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Effectively Applying Project Management to Clinical Studies

Blended Learning/Online Course: Learn essential skills to make your clinical trials a success through an easy, time-efficient online format

4-week online course | 8 Modules | 2 Live Interactive Sessions
1-26 May 2023
5-30 September 2023

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Group bookings discounts available – see pricing below


Key Learning Objectives

  • Identify and communicate the key roles and responsibilities needed through the clinical research project life-cycle
  • Examine the core competencies needed to successfully select your clinical research project team
  • Bring your projects in on time, within budget and to specification using a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identify the project critical path and use it to make informed decisions
  • Remedy key patient recruitment challenges
  • Work more effectively both individually and as part of a team

About the Course

Setting up and running clinical trials is a complex, timely and costly process. It is essential to manage your clinical projects with streamline efficiency to ensure they are completed within set timeframes and to budget. With this in mind, clinical professionals are increasingly looking for ways to improve the results of their clinical projects by implementing project management techniques.

Over 8 modules, this course will examine key management techniques such as analysing stakeholders, assessing risk/benefits and management style.

Who Will Benefit

All clinical research professionals with limited time for personal development will benefit from the flexible learning approach, including:

  • Clinical Research Associates
  • Clinical Project Managers
  • Assistant Project Managers
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Clinical Affairs Manager
  • Study Coordinator
  • Clinical Trial Officer
  • Clinical Study Coordinator
  • Clinical Operations Manager
  • Clinical trials monitor

Over 4 Weeks Students Will Learn Through

  • 8 modules, split up into multiple bitesize recorded videos
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Revisit the content with unlimited access to all the materials for 2 months
  • Access the discussion forum to interact with other students
  • Direct contact with the trainer through the forum during the 4 weeks the course is running
  • Additional content such as materials and white papers available to download


Ian Stokes

Project Management Practitioner

Modular In-house Training

We offer the opportunity to run these programs privately in-house to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Modules can be released on dates that suit your working week
  • Interactive Live Trainer sessions can be scheduled on dates that suit your colleagues
  • We can brand our learning management platform to your company
  • Sensitive or specific information can be shared on the learning management platform for discussion
  • Receive detailed feedback reports & data to guide future development needs of colleagues
  • More cost-effective for 6+ attendees

Contact one of our Training Consultants at for more information.


60 second interview with Ian Stokes on exploring the challenging aspects of managing clinical trials

  • What are some of the current trends in the clinical research industry and how do you see the industry changing in the future?
  • Why is it important to effectively manage clinical research?
  • In your experience, what would you say are the most challenging aspects of managing a clinical trial?
  • How does your course ‘Effectively Applying Project Management to Clinical Studies’ prepare delegates for managing clinical trials?
  • What are your top three tips to effectively manage
    clinical research?


Read the Interview

Alumni Testimonial

“The course structure and format were amazing! Fantastic work Ian!”
Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Benefits of Learning Online

Informa Corporate Learning’s online courses are new digital, interactive and engaging educational experience designed to maximise learning for professionals with busy schedules and/or small training budgets.

Our online courses are perfect opportunity for busy professionals as they require just 2 hours per week of your time and include an interactive forum for you to ask direct questions about challenges you are facing to expert course leaders.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, so you can pace yourself alongside your peers and you will have access to a comprehensive set of assets to support your learning such as video content, quizzes and case studies.

Course Outline

Each module contains approximately 1 hour of content

Module 1:
Review the Nature of a Project and Project Management in Clinical Research

  • Project management principles
  • Clinical project management challenges
  • Portfolio and programme management,
  • Drug development timeline
  • Project life cycle
  • Clinical project management roles and responsibilities

Module 2:
Defining a Mission for the Project and Performing an Analysis of Stakeholders, Risks and Benefits

  • Clinical project management documentation:
    • Project charter
    • Project plan
    • Trial master plan
  • Clinical protocol
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Project outcomes
  • Benefits and risks
  • Business cases

Module 3:
Structure and Organise a Clinical Research Project and/or a Clinical Study

  • Project needs
  • Objectives and requirements
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Responsibility matrix

Module 4:
Planning an Estimation of Time and Cost (Schedule and Budget)

  • Art (participative method) and science (techniques) of estimating effort and durations
  • Planning work packages and activities from the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Defining dependencies, milestones and deadlines
  • Calculating the critical path
  • Probabilistic analysis and critical chain

Module 5:
Setting Up a Project Baseline

  • Risk management
  • Decision making
  • Setting up the project baseline (scope, time, cost)
  • Managing the project baseline

Module 6:
Managing Suppliers (Contract Resource and Site Management Organisations)

  • Appropriate contracting arrangements between clients and suppliers
  • Trust-based approaches for setting up a good working relationship
  • Patient recruitments challenges,, remedies and good practices

Module 7:
Skills and Methods to Improve and Speed Up Your Projects

  • Teamwork
  • Project communication
  • Conflict management
  • Motivation
  • Time management

Module 8:
Closing Out the Project, Learning from Failures and Building from Successes

  • Project progress
  • Project results management
  • Project close-Out
  • Learning and improvement processes


Live Interactive sessions

1-26 May 2023
11th May – 5pm AEST (7am GMT)
25th May – 5pm AEST (7am GMT)

5-30 September 2023
14th September – 5pm AEST (7am GMT)
28th September – 5pm AEST (7am GMT)

when & where

01 May 2023

Online Course

05 Sep 2023

Online Course

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


Still have a question?

Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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