Clin Research/Clin Research (Ageing)

Clinical Research/Clinical Research (Ageing) MClinRes, PGDip, PGCert (E-learning)

MClinRes - part time: 36 months
MClinRes (Ageing) - part time: 36 months
PGDip - part time: 24 months, accelerated: part time 12 months
PGCert - part time: 12 months
CPD modules available


Our online courses allow you to study clinical research in the context of your work. We developed them with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They are ideal for health professionals and clinical research support staff. They also suit education and industry professionals who aspire to become a clinical academic.

Your programme during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

About this course

The courses encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research in the context of your professional role. You'll learn about and develop clinical research in your workplace. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course.

To do this you will need to nominate a workplace mentor. They will provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. They'll also support your studies, maintaining academic and clinical links throughout the course.  

Our courses will equip you with the skills to perform to a high level in the clinical research world.  Many of our students go on to publish in peer reviewed journals. An excellent example is physiotherapist Annie Ross, who studied for a MClinRes though distance learning, and recently published in the online Physiotherapy Journal.

Our staff

Academics, researchers and NHS clinicians deliver the course. They all have active research programmes in ageing, cellular medicine and neuroscience. We also have tutors from NHS research and development teams and local clinical research networks:

I have really enjoyed this programme - I have gained so much from it.  It really is the best thing I have done for myself.  I am so much more confident in my own knowledge and skills and putting myself forward for things.

Claire Adams, Severe Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Nurse, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories


Our modules are online, so you can choose to study any time, anywhere. This flexibility ensures that you can fit your studies around other commitments. You'll also develop your online literacy as a transferable skill. We offer a range of modules and pathways to choose from so that you can gain the research skills you require.

We'll give you an email address and account on Canvas our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our course materials are also accessible across a variety of devices including:

  • desktop computers
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • mobile phones.

You don't need to attend any classes on campus. Instead you'll need access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:

  • operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
  • processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
  • RAM: At least 2GB
  • connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
  • screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px.

As part of the course you'll take part in ‘Good Clinical Practice’ training. This is mandatory for professionals who conduct clinical research. If you can prove that you've already completed this training you won't need to repeat it.

Related Degrees

  • Clinical and Health Sciences with Clinical Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert

    Our Clinical and Health Sciences with Clinical Research course offers you the ability to tailor your educational needs to your professional interests. Designed for busy professionals, this online course offers a flexible, bespoke way for you to develop your career in clinical research.

All related programmes


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Our courses are modular and you can study them part time or accelerated. Depending on the pathway you choose, you will have a range of modules to choose from. You can tailor the course to the research methodologies that are most relevant to your role.

You can also choose to complete a stand-alone module for professional development.

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject, an MBBS, BDS, or international equivalent. You also need to have a workplace mentor to support you in your studies.

We also consider professionals who have an appropriate degree, or equivalent professional qualifications. You must work in a relevant field and have two years’ post-qualification experience.

If you are applying for the accelerated programmes, you will only be considered if there is evidence of significant experience within the field of research and/or if you hold a degree classification of a first or 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.  If you are in full-time employment you will also be invited to discuss with a selector the programme requirements together with your motivation, commitment and potential for study at masters level.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

When you make your online application insert one of the following course codes on the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 4853P MClinRes – part time 
  • 5844P MClinRes (Ageing) – part time 
  • 3475P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research – part time 
  • 3477P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research – accelerated part time 
  • 3446P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Ageing) – part time 
  • 3452P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Ageing) – accelerated part time 
  • 3107P Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research – part time 
  • 6053P CPD module

If you are applying for a CPD module you should apply on the CPD programme (6053P) and please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Clinical Trials module (MCR 8015).'

Closing date

The closing date for September 2020 entry applications is 14 August 2020.


Programme Coordinator
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5199


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