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Clinical Research - MRes

Course Description

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.


Students undertake a work-based research placement with a research centre/ unit/ project team of their choosing. The purpose of the placement is to enable the student to develop and refine awareness, knowledge, understanding, experience, and skills in undertaking research in clinical practice. Students identify their own research site, and negotiate mutually beneficial learning objectives for the time period in placement.

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.


Postgraduate students are expected to allocate an average of 150 hours of taught and self-directed learning per 15-credit module. Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary.

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)

Other admission details

Applicants should also be registered with a relevant professional body, have at least one year of experience working as a clinician in the health sector and be currently working in a clinical healthcare environment. Applicants who do not have relevant employment experience but have plans for a future career path in clinical academic research may also be considered. Other Suitable Qualifications: We also consider applications from capable individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but have clear plans for a future career path in clinical academic research.

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

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SHS International Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Health Sciences (SHS), together with the University, has identified Postgraduate Programmes as a priority area for strategic expansion and part of this incentive is to increase the number of international (non-EU) students studying one of the Schools MSc programmes.We are therefore offering a number of SHS International Excellence Scholarships of up to £2,000 for students starting one of our MSc programmes in September 2016 and January 2017.Scholarship awards are confirmed on a rolling basis as applications are received, and you can expect to hear from us whether your scholarship application is successful when you are offered a place on the programme. Decisions will be final and made by a panel led by the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies. The award will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee instalment of a full-time student. For part-time students, half the amount will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee, and half from the September 2017 tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)



This scholarship will be awarded to international postgraduate students showing academic and/or clinical/professional excellence, who are registered full or part-time, on one of the MSc programmes offered by the School of Health Sciences. It is only available to students applying for the full MSc programme (not the PG Cert or PG Diploma). Students cannot be in receipt of more than one scholarship/bursary.

Application Procedure

Applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarship on applying for their course.Awards are competitive and will be awarded for academic and clinical excellence as well as for exceptional innovation in enterprise as evidenced within your personal statement.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution with an upper second-class mark or international equivalent in a dissertation. In addition, we consider applications from individuals with significant clinical experience, who demonstrate the ability to undertake Level 7 academic studies as determined by successful completion of a recognised HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internship. See course description for further admission details.

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