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:
- mental health
- allied health care
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
A PGCert is awarded if you successfully complete half of the taught modules (60 credits).
An MClinRes is a taught master’s degree. It allows you to study clinical research in the context of your workplace. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a research project
You can study part time or accelerated.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
|Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning)||20|
|Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning)||20|
|Writing in a Research Setting (E-learning)||20|
|Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)||20|
|Ageing & Health (E-learning)||20|
|Clinical Research with Older People (E-learning)||20|
|Clinical Trials (E-learning)||20|
|Clinical Research Statistics (E-learning)||20|
How you'll learn
You'll learn online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments. It will also allow you to develop your online digital literacy skills.
The courses offer a range of modules to choose from so that you can gain the research skills you need. The master's research project can involve a topic of your choice in line with the needs of your day-to-day job.
We'll provide you with an email address. You'll also receive an account on Canvas (our managed learning environment). Canvas is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers.
You don’t need to attend any classes on campus. Instead, you’ll need access to a computer, and hardware to take part in group discussion and seminars.
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.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- PC examination
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
You'll undertake a single research project. Projects will offer diverse experiences in research techniques and methods. This will be across the range of research activities in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. You'll work in collaboration with your own workplace environment.
You'll work with an academic tutor to guide you through your studies.
For the master's project, you'll need to nominate a workplace mentor. They will provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. They’ll also:
- support your studies
- maintain academic links
- maintain clinical links
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Academics, researchers and NHS clinicians deliver the courses. They are all research-active or in NHS research and development teams. They are also part of clinical networks.
Our teaching staff includes:
- Dr Joanne Elson (Lecturer, dissertation coordination)
- Hon. Prof Marieke Emonts (Curriculum Director)
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
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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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
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.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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