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Clinical Health Research MRes

  • Full time & Part time available
  • UK/EU £4,110, Non UK/EU £17,910
  • September
  • Full time – minimum 12 months, maximum 2 years; part time – minimum 2 years, maximum 4

Course Description

Funded places

Funded places are available on the Clinical Health Research MRes as part of the National Institute of Health Research programme of Clinical Academic Training for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health professionals. NIHR funding will cover the successful applicants' salary and programme fees.

Deadline for applications to be considered for NIHR Funding – 30th May 2014 for the programme starting in September 2014.


This programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health related research component to their career. Guided by a supervision team you will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management, and research governance.

There is an opportunity to work alongside existing research staff on established research projects. In Nursing and Midwifery we are particularly interested in supporting applicants who wish to research palliative and end of life care across the life span, and in various healthcare settings.

Why study this course

Studying the Clinical Health Research (MRes) will give you research and project management skills that can be used in clinical research projects. You may be motivated to answer a clinical question, improve health, or be seeking to develop your research or academic career. The combination of flexible learning, taught modules and the research thesis makes this a flexible and stimulating programme which gives students skills, awareness and the intellectual discipline required to carry out rigorous, effective, patient centred research. The programme will provide you with support to acquire practical research skills, help you to develop your understanding of Good Clinical Practice in research, and to explore various research methodologies and methods.

You will be supported by a supervisory team in designing your research question, exploring the background to your project, designing rigorous methods, and completing ethical review (as appropriate). Your supervisors will also challenge you to develop your writing and interrogate your assumptions and conclusions.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Clinical Health Research MRes page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

If you have a first degree - A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a healthcare related subject • Registered health professional qualification either with the NMC, GMC, BPS, or HCPC. • Access to a research population • A minimum of 18 months post qualification experience. Where you do not have a first degree - Postgraduate qualification and or experience in a relevant health related area will be considered, evidence of the capability to study at masters level.

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