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MRes Clinical and Health Research

Secure your passport to a clinical academic career, research management role, or further research training with our interdisciplinary MRes programme. Aimed at healthcare practitioners, it is a component of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical academics training pathway and will equip you with the skills and knowledge to engage in all aspects of clinical, healthcare or academic research. It is ideal if you are working in a clinical research environment but don’t hold a healthcare qualification or as preparation for clinical academic doctoral fellowship applications.

Introducing your course

The MRes in Clinical and Health Research is a robust and flexible clinical and health research training programme. You can complete the course over one year full time or up to five years part time, making it a particularly flexible option. Past students have included nurses, doctors and midwives, as well as allied healthcare practitioners.

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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 for this course for 2019/20 entrants

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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 Tel: 023 8059 7991  Email:

Programme Structure

The dissertation and clinical research in practice modules represent the required content.

Exit Awards

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

NIHR funding

The NIHR MRes Studentship scheme closed in 2017. From 2018, the NIHR will be introducing a Pre-Doctoral Personal Award scheme. Applications for these awards will be direct to the NIHR. Please follow this link to the NIHR Trainee Co-ordinating Centre webpage for further information about the scheme.

If you wish to discuss the application to the scheme, and in particular supervision, for your pre-doctoral or doctoral award, please contact Dr Ruth Turk. Please also see the Health Sciences Research Groups webpage:

If you wish to undertake some or all of the MRes programme as a component of a pre-doctoral award, please contact Dr Bronagh Walsh (Programme Lead) for information about module options and costs.

Typical entry requirements


A UK 2:2 Hons degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, 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.  Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.

Selection process

Intake: 15

Average applications per place: 3

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable.


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

Typical course content

The required modules on the MRes Clinical and Health Research masters course are listed below with one module selected from the Faculty of Health Sciences level 7 modules.

You can view a full list of individual modules on the cpd course page.

Year 1

The programme requires the successful completion of 90 ECTS credits.  Modules normally consist of 10 ECTS credits plus one dissertation module of 30 ECTS.  In addition to the required modules, you will be able to choose one option module from the Faculty's portfolio of M-level modules.


HLTH6110 Applied Qualitative Research Methods

HLTH6111 Applied Quantitative Research Methods

HLTH6190 Conducting Clinical and Health Research

HLTH6192 Design and Methods for Clinical and Health Research

HLTH6059 MSc Dissertation

HLTH6191 Planning Clinical and Health Research



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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Clinical and Health ResearchMRes2020Full-time£9,250£23,136
Clinical and Health ResearchMRes2020Part-time£4,625not offered
Clinical and Health ResearchPostgraduate Diploma2020Part-timetbc by UKR&I March 2020not offered
Clinical and Health ResearchPostgraduate Certificate2020Part-timetbc by UKR&I March 2020not offered
View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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

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 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.

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