Taught course

Clinical Research

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

First class honours or 2:1 in first degree relevant to nursing, midwifery and AHP, plus professional registration as nurse/midwife/therapist.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Clinical Research course aims to fully equip nurses, midwives, medical practitioners and allied health professionals with the skills and critical understanding to manage and deliver research in diverse clinical settings, in collaboration with NHS partners and service users, and focussed on improving patient experiences and outcomes. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to draw on their own professional practice, culture and geographies. The course has been closely mapped against professional competencies and Research Council guidelines.

Aims of the programme
On completing this programme, successful students would be expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of clinical research theory and practice including philosophical foundations of enquiry and knowledge production; conceptualisation; the research process; research design; methodologies; methods; and data analysis appropriate to research within chosen clinical subject areas;
  • Demonstrate a nuanced and critical application of clinical research processes e.g. selection of specific methodologies, sampling, data collection and analysis;
  • Demonstrate critical and reflexive appreciation of quality assurance issues in the conduct of clinical research e.g. validity, reliability, trustworthiness, rigour and authenticity;
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore and analyse complex data sets using appropriate qualitative or quantitative approaches, with full cognisance of the capabilities and limitations of such data;
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the significance of embedding a wide range of stakeholder knowledge and experience throughout the whole research process as a means of facilitating translation and transformation in practice; and,
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the processes of research management and governance within the context of clinical practice.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

0191 243 7900