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Clinical Research student at the University of Manchester

Clinical Research (MClin Res)

Develop your research skills for a clinical setting with our flexible distance learning master's course.

Clinical Research Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Our Clinical Research MClin Res is ideal if you are a health professional looking to develop your skills to advance your clinical career or conduct specific research.

This distance learning course also offers flexibility thanks to the use of online learning and teaching methods, although there is also the opportunity to visit the campus for introductory sessions and study schools.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in contemporary clinical practice contexts, learning from experts in a variety of fields.

We offer the following studentships/scholarships:

  • HEE/NIHR studentships for registered non-medical/dental healthcare professionals;
  • CLAHRC Greater Manchester Nurse Academic Fellowship;
  • overseas scholarships for nurses and midwives.

You can find out more about these at the bottom of this page.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
MClin Res, PGDip Clin Res, PGCert Clin Res
MClin Res: 1 year (FT); 2 years (PT)
Entry requirements
  • An honours first degree (normally 2.1 or above*) in a relevant subject from an approved higher education institution.


  • For part-time students, written support of their employer to attend the programme and to complete any necessary requirements.

* Applicants with a 2:2 honours first degree may be considered on the basis of documented evidence of exceptional innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and publications.  Such evidence must be clearly described in any application.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 0270
How to apply

Fill in our online form to apply for this course.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MClin Res programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary clinical practice contexts.

The programme is particularly aimed at qualified health professionals from a range of disciplines seeking a career in, or currently engaged in clinical research or wishing to pursue a variety of careers where research is a core component. The majority of modules within the course are shared with other students undertaking MSc and MPhil/PhD study.

The course is delivered mainly online but is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and 1 mid-semester study day in both semester 1 and 2.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MClin Res (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £9,000
    International students: £17,000
  • MClin Res (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £4,500 per annum
    International students: £8,500 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £1,800 per annum
    International students: £3,400 per annum
  • PGDip (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £7,200
    International students: £13,600
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,600 per annum
    International students: £6,800 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


HEE/NIHR studentships for Non-Medical/Dental Healthcare Professionals

Ten HEE/NIHR studentships are available per annum. Applications are now open for the 2017 intake in the new year. See the funded studentships page for more information. You will need to download and complete our  application form  (Word, 69KB) to apply. The closing date for applications is  12pm on 31 March 2017 .

CLAHRC Greater Manchester Nurse studentships

Further studentships for Nurses, funded by Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester, are likely to become available in 2017.