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Course overview

  • Develop your research skills if you are a health professional looking to advance your career or conduct specific research.
  • Apply for one of a number of studentships to help you meet the cost of this course if you meet our criteria.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK for health subjects (THE World University Rankings 2018).
  • Learn when it suits you through our distance learning approach, which is complemented by occasional visits to our campus.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MClin Res (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MClin Res (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £9,250 per annum
  • PGDip (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600 
  • International students (per annum): £14,800
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £7,400 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,900 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £3,700 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.

Scholarships/sponsorships

NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships offer successful candidates backfill and fees to undertake MClinRes or other master's level study and to prepare a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship application.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a score of 6.5 or above in each component
  • TOEFL 623 paper based
  • TOEFL 106 internet based (with a minimum score of 20 in each component)
  • TOEFL 250 computer based
  • GCSE English grade C 

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

We also require applicants to have:

  • two days per week minimum study time for part-time students) or full-time hours availability for full-time students;
  • consistent computer and IT access;
  • a minimum of a P4 1.6GB PC with 256Mb RAM;
  • a broadband connection (downstream 2Mb, upstream 256k);
  • Windows XP or Vista installed on your PC;
  • a webcam and Skype.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Teaching and learning

The course content is primarily delivered online, giving you more flexibility over how you learn. You will also attend two four-day introductory and winter study schools and two mid-semester study days, allowing you to learn face-to-face and meet other students and staff at Manchester.

We use digital technology to ensure our supervision of and communications with students meet the high standards required for the learning process to work. This includes:

  • individual and group web-based audio-visual tutorials;
  • web-based collaboration areas and discussion boards
  • shared digital documents;
  • online, phone and face-to-face support from supervisors and academic advisors;
  • peer support through course-specific discussion boards and face-to-face meetings.

Find out more about postgraduate teaching and learning at Manchester.

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.

Course unit details

Our MClin Res  comprises six taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a 90-credit dissertation unit comprising a thesis derived from the undertaking of a supervised, clinical research project.

The PGDip Clin Res  comprises six taught units from (90 academic credits in total) and a mini-dissertation (30 academic credits).

The PGCert Clin Res  comprises four taught units (60 academic credits in total).

Year 1

Full-time study

Six taught units in the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Research design
  • Managing research in the clinical setting OR Foundations of research
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Part-time study

Four taught units from the following areas:

  • Research design
  • Managing research in the clinical setting OR Foundations of research
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Year 2

Part-time study

Two taught units from the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Career opportunities

This course is predominantly aimed at health professionals who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in clinically focused research.

It is aimed at those who wish to pursue clinical/academic research careers eg research nurses, clinical trials coordinators and principal investigators.

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


Visit the MClin Res Clinical Research page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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