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March 31, 2024

Research Careers for MSMS Graduates

Are you passionate about advancing healthcare through research and discovery? A Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) from a Tiber Health University Partner could be your pathway to a fulfilling career in clinical research. This versatile degree can equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in various roles within the medical research landscape, as well as the skills you need to apply to medical or health professional schools.

After graduation from one of our online or on-campus programs, you’ll be prepared to support doctors and scientists as they investigate treatments and practices that can lead to better patient care. Plus, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady job opening growth for roles in medical and clinical research. For example, job openings for clinical research coordinators are projected to grow by 6,500 jobs per year from 2022–2032.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)

Clinical research coordinators work under the supervision of a principal investigator (PI—a doctoral-qualified scientist) to manage the administrative and logistical aspects of clinical trials. As a CRC, your responsibilities may include:

  • Patient recruitment
  • Obtaining informed consent
  • Data collection
  • Monitoring regulatory compliance

With your MSMS background, you'll be well-equipped to liaise between investigators, sponsors, and regulatory authorities, ensuring that trials are conducted ethically and efficiently. After gaining experience in this role, you can potentially move on to management-level roles overseeing other CRCs.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Clinical research associates work under the CRC. Their role focuses on monitoring and maintaining adherence to protocols, regulatory requirements, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines. The knowledge you gain during your MSMS can equip you for this role by helping you understand how to review study protocols, analyze data, and identify potential risks or deviations from compliance standards.

As a CRA, your duties may also include training site staff and maintaining trial documentation.

Medical Writer

Love to write? Your MSMS can help you prepare to occupy an interesting niche as a medical writer. As a medical writer, you’ll have the opportunity to communicate complex scientific information to diverse audiences. Whether drafting regulatory documents, manuscripts, or educational materials, your MSMS background can help provide you with the scientific expertise necessary to convey information accurately and effectively.

Medical writers often work in pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations (CROs), for medical journals or periodicals, or as freelance consultants.

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Regulatory affairs specialists help medical products manufacturers navigate the complex landscape of regulatory requirements governing how they develop and market what they sell. They collaborate with research teams, legal departments, senior management, and other stakeholders.

Your MSMS training will provide you with a solid foundation in scientific principles, enabling you to compile and submit regulatory documents, respond to inquiries from regulatory agencies, and ensure compliance with evolving regulatory standards.

Pharmaceutical/Biotech Industry Scientist

Within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, there are numerous opportunities for MSMS graduates to contribute to drug discovery, development, and evaluation. Whether working in drug safety, pharmacovigilance, or medical affairs, your expertise in medical sciences will be invaluable in assessing the safety, efficacy, and therapeutic potential of new drugs and biologics.

Get Ready to Contribute to New Research

Whether you're passionate about contributing to improvements in patient care, drug development, or scientific communication, an MSMS from a Tiber Health partner university can provide you with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to make a meaningful impact in the field of healthcare. Find the right program for you today!

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