploma focuses on the Practical aspects, Legislative/Regulatory components and theoretical underpinnings of the CRA (Clinical Research Associate) role and required the trainees to demonstrate that they are competent to:

  • Manage documentation in Clinical Research
  • Monitor progress in clinical trials
  • Apply the principles of pharmacology in clinical research
  • Manage lab related matters in clinical research
  • Apply ethical theories to trial design
  • Use of biostatistics in clinical research
  • Interpret product lifecycle and its influence on the clinical trials industry
  • Review of clinical development and drug development in clinical research
  • Apply good clinical practices in clinical research
  • Manage clinical research trials
  • Initiate a clinical trial

Delivery Mode

The Practice module is delivered face-to-face over alternate weeks and then one day for assessment. This Diploma also compromises online study and required to meet the minimum number of hours.

Course Commencement

Every Month.

Assessment Methodology

Assessments/Exams are conducted after every module.

Examinations, practicals, projects, assignments.

Graduation Requirements and Awards

To graduate, a student must complete and pass a total of 11 modules to be awarded the WSQ Diploma in Clinical Research.

Competency Assessment: Achievement of Statement of Attainment (SOA) after completion of every module.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical research associate
  • Research fellow

Entry Requirement

  • Bachelor or equivalent in Life Sciences or relevant fields.
  • If you do not possess a degree or equivalent, your application will be considered on an individual basis dependent upon sufficient relevant work experience.

English Requirement

  • At least a C6 at GCE O/A Level English or equivalent or Academic IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no element scores lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

Local students: S$12,000 (before GST)

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.

****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out of this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.


  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer
Last updated Sep 2018

About the School

CSM Academy International was established in April 2005. It offers Service Management related education programs that are enhanced through our linkages with several overseas Universities and Organizat ... Read More

CSM Academy International was established in April 2005. It offers Service Management related education programs that are enhanced through our linkages with several overseas Universities and Organizations that are renowned for their specialist courses in the service arena. We have also been awarded a 4 years EduTrust Singapore award in August 2017. Read less