MSc/Diploma/Certificate Clinical Research

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

We tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges to improve the health and care of people across the globe.

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, Postgraudate student in the School of Health and Related Research

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Gain an in-depth understanding of the processes and techniques involved in clinical research and develop the practical skills required to plan and undertake clinical or health services research. The course takes one year full-time or two to five years part-time.

There are two routes available:

  • a 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.

Katharine Palmer

Core modules

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

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

Examples of optional modules

Choices include:

  • 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

Please visit our website for a full module list.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, tutorials, online activities and workshops. Research skills training is in small groups and by distance learning. Assessment is by coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree

NIHR route for Academic Clinical Fellows in Medicine and Dentistry

We only accept applications from doctors and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Clinical Fellows in the local NHS Deanery.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Any questions?

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

Teaching Support Unit
T: +44 (0)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.