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Health SciencesPostgraduate study

MRes Clinical and Health Research

The MRes Clinical and Health Research programme is open to all healthcare professionals and medical, human and social scientists who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills that are central to clinical research.

You can complete this programme over one year full time or up to five years part time, making it a particularly flexible option.

Furthermore, it is a recognised component of the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Academic Careers Training Pathway and the ESRC Social Science Methods for Health Research Doctoral Training Pathway.

Past students on the MRes masters in clinical and health research programme have included: nurses, doctors and midwives, as well as allied healthcare practitioners.


Introducing your degree

The MRes in Clinical and Health Research is a robust and flexible clinical and health research training programme. It is a component of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) clinical academic careers training pathway, offering a route into a clinical academic career, research management role or further research training. Successful completion of this multidisciplinary Master's programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to engage in all aspects of research within clinical, healthcare or academic contexts. It is also suitable for those who do not hold a healthcare qualification but who are working in clinical research environments.

Programme Overview

Level: 7 masters

Duration: one year full time; two to five years part time 

This masters in clinical and health research is designed for people looking for a more senior clinical appointment, leadership roles, a position in research, or an academic role.

It also serves as an excellent prelude to doctoral studies, and will help you develop skills that will assist your personal research activities as well.

At Health Sciences we have a solid reputation for research excellence in a global context, plus state-of-the-art facilities and first class academics; world renowned clinical academics, medical sociologists, health psychologists, epidemiologists and health service researchers teach on our MRES in Clinical & Health Research It is all these things together that help make this one of the leading programmes of its kind anywhere in the world.


View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply to register to undertake the MRes clinical and health research programme using our online application form

In addition to registering for the Masters in Clinical and Health Research, many courses will also require you to separately register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. Please discuss this with the programme leader. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Programme leader: Dr Bronagh Walsh

Deputy programme leader(Clinical Academic Pathway): Dr Cathy Bowen Tel: 02380 597637 Email:

Deputy programme lead (Health Research Pathway): Dr Lucy Brindle Tel: 02380 598526   Email:

Programme Structure

At the outset of your MRes Clinical and Health Research studies you will be given the choice of two pathways: the clinical academic pathway and the health research pathway.

The clinical academic pathway is ideal if you wish to combine clinical practice and research in a career where you become a leader in the undertaking or implementation of research findings.

Alternatively, the health research pathway is the one for you if you are engaged in the management and conduct of research, or wish to pursue this line of work in the future.

The dissertation and clinical research in practice modules represent the core content for all pathways.

If you do not complete the MRes you be eligible for the award of postgraduate diploma in clinical and health research if you have successfully completed modules amounting to 60 ECTS.

Alternatively, you may receive the award of postgraduate certificate in clinical and health research if you have successfully completed modules amounting to 30 ECTS.

Key Facts

Clinical Academic Pathway

For more information visit Clinical Academic pathway webpage

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 15

Average applications per place: 3

A first degree (2.2 Hons or higher) or equivalent, in a relevant subject, from an approved institution of higher education is required to study on this masters course in clinical  and health research. Candidates without a good first degree may be admitted to the programme, but will be expected to provide evidence of suitable professional experience and supportive qualifications. In addition to the above requirements, candidates on the clinical academic pathway would normally have a health professional qualification leading to current registration with the appropriate professional body and/or relevant clinical/professional experience. Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The core modules on the MRes clinical and health research masters course are listed below with one module selected from Faculty of Health Sciences level 7 modules.

To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

Year 1

Please note: All pathways allow the choice of one 10-ECT option module which can be taken from the FoHS portfolio of M-level modules.

  • HLTH6101 Research Methods for Improving Health Services is a required module in the Health Research Pathway.
  • HLTH6116 Developiong Research Skills is a required module in the Clinical Academic Pathway

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning & Assessment


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: Where a module specifies the use of laboratory equipment and materials this will be provided for students to share. However, students may prefer to use their own medical equipment. Medical Equipment and Materials (Fob watch; stethoscopes): Where a module specifies the use of medical equipment this will be provided for students to share. However, students may prefer to use their own medical equipment. Recording Equipment: Where a module specifies the use of recording equipment, equipment will be provided for students to share. However, students may prefer to use their own recording devices such as mobile phones. IT: Computer Discs: Students have access to the University secure computer facilities that have safe back up file storage. However if students choose to work at home on their own computers they are advised to purchase storage devices to back up coursework completed offsite. Software Licenses: Where a module specifies the use of specific software (e.g. SPSS, EndNote) the licenses are available to download through the University iSolutions portal). Lab Coats: Where a module specifies the use of lab coats these will be provided.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
Conference expenses Students funded by NIHR Clinical Academic studentships may be invited to NIHR trainee events; travel and associated costs will be paid for by the student.
OtherParking costs resulting from attendance on the Programme will be paid by students.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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