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

Our Clinical Research MClinRes, PGDip, and PGCert allow you to study clinical research in the context of your workplace.

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  • September 2024
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The suite of courses is a collaborative partnership with Newcastle Academic Health Partners. You'll gain knowledge and skills to perform to a high level in all aspects of clinical research. Our courses are for professionals in many different areas of the health service. This includes doctors and NMAHPs.

Our programmes encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research. You'll do this in the context of your own professional role. You'll learn and develop skills in clinical research in your area of expertise. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course.

In the final year of your master's, you'll carry out your own research project. It is useful to have a workplace mentor for this. This is someone who can provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. The University will provide an academic supervisor to support your research.

You'll gain a strong theoretical as well as practical knowledge of clinical research. This helps support your current or future professional as well as leadership roles. Our programmes are UK based but globally aware. They reflect international collaborations and their requirements.

Our courses are suitable for any clinical research topic, including:

  • medical
  • surgical
  • mental health
  • allied health care

Clinical Research Delivery, PGCert

We also run a PG Certificate in Clinical Research Delivery. This course will enable experienced healthcare professionals to contribute to clinical research delivery and will develop future leaders. It has been developed with support from the NIHR-AoMRC Clinical Researcher Credentials Framework. Bursaries are available, please contact us to leave your details to find out more.


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The NIHR INSIGHT North East & Cumbria programme is fully-funding research masters courses to help early career health and care professionals. Our Clinical Research programme is eligible for this funding. To find out more and see if you are eligible, please visit the NHIP Academy.

Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

What you'll learn

Some of the core learning outcomes of our programmes include:

  • appraising good practice principles in all aspects of clinical research
  • recognising academic scholarship in your own work and of others
  • differentiating between different forms of clinical research
  • identify opportunities in your chosen area of clinical research or chosen pathway


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Upon completion of our programmes, you'll be able to:

  • design clinical research projects or trials. They'll exhibit good research practices. They will show effective governance and with justified ethical principles and theories
  • get the necessary permissions and approvals for carrying out research. This will be specific to Postgraduate Diploma and Masters
  • collect, manage, analyse data using appropriate computer database(s). You'll use statistical software and in compliance with relevant legislation
  • translate research findings into clinical practice. This will be in the context of current research in your own field
  • complete the various steps and documentation to gain access and approval to data sources
  • interpret and analyse data using appropriate resources
  • design, put in place, adjust manage and report on projects. This is specific to postgraduate diploma and master's

Your future

Applicants may wish to progress their career in a research-intensive clinical environment. Our courses are also for anyone wishing to introduce clinical research into their workplace. Our graduates include:

  • research managers
  • projects leads
  • research nurses
  • clinical trials managers

Our programmes also provide a route into:

  • PhD level study
  • research management
  • research design
  • research delivery

Many of our students go on to publish in peer-reviewed journals. An excellent example Greig Taylor, Research Fellow in Paediatric Dentistry. He studied for a MClinRes and was recently published in the online International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.

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Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll have access to services that will develop graduate and research skills. With these, you'll enhance personal development and employability. Our facilities include:

  • professional support services for health and wellbeing
  • careers service
  • excellent library and IT resources
  • participation in academic and programme development

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2338


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