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PG Certificate
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Clinical Research

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

Explore the fundamental concepts and methods of health-related research, medical statistics and how to critically appraise research literature and examine the practical and regulatory issues involved in designing and delivering clinical and health-related research projects.
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Course description

This course is for people working, or aspiring to work, in the field of clinical or health-related research nationally or internationally. It is a route into research within healthcare, clinical research, academic or commercial settings and is excellent preparation for doctoral/PhD study.

We’ll provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to initiate and undertake high-quality clinical or health-related research projects. You’ll have the opportunity to critically appraise the methods and results of existing research and explore the implications of research for clinical and health-related practice.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to undertake and manage research and be prepared for research careers within national and international clinical and health-related settings.

There are two routes available:

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

Online chat

If you'd like to find out more about studying with us, join us for an online chat from 12–1pm on Tuesday 8 December. You'll have the chance to ask course tutors your questions during question and answer sessions.

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

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Explore core and optional modules

Continuing Professional Development

All modules on this course can be studied as standalone CPD modules. It is possible to complete standalone modules and then apply to transfer to an MSc/PGDip/PGCert qualification. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification.


You'll gain credits from both core and optional modules. You’ll need 180 credits to get a masters degree, including 60 credits from your dissertation. You can also study for a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), without a dissertation.


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


  • 1 year, full-time
  • 1 year, part-time (PG Certificate only)

Your career

After successfully completing your course, graduates have had the opportunity to secure roles in clinical research within clinical practice, research positions within clinical and health care organisations, academic research and research teaching roles or alternatively they have taken on further Doctoral and PhD study.

Our graduates now work in many healthcare settings, as well as universities around the world and Medical Research Organisations (MRO) including NAMSA and PRA Healthcare.

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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+44 114 222 5454

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