Health Sciences

MRes Clinical and Health Research

The MRes Clinical and Health Research programme is open to all healthcare professionals 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.

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

However, the course is also open to non-clinicians who are involved in clinical research and wish to improve their understanding and abilities.

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.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process:

Intake: 15
Average applicants 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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


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 and teaching

There are a number of learning methods on this masters in clinical and health research programme.

These include: practical sessions, action learning groups, and the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, along with self directed project work.

Modules are delivered in short blocks or on a-day-a-week basis to enable you to work and study at the same time.

The ‘clinical research in practice' and ‘developing research skills' modules will bring the all MRes students together in order to maximise support and shared learning opportunities.

You will be assessed according to your research proposal, critical appraisal of literature, presentations and project reports, as well as your empirical dissertation.

All assignments have been designed to help you to integrate theory and practice - optimising your critical thinking skills and ultimately improving your clinical research skills.

Career Opportunities