The Harvard Medical School’s Master of Medical Science in Clinical Investigation (MMSCI) degree provides world-class training in the methods and conduct of clinical discovery for future leaders in patient-oriented and translational research. This two-year program, which requires students to reside in Boston for its duration, combines innovative forms of pedagogy from leading Harvard faculty with an individual mentored research experience. This program is designed for postgraduate clinician-scientists working in clinical or translational research at the fellowship and junior faculty level (or equivalent). Candidates holding an MD, MBBS, MBBCh, PhD or a comparable academic degree, are eligible to apply.
The MMSCI program provides each student with the unique opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in a Harvard-based laboratory, under the direct supervision of a Harvard mentor. Guided by a dedicated thesis committee, each student must complete two first-author manuscripts based on the work from their individual research projects. The innovative curriculum is specifically designed to deliver the theoretical and practical skills that will complement this mentored research experience.
The program format features three intensive workshops across a two-year span. Between each workshop, students will continue to acquire core knowledge and skills by way of longitudinal lectures and a longitudinal seminar series. In addition to the traditional learning of biostatistics, epidemiology and translational methods, our goal is to promote the development of critical thinking skills, writing and presentation skills, and leadership experience.
To complement individual learning and development, the MMSCI program provides students the choice of a Clinical Investigation (CI) or a Translational Investigation (TI) track and places a core emphasis on practical skills and team-based approaches in each track’s training. Additionally, the Clinical Investigation track offers one of two optional pathways for individualized learning.
Facilitated by continual access to HMS faculty who are leaders in their field, the MMSCI structure is designed to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary tools to launch productive, fulfilling and successful research careers upon graduation.