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Clinical Research PG Cert

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Medicine (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research (30 ECTS) will comprise all taught modules only and does not include the research project. Progression from the PG Certificate to the MRes is allowed, however, the research project will commence at the start of the following academic year. Successful PG certificate students will have to apply to the MRes and progression will not be automatic. If you take a break from studies after completion of the PGCert, the award to progress to the MRes will be valid for three years. If progression to the MRes is not undertaken within this period, then the PGCert component of the MRes must be repeated.

This course provides practical experience and training in designing, implementing, and reporting clinical studies. You complete the majority of the taught elements together; the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest is provided through a pathway-specific elective taught module and extensively through the research side of the programme.

The research project allows you to implement essential research skills supported by your supervisor(s). Project options are provided by staff, however, if you have a particular topic in mind this can also be considered. The key criteria are that:

  • the research question is examined using appropriate design and methodology
  • the project is feasible given available time-scales, and
  • the scope and depth are sufficient for Master’s level study

The majority of our graduates go on to undertake PhDs in relevant fields and other graduates have gone on to work in research and clinical settings as well as Industry. Students who complete the PG Certificate can, for example, take forward knowledge and skills to develop research programmes in the workplace.

The careers open to graduates will vary depending on which pathway is chosen. Graduates have progressed to employment within research, for example, clinical trials and the food industry. Others have continued careers and sought promotion within the health sector. A large number progress to PhD scholarships. These degrees are ideal for those wishing to progress to a PhD studentship or a research-based role within the NHS. Some graduates have gone on to successfully secure a place at medical schools.


Critical Appraisal - Core
Clinical Research Scenarios - Core
Research Conduct & Clinical Research Measures - Core

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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in medicine or life sciences.

Department profile

Get your head start at Imperial with our wide range of Master’s programmes. Our postgraduate courses draw on recognised excellence in research to help you advance your career in academia, healthcare or industry. Medical and healthcare expertise is more important than ever. Make your mark on the medical world with a postgraduate degree from Imperial College London. We will equip you with the latest skills and techniques enabling you to bring...more

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