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MRes Clinical and Health Research

Course Description

This Masters by Research (MRes) programme in the clinical and health and social care disciplines focuses on the production of a substantial piece of work in a chosen specialist area of interest which is negotiated upon entry to the course.

The course will equip you with extensive knowledge and understanding of the research process, research methods and methodologies. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a deep and advanced knowledge of your specialist topic of study while engaging in independent research practice to a high standard.

This will ultimately translate into you designing, delivering and evaluating a research project from inception to successful completion, with the support and guidance of experts in clinical practice.


You will develop a critical understanding of evidence-based practice and research methodologies and acquire the ability to evaluate, synthesise, generate and disseminate the findings of research.

The programme encourages you to extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your specialist area of work. You will also develop high levels of autonomy and advanced decision-making skills, applying these within your specialist area of practice.


This MRes begins with two distinct 30-credit clinical research modules which cover advanced critical appraisal skills and clinical research methods.

These modules are undertaken at the start of the programme in order to develop your research skill-set and advance your knowledge of best practice, as well as enhance the techniques most relevant and useful to your research proposal.

On completion of the two opening modules you will have acquired an advanced understanding of how to develop, manage and conduct your dissertation. The remaining two-thirds of the programme are then devoted to undertaking specialist study in your chosen subject area, culminating in a written thesis.


Initially, you will attend classes in clinical research methods and project design, development, planning and management.

Thereafter, the programme is primarily delivered by individually tailored supervision from one or two specialist tutors, with regular meetings taking place either face-to-face or online.


The taught clinical research modules are assessed by critiquing a clinical and health research paper (written and oral presentation) and by the development of a research proposal. This proposal can then feed into the dissertation which is assessed through completion of a 25,000-word thesis and a viva voce examination.


The programme has been developed in response to drivers that require professionals in health and social care to develop an evidence-based approach to practice.

An MRes qualification will significantly enhance your CV and improve your future employment prospects while also equipping you with an array of research skills to help develop your professional practice.

The skills and experience acquired through an MRes programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.


The MRes provides a stepping stone for research leading to an MPhil or PhD.

Visit the MRes Clinical and Health Research page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should have a first class or upper second class honours degree in a cognate subject area or discipline. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree classification may be admitted. Overseas applicants will be expected to demonstrate IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Each applicant will be required to submit a 500-word research proposal outlining the intended focus of their MRes studies and demonstrating their enthusiasm and commitment towards the proposed subject. A formal registration interview/viva will be held for each candidate.

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