Research course

Clinical Research/Clinical Research (Leadership)

Newcastle University · Faculty of Medical Sciences
MClinResMClinRes(Leadership) PGDip by researchPGCert by research

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject, an MBBS, BDS, or international equivalent. You also need to have a workplace mentor to support you in your studies. We also consider professionals who have an appropriate degree, or equivalent professional qualifications. You must work in a relevant field and have two years’ post-qualification experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our flexible courses allow you to study clinical research in the context of your work. We developed them with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They are ideal for health professionals and clinical research support staff. They also suit education and industry professionals who aspire to become a clinical academic.

Our courses encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research in the context of your professional role. You'll learn about and develop clinical research in your workplace. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course. To do this you will need to nominate a workplace mentor. They will provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. They'll also support your studies, maintaining academic and clinical links throughout the course.

Our staff:

Academics, researchers and NHS clinicians deliver the course. They all have active research programmes in cellular medicine and neuroscience. We also have tutors from NHS research and development teams and local clinical research networks:

•Dr Fraser Birrell (Degree Programme Director, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

•Professor Elaine McColl (Director Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit)

•Dr Rachel Duncan (Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant)

•Professor Julia Newton (Dean of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine).

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

PGDip by research

part time
24 months

PGCert by research

part time
12 months

Further details of qualification

See the on-line pages for clinical research for further details on qualifications.

Course contact details

Rachel Clannachan, Programme Coordinator
+44 (0) 191 208 5199