Clinical Research (M.Sc.)

out-of-the-box-thinking and multidisciplinary collaboration


  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Program start: January 21, 2023
  • Application deadline: December 15, 2022
  • Duration: 15 months (excluding PPCR course)
  • Credit points: 60 points
  • Program type: part time, online course
  • Language: English
  • Tuition fees: 11500 EUR, payable in two installments (17000 EUR incl. fees for PPCR program)


The Master’s Program in Clinical Research (MPCR) is designed to provide training in the methodology and practice of clinical research. It creates an international platform for medical scientists which is strongly based on teamwork, creativity, out-of-the-box-thinking and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Thanks to our cooperation with Harvard, we recognizes the grades of the  international nine-month distance-learning program "Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR)" offered by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and achievements obtained during the PPCR program as equivalent to ECTS. Graduates of the PPCR course can directly continue with our Master’s program and shorten their study time. In the end students receive the academic title Master of Science (M. Sc.) from the Dresden International University.

Our lecturers do not just give teacher centered lectures but rather collaborate with you to generate new ideas and research questions, develop new thinking strategies and help you further develop your individual skills. This unique and very close and open relationship between students and teachers is also a mutually beneficial way of exchanging ideas and creating a strong professional network.

In addition to the theoretical background, we enable our students to apply the practical aspects of clinical research. The negotiation of contracts and the independent development and implementation of clinical research projects have priority. The evaluation of chances and risks of a project as well as the interpretation and evaluation of the effects which can result from the clinical study are essential for the MPCR study course.

*For a detailed program of the PPCR course, please visit

Next program start:
January 21, 2023

Target group

  • PPCR graduates and students
  • medics and nurses interested in clinical research
  • researcher in the medical field


interactive videoconference based live lectures and virtual plattforms for every time collaboration between students themselves and with lecturers

lecturers with a high level of theoretical and practical knowledge offer interesting discussions on current and future topics


international students with experiences of their own specific field enable interesting and exciting exchanges within the study group


Admission requirements

  • completed university studies (240 ECTS) which are recognised in your country of origin
  • registration for the PPCR course of “Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health” or you have a certificate about passing this course
  • proof of currently working in the field of clinical research
  • and at least one-year of professional experience

Overview of the study contents

Module 1 - Basics of Clinical Research - Theory*

Introduction to Clinical Trials, Theory of Study Conduction Methods, Principles of Statistical Analysis, Designing a Clinical Trial, Principles of Trial Management, Study Types.


Module 2 - Advanced Clinical Research - Applications

Applied Biostatistics, Data Visualization,  Hands-on-Workshop on R / RStudio


Module 3 - Innovations of Clinical Research

Scientific Presentation, Handling of Modern Media, Health Economic Outcome Research, Big Data and AI, Real World Data / Real World Evidence, Health Technology Assessment


Master´s Thesis

After finishing these modules students will complete their Master's Thesis on a topic in the field of Clinical Research supervised by lecturers of the Master's Program.

Publications - excerpt

In our master’s program the majority of theses are publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

List of selected publications:

  • Uema D, Alves C, Mesquita M, Nuñez JE, Siepmann T, Angel M, Rego JFM, Weschenfelder R, Rocha Filho DR, Costa FP, Barros M, O'Connor JM, Illigens BM, Riechelmann RP Carcinoid Heart Disease and Decreased Overall Survival among Patients with Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Retrospective Multicenter Latin American Cohort Study. J Clin Med. 2019 Mar 23;8(3)
  • Sofiyeva N, Siepmann T, Barlinn K, Seli E, Ata B. Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Analogs for Gonadal Protection During Gonadotoxic Chemotherapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Reprod Sci. 2019 Jul;26(7):939-953
  • Fasslrinner F, Schetelig J, Burchert A, Kramer M, Trenschel R, Hegenbart U, Stadler M, Schäfer-Eckart K, Bätzel M, Eich H, Stuschke M, Engenhart-Cabillic R, Krause M, Dreger P, Neubauer A, Ehninger G, Beelen D, Berdel WE, Siepmann T, Stelljes M, Bornhäuser M. Long-term efficacy of reduced-intensity versus myeloablative conditioning before allogeneic haemopoietic cell transplantation in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia in first complete remission: retrospective follow-up of an open-label, randomised phase 3 trial. Lancet Haematol. 2018;5(4):e161-e169
  • Heppt MV, Siepmann T, Engel J, Schubert-Fritschle G, Eckel R, Mirlach L, Kirchner T, Jung A, Gesierich A, Ruzicka T, Flaig MJ, Berking C. Prognostic significance of BRAF and NRAS mutations in melanoma: a German study from routine care. BMC Cancer. 2017;17(1):536
  • Adverse Effects of Antidepressants for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Riediger C, Schuster T, Barlinn K, Maier S, Weitz J, Siepmann T. Front Neurol. 2017;8:307
  • Schnabel A, Range U, Hahn G, Siepmann T, Berner R, Hedrich CM. Unexpectedly high incidences of chronic non-bacterial as compared to bacterial osteomyelitis in children. Rheumatol Int. 2016;36(12):1737-1745
  • Nassir M, Guan J, Luketina H, Siepmann T, Rohr I, Richter R, Castillo-Tong DC, Zeillinger R, Vergote I, Van Nieuwenhuysen E, Concin N, Marth C, Hall C, Mahner S, Woelber L, Sehouli J, Braicu EI. The role of HE4 for prediction of recurrence in epithelial ovarian cancer patients - results from the OVCAD study. Tumour Biol 2016;37(3):3009-3016
  • Raspe M, Müller-Marbach A, Schneider M, Siepmann T, Schulte K. Work and training conditions of young German physicians in internal medicine. Results of a nationwide survey by young internists from the German Society of Internal Medicine and the German Professional Association of Internists. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2016;141(3):202-210
  • Kepplinger J, Prakapenia A, Barlinn K, Siegert G, Gehrisch S, Zerna C, Beyer-Westendorf J, Puetz V, Reichmann H, Siepmann T, Bodechtel U. Standardized use of novel oral anticoagulants plasma level thresholds in a new thrombolysis decision making protocol. J Thromb Thrombolysis2016;41(2):293-300
  • Lohkamp L, Öllinger R, Chatzigeorgiou A, Illigens BM, Siepmann T. Intraoperative biomarkers in renal transplantation. Nephrology (Carlton). 2016;21(3):188-199
  • Spieth PM, Kubasch AS, Penzlin AI, Illigens BM, Barlinn K, Siepmann T. Randomized controlled trials - a matter of design. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat 2016;12:1341-1349
  • Gehring C, Siepmann T, Heidegger H, Jeschke U. The controversial role of human chorionic gonadotropin in the development of breast cancer and other types of tumors. Breast. 2016;26:135-140
  • Zerna C, Siepmann T, Barlinn K, Kepplinger J, Pallesen LP, Puetz V, Bodechtel U. Association of time on outcome after intravenous thrombolysis in the elderly in a telestroke network. J Telemed Telecare 2016;22(1):18-24
  • Barlinn K, Kepplinger J, Puetz V, Illigens BM, Bodechtel U, Siepmann T. Exploring the risk-factor association between depression and incident stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat 2015,11:1-14
  • Woopen H, Richter R, Chekerov R, Siepmann T, Ismaeel F, Sehouli J. The influence of comorbidity and comedication on grade III/IV toxicity and prior discontinuation of chemotherapy in recurrent ovarian cancer patients: An individual participant data meta-analysis of the North-Eastern German Society of Gynecological Oncology (NOGGO). Gynecol Oncol 2015;138(3):735-740
  • Seidlitz A, Siepmann T, Löck S, Juratli T, Baumann M, Krause M. Impact of waiting time after surgery and overall time of postoperative radiochemotherapy on treatment outcome in glioblastoma multiforme. Radiat Oncol 2015:10:172

Program directors

Ben Illigens, MD

Instructor in Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA United States and Director, German Sites Development Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

PD Dr. med. habil. Timo Siepmann, FAHA

Attending Physician, Head of Cerebrovascular Outpatient Clinic (Department of Neurologie, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus), Site Director, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health), Managing Director, Reformed Medical Degree Program (Technische Universität Dresden)


Teaching Staff

Our faculty and staff are internationally recognized for their teaching in clinical research.


Lecturers (excerpt)

  • PD Dr. med. habil. Timo Siepmann, Attending Physician, Head of Cerebrovascular Outpatient Clinic (Department of Neurologie, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus), Site Director, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health), Managing Director, Reformed Medical Degree Program (Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Ben Illigens, MD
  • Marc Eisele, Director Centre for Media Technology in Medicine, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital
  • Dr. Oliver Fiala, Senior Research Advisor, Save the Children UK
  • Ingeborg Friehs, MD, Instructor in Surgery Department of Cardiac Surgery Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston United States
  • Alexandra Pintér, MD, Assistant professor of physiology Institute of Human Physiology and Clinical Experimental Research, Semmelweis University, Budapest Hungary
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schipp, Professor of Business and Economics Quantitative Methods, esp. Econometrics, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden Germany


Teaching Assistants (TA)

  • Miluska Bromley, MD, MSc, Senior TA, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident
  • Mohamed Hashim Mahmoud, MD, ABHS-FM, Family Medicine, West Bay Training Center, Doha - Qatar
  • Arturo Tamayo, MD, FAHA, Assistant Professor of Neurology University of Manitoba
  • Tiago Lemos Cerqueira, MD, Nephrology Center of The Evangelical Hospital – Betim Unit
  • Monique Garcia, PharmD, MD Student - Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUC-MG)
  • Ahmed Fouad Abdelwahed Mohamed

Personal advice

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Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Program start:
15 months (excluding PPCR course)
Credit points:
60 points
Program type: 
Part time
Tuition fees:
11500 EUR, payable in two installments
(17000 EUR incl. fees for PPCR program)
Financing available
Scholarship database:
Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations. 

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