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.

Course suspension - Clinical Research (Ageing)

Our Clinical Research (Ageing) courses have been suspended for 2021 entry. This means that we won’t be able to accept applications for 2021 entry.

Our other e-learning Clinical Research courses are still available for 2021 entry.

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.

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

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

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 2021 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.

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

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.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

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.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

The following Clinical Research (Ageing) courses have been suspended for 2021 entry:

  • 5844P MClinRes (Ageing) – part time
  • 5848P ClinRes Clinical Research (Ageing) (1yr accelerated)
  • 3446P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Ageing) – part time
  • 3452P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Ageing) – accelerated part time

Our other e-learning Clinical Research courses are still available for 2021 entry.

  • 4853P MClinRes – part time
  • 3475P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research – part time
  • 3477P Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research – accelerated part time
  • 3107P Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research – part time
  • 6053P CPD module

Closing date

The deadline for September 2021 entry is 13 August 2021

When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page.

  • If you are applying for September 2021, select 2021/2022 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.

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).'


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.


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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5199


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