MSc/Diploma/Certificate Clinical Research

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We have a global reputation. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) places us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our research influences policy and improves lives in the developed and the developing world. We employ around 325 staff and attract £6 million per year in external support.

We understand the challenges you face as a healthcare professional. Our masters courses are accessible, practical, flexible and carefully designed to help you develop your career.

About the course

Develop the practical skills required to plan and undertake clinical or health services research. There are two different routes available. Each route takes one year full-time or two to five years part-time:

  • The generic route: open to all graduates from any background
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) route: open to medical and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Training Fellows in the local NHS Deanery.

Core modules

Core modules are determined by the course route followed and may include:

  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Practical Aspects of Clinical Research
  • Dissertation or Research placement and portfolio

Optional modules

  • Promoting Evidence-Based Health-Care
  • Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Complex Evaluation Methods
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Health Care Financing and Economic Evaluation
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation

Full module list


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online activities
  • Workshops
  • Research skills training is in small groups and by distance learning


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

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ScHARR postgraduate student

I love the University and Sheffield as a city. I did my undergraduate degree here and didn’t want to leave. Whilst what I learnt was related to public health such as disease outbreak management, the problem solving skills can be applied to other areas in the future.

Harriet Fidler, postgraduate student in School of Health and Related Research

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-5 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a clinical subject or equivalent professional qualification and experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


Our graduates take up positions in international health care agencies such as UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank. They also work as health managers and research managers in public and private health care institutions. Others go on to PhD-level research.


We work closely with the University of Sheffield International Faculty – City College in Greece, as well as the School of Management Studies.

About us

We employ around 325 staff and attract £6 million per year in external support. All our teaching staff are active researchers. They include members of Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

We have experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. Our courses attract students from all over the world.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Teaching Support Unit
T: +44 (0)114 222 5454