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MClin Res Clinical Research

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Distance without attendance | The University of Manchester | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MClinRes - Master of Clinical Research

Subject areas

Medicine (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

Our MClin Res Clinical Research course is aimed at health professionals and others working in a health setting who want to develop careers in clinical research, clinical and academic practice, or academic research with a strong clinical practice component.

You will develop in-depth knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of research and skills in research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care settings.

The course is mainly delivered online, but is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and one mid-semester study day in Semesters 1 and 2.

Most of the units that make up this course are shared with other students on master's and PhD programmes at Manchester.

Please note this course is not designed to develop the knowledge and skills for a laboratory-based research career.


Our course has been designed to provide health professionals and others working in a health setting with the skills needed to conduct and manage research in clinical and health and social care settings, and to develop careers in clinical research, clinical and academic practice, or academic research with a strong clinical practice component.

The aims of the course are to:

  • enable you to further develop systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to clinical/health care practice at an individual and/or organisational level;
  • contribute to building capacity and capability for research and evidence-based practice by equipping you with in-depth knowledge and essential skills to critically appraise, apply, design and undertake high quality research in a range of clinical/health care settings;
  • enhance the quality and evidence base for clinical research, practice and service development through the provision of robust research training in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources and research and practice expertise;
  • promote lifelong learning in students and enhance opportunities to pursue a variety of research careers and/or further research training which support and advance clinical knowledge, research and practice;
  • equip you with key transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, effective communication, team and multi-disciplinary working, use of IT/health informatics, logical and systematic approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a variety of summative assessment methods that enable the integration of theory and practice. They also build on the continuous formative assessment exercises that come with each individual unit, which include interactive, stimulating online exercises with regular self-assessment and feedback.

Career opportunities

This course is predominantly aimed at professionals from a range of disciplines who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in health research.

It is aimed at those who wish to pursue clinical academic research careers e.g. clinicians, research nurses, clinical trials coordinators.

The course provides comprehensive training in research, providing an excellent foundation for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD.

Students can also exit with PGDip Clin Res, PGCert Clin Res awards.


Research design
Managing research in health and social care
Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
Quantitative research design and analysis
Qualitative research design and analysis

Tuition fees

UK fees
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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

We require an honours first degree (Upper Second or above) in a relevant subject from an approved higher education institution. We may consider applicants with a Lower Second degree if you include documented evidence of exceptional innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and publications in your application. For part-time students, we also require written support from your employer to attend the course and complete any necessary requirements.