Clinical research students in class

Clinical Research & Product Development (MS)

The UNCW Clinical Research Program offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research and Product Development.  This is not a laboratory-based degree.  The Program provides a didactic and rigorous curriculum that prepares graduates for mid-to upper-level roles in the biopharmaceutical clinical research industry. 

Graduates work in biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, clinical research investigator sites, academic medical centers, government agencies, niche service providers, and other associated organizations in research teams. Clinical researchers conduct clinical trials necessary to move new drugs, biologics, and biomedical devices through the regulatory process to reach regulatory approval and post-marketing studies required for drug safety and used for label/market expansion. 

An understanding of the four phases of clinical research involving human subjects is fundamental to all coursework.  The importance of laws, regulations, guidance, and Good Clinical Practice is emphasized throughout the curriculum.  Business aspects of the industry, particularly project management and market competition, are also covered.