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The MRes Clinical Research provides training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis for application in clinical settings.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for students who wish to develop their quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis, from basic to advanced levels to advance their careers and become leaders in their clinical field.


Knowledge and critical understanding of clinical research methods are becoming increasingly important skills for all professionals in the health, social care and private sectors, where an evidence based approach, supported by academic rigour is crucial to decision making, clinical practice and delivery of integrated services.

The MRes Clinical Research will provide you with training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis from basic to advanced levels as well as provide opportunities to apply this research knowledge to clinical settings.

We will enable you to produce high quality, publishable research and give you the skills and knowledge to develop your clinical academic research career to become a leader in your clinical field.

You will learn from experts in clinical research who are renowned nationally and internationally.


In your second term, you will undertake a work-based research placement with a research centre or project team You will identify your research centre or site through your existing clinical networks. In some instances we may be able to offer support if you are seeking a placement in the fields of health services research, midwifery, nursing or  language and communication science research.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is conducted via a mixture of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, poster presentations, analysis of case studies, worked examples, interactive computer-based exercises, an online VLE and self-directed reading.


Formal assessments will be conducted via: essays, a systematic review, a research proposal, critical reviews, written examinations and a research project on an approved topic.

In addition, there are short practical assignments throughout the course during sessions.


You will be expected to allocate an average of 150 hours of taught and self-directed learning per 15-credit module.

Alternatively, you can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please visit our CPPD pages.

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Advanced research methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced research methods for  applied data analysis (15 credits)
  • Work-based clinical, research placement (15 credits)
  • The application of research in clinical settings (15 credits)
  • Clinical research dissertation (90 credits)

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

As a student on this course you will receive the research and academic training to become a clinical academic researcher across all health service settings including the NHS, charities, industry, government, private practice and academic and research settings.

You will gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence based practice, and report writing is a career advantage.

MRes Clinical Research graduates may also choose to advance to doctoral studies on completion of the programme.

Visit the Clinical Research - MRes page on the City, University of London website for more details!





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