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Do you want to lead, direct or manage clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Learn from a team of experts, drawn from a wide range of disciplines including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics and medicine as well as representatives from patient and public support groups.

Key features

  • Progress your career and become a leader in clinical research with a programme that provides both theoretical and first hand practical experience of the whole research process from developing a clinically relevant question through to implementation of research in clinical practice.
  • Learn from experts from across Plymouth University, other higher education institutes, the Research Design Service, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit.
  • Receive mentorship and supervision from experienced clinical academic researchers.
  • Experience an inclusive curriculum designed specifically for health professionals, incorporating flexible and blended learning. Continually developed in line with student feedback this currently features 2-3 day face-to-face study blocks and supported distance learning.
  • Align your CPD with key Health Education England and NIHR objectives: To develop clinical academics and increase research capacity in nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists.
  • Study a contemporary MClinRes founded on ongoing consultation with patient and public support groups, NHS staff, managers and commissioners and international partners.
  • Join the Institute of Health and Community to further engage with contemporary clinical research during and beyond your studies.
  • Receive support with onward funding applications to further your integrated clinical research career. Opt for the research management and mentorship module to gain protected time and support with academic writing to publish your research, develop your profile and compose onward funding applications.
  • Benefit from an enriched student experience sharing core and optional modules with inter-professional health and social care students studying across faculty MSc pathways.
  • Choose from three award pathways – PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes.

Course details

Year 1

The MClinRes will be delivered by blended learning, in one year full time or on a part time basis over three to five years.

  • Pathways in this programme will include four core modules: applying evidence to practice, project design for research, applied qualitative research methods and applied quantitative research methods, as well as the research dissertation. Choose a 20 credit optional module from the diverse array on offer in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. The core modules build on each other providing skills in literature searching and implementing findings to the workplace; designing research protocols; understanding applied qualitative and quantitative methods and undertaking a clinically-relevant research project.
  • To gain a postgraduate certificate you will need to earn 60 credits by studying two core modules (40 credits) and one core or programme optional module (20 credits).
  • To gain a postgraduate diploma you will need to earn 120 credits by studying the four core modules (80 credits) plus one 20 credit optional module. The final 20 credits can either be an APL claim from previous learning or an additional 20 credit optional module from the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.

To be awarded the full MClinRes masters, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits - you’ll study the same modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 80 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules

  • ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
  • ADV715 Project Design for Research
  • MCR701 Applied Qualitative Research Methods
  • MCR702 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
  • MCR703 Research Dissertation

Optional modules

  • ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
  • ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)
  • ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)
  • ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
  • ADV712 Supported Independent Study
  • ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
  • ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
  • MCR706 Systematic Review

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MClinRes Clinical Research programme specification 5540

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Clinical Research - MClinRes/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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