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MBA Clinical Research Management im Fernstudium

EXPAND your expertise while working

In collaboration with PAREXEL International IUBH now offers a brand new MBA programme “Clinical Research Management”. This 6 semester long professional certification uses blended and onsite learning with industry experts from PAREXEL International.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research Management provides in-depth knowledge and insights about the clinical research industry, from drug discovery to regulatory  requirements and data management.

Our programme blends theory with practice, and uses authentic case studies to ensure effective learning and immediate application in the workplace. Graduates are qualified for pharmaceutical and medical research service management.


At a glance

Master of Business Administration
Length of study
Length of study
6 semesters, part-time studies
Study Model
Study Model
Online and on campus (15 days at PAREXEL in Berlin)
Study fee
Study fee
from 439 Euro / month
possible any time
Venue on campus
Venue on campus
PAREXEL International GmbH, Am Bahnhof Westend 15, 14059 Berlin
Certificate, Diploma supplement


Your study advisor

For further information contact your personal study advisor Mr. Dieter Kunz. He will answer all your questions regarding the study programme, your career prospects and help you with your application:

Dieter Kunz
Email: master@iubh-fernstudium.de
Phone: +49-8651-90234-68


curriculum overview

Clinical Research Managers organise, coordinate and conduct clinical research studies, and establish and maintain contact with external customers, committees and supervisory agencies. This is an economically
significant market in a demanding regulatory environment that needs experts with pharmaceutical backgrounds and various micro and macro-economic competences.

Your degree programme will focus on relevant aspects of management. It has 17 modules with both compulsory and elective subjects. The compulsory subjects cover management qualifications that focus on the regulatory environment, ethical questions, and the processes of organising, documenting and conducting clinical studies. For the elective subjects, students can chose specialisations that cover change management, negotiation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students complete their degree with a master thesis in the form of a project that applies acquired knowledge to a concrete problem and uses scientific methods. The results are then presented and defended.


Module ECTS
Leadership 5
Managerial Economics 5
Project Management 5
Drug Development 5
Corporate Finance 5
International Marketing 5


Module ECTS
Strategic Management 5
Performance Measurement 5
Conducting Clinical Trials 5
Clinical Data Management 5
Statistical Thinking for Clinical Trials 5
Medical Writing 5


Module ECTS
Elective (one of: Change Management; Negotiation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship 5
Managing in a Global Economy 5
Capstone Project 20


your programme director

Dr. Thomas Neunert, Programme Director MBA Clinical Research Management

How quickly does a test person respond to a new brain cancer treatment drug? How do I manage an international drug study? How do I best present research results and statistics? Our MBA degree programme offers professionals a solid specialised further education in the field of clinical research. Theoretical knowledge is supplemented with the practical expertise of our partner PAREXEL, a global biopharmaceutical services organisation with offices in more than 50 countries around the world.


who is this programme for

  • Future senior managers for pharmaceutical and medical research service management
  • Biologists and other scientists in general who want to specialize in this area and take over a leadership role
  • Professionals in the pharmaceutical or medical industry seeking to deepen their knowledge of pharmaceutical and medical research service management


our cooperation partner: parexel international

PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of expertise-based contract research, consulting, medical communications, and technology solutions and services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. PAREXEL Informatics provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process.


application requirements

  • Option 1: Bachelor degree with 180 ECTS PLUS two years of relevant professional experience by the end of the programme.
  • Option 2: Bachelor degree with 210 ECTS.


  • Undergraduate degree in natural sciences is recommended.
  • One year of relevant professional experience is required for starting the programme.
  • Applicants must have Level B2 English skills. Non-native speakers must submit an official TOEFL ibT (min. 80 Points), IELTS score (min. level 6) or Duolingo Englisch Test (min. 60%)