Clinical Research After BDS – Most Important Things You Should Know

Hey folks! Hope all of you are doing well. I know all of you here on this page have the biggest question after your dental graduation, i.e. What after BDS? Right? I had explained in detail the best career options after BDS in the previous post. I used to get at least 50 emails every month from dental students across the globe asking for clinical research after BDS.

So, in this post, I will talk in detail about the research options after BDS in India. Please note that the information given here is after my research both online and offline. I will start with the basics of clinical research for dentists.

What is Clinical Research after BDS?

Clinical Research is a program that BDS, BSc holders and many other graduates in India can do. It is mainly a healthcare branch where the researchers indulge in determining and investigating the safety and efficiency of drugs or medications, healthcare devices, treatment structures, diagnostic or treatment products, etc, which are developed for use only on human beings.

Clinical Practice and Clinical Research are completely different. Clinical practice is what we have studied and proved, and clinical research is where we invent or find pieces of evidence to develop a treatment method or device or drug, etc.

After the clinical research course, you can work as a medical advisor, drug developer, treatment researcher, drug and treatment investigator, data project manager, etc.

Future of Clinical Research After BDS:

Okay, let’s be straightforward here. It’s true that you will be paid huge for clinical research jobs after BDS. But, I found a few cons in this section. Yes, I mean it.

According to my knowledge, you will be paid around 2-4 Lakhs per month after you complete the clinical research course. But, there are a lot of issues I found in it. I will list the top two problems which I felt. 😛

Problem 1: I searched a hell lot to find a good institute for clinical research after BDS. And to be frank I did only search online. I didn’t find any good institutes that the government and a reputed university recognised after my research. Let us assume there are institutes that I don’t know. 😛

Problem 2: The next problem is placements after you complete the clinical research course. I will give you an example. I know a lot of students who joined Pharm.D, a six-year doctorate course, as it was rumoured that it is an upcoming top professional course. Yes, they are indeed paid well, not in India, only in European countries. You have to check for the passport-company ratio in India and decide.

Few companies abroad are recruiting dentists who completed clinical research directly with great payouts, and that is completely true. Many people are doing clinical research after BDS in the USA.

I even read it online that hospitals like Fortis, Appolo, etc, are recruiting clinical researchers with them, and I am not updated with their salary packages.

So, is Clinical Research one of the best career options after BDS?

Yes, it is! I answered this question here because after reading the details given below you might be confused about whether it is a good option or not.

The salary for Clinical Research After BDS:

I know this is what everyone reading this post wants to know. In India, the situation is not yet known. But, in European countries, they pay very well for clinical researchers. And say somewhere around 3-6 Lakhs Indian Rupees will be the salary of clinical research after BDS.

And I request you all keep these as an estimate. The salary information given is from a source who has been working there for the past eight years in the healthcare sector.

Interested in doing Clinical Research after BDS?

To help you out, I have made a checklist that will help you join Clinical Research in good institutes. And if you want a serious career in clinical research after BDS, please follow these steps. It’s for your goodness and well-being, friends. Sorry for being too personal. 😛

Beware of fraud institutes

Checklist for joining Clinical Research After BDS:

  • Make a list of Clinical Research institutes in India first.
  • Do a bit of online research about the institute in Google. Also, check the news about the institute. For that, go to and select the “News” link situated below the search bar near to “Images” link. Most of the negative news about the institute will be there.
  • Short-list the genuine clinical research institute.
  • Check their official website and see which university they are affiliated with.
  • If it is a UGC-approved university, check the official site here.
  • Go to the University they are affiliated with and check the university website for details and recheck. Can’t find it on the university website? Feel free to call them and ask them directly whether the institute is affiliated with the University for Clinical Research.
  • And to be frank, this is the most important step and for which people don’t have time. Visit the institute personally or contact someone whom you know personally who studies there. Never go directly to the institute office! 😛
  • Talk to students who are still there and also try to arrange contact with people who passed out from the institute. Talk, talk and connect. Nowadays, it’s simple to get connected. Please use it here.
  • Do all clear? Pay the fee, join, learn, and enjoy.

Note: It’s really hard to study and pass dentistry. You have done your 5-year course, and you are still confused now about your career. I want you to join an excellent institute for clinical research and have a great future. This is the reason why I had given you the checklist above and would be really cool if you follow it. Beware of fake institutes. 


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About K Vishnu Nambiar

I am a dental blogger and a career counselor with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. I blog about different dental courses and their scopes. I also visit dental colleges and review them in a unique way.

24 thoughts on “Clinical Research After BDS – Most Important Things You Should Know”

  1. Great Information ! thanks for sharing. this is exactly i needed to read today. i was seeking this information for long time. this is very helpful for me. When some one searches for his required thing,therefore he/she desires to be available that in detail, thus that thing is maintained over here. simply want to say this post is as very informative and useful.

  2. I am a dentist myself in the PV domain of clinical research. No doubt its a great alternative!!
    you Vishnu seem to have done quite some research here..good going!

  3. I am interested to work in Gulf countries after my BDS….right now I am a first year student….plzzz help me out ….respected personality

    • Dear Ramiz,

      You have a lot of time to go and work in gulf countries. First complete your graduation and must have 2 years of work experience in India, then only you can apply for Gulf countries.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful article.
    Please let me know if you have any list of trusted & best clinical research institutes.
    I am currently looking for a good clinical research institute in Delhi-NCR region.
    I completed my BDS.

    Looking forward for your valuable feedback & suggestions.!

    • Dear Sonia,

      To be frank I am not aware of any trusted institutes in India for Clinical Research after BDS. But, that doesn’t mean that there are no institutes. If I get any information regarding the same, I will update it in my blog. Subscribe to my mail list for future updates.

    • Thats a great idea!

      For that you have to create videos on all subjects and chapters first. I would suggest you to start with a single subject and later expand.

  5. Hii Ma’am
    I am Dentist and having 2 yrs of clinical experience. Searching for options other than Clinical Practice as i found during my practices their is no growth or min growth in respect to your income. Even if you want to change the Dental Clinic, even you having some clinical experience the Dentists owning the Clinic doesn’t pay you well…
    I would say Assistants were paid pretty well in comparison to the Dentists Working.
    so i am looking for a change and come across your blog.
    i really wanted to know these big companies who advertise about the job vacancies directly on job seeking sites, is this is a good option if you directly get placed as Clinical Researcher or investigator?
    Second thing i wanted to ask you is about the work from home thing…..
    having a thing about taking recording some lectures… is this a good idea?
    Right now i am very confused do suggest me something please.
    thanking you.

    • Dear Dr.Aisha,

      Thank you for the comment.

      I can understand what you mean and this is what almost all the newbie dentists are facing. To be frank I had never seen these big companies recruiting a dentist directly as a researcher or investigator without any further qualification or experience.

      And about the work from the home thing for dentists is worth it, but it will take some time and you need a lot of patience.

      Yes, there are many dentists who have made video lectures and uploaded them to Youtube and many are also selling it for a good price. I was seriously surprised to see that one of the portals was charging around Rs.25,000 for final BDS videos. I guess, for them, it will be a one-time investment and lifetime return.

      But surely, they will have maintenance fees for the website set-up and stuff. Anyway, I have sent you an email, in which I had added a few more details.

  6. Hi Dr,what about medical coding after Bds and could u please suggest all other non clinical options fr bds graduates

  7. Hello Everyone
    I am DrNavjot Kaur, I completed my BDS in 2014 at Baba Farid Univerisity of Health Sciences, Punjab, and later completed my Master in Clinical Research also from the same university. Later I worked in PGI Chandigarh for 2 years as a Clinical Research Associate cum Site Coordinator and now presently working in a reputed government University as Assistant Professor for Clinical Research.
    I am also sharing a link for those who are interested in making their future in Clinical Research after studying at a good state government university located in the beautiful city Jalandhar of Punjab.

  8. Hi Dr, What about medical coding after graduation, and could you perhaps recommend any other non-clinical alternatives for BDS graduates?

    • Dear Kirti,

      I will surely come up with a few more options after BDS like clinical research in the upcoming weeks. So please do subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated.


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