2020 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Clinical Research

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

This course is for anyone working, or aspiring to work, in the field of clinical research. You'll explore clinical research processes and techniques, practical and regulatory issues, and the fundamental concepts and methods in medical statistics.
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Course description

This course is a route into research positions within healthcare settings or doctoral/PhD study.

The course aims to help you develop an in-depth understanding of clinical research processes and techniques and an awareness of practical and regulatory issues. You’ll explore the fundamental concepts and methods in medical statistics, and how to critically appraise statistics in research literature.

The course is for anyone working, or aspiring to work, in the field of clinical research nationally or internationally.

There are two routes available:

  • Standard route 
  • NIHR route for Academic Clinical Fellows in Medicine and Dentistry.

Applicants may also apply using the CPD application process and start by registering for one or two modules and later transfer to a full masters programme.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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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

Examples include:

  • Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation


Materials will be delivered in a variety of formats designed to enhance the learning experience. These include formal lectures, tutorials, small group discussions, online screencasts, videos and podcasts, alongside guided reading and case studies.


  • 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

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

Applications for the NIHR route are only accepted from doctors and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Clinical Fellows in the local NHS Deanery.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.