Taught course

Clinical Research

The University of Manchester · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

An honours first degree (normally 2:2 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject from an approved higher education institution. NIHR funded studentships require a minimum 2:1 honours degree (no equivalence accepted) or Demonstrable evidence of previous advanced study, research or profession

We require an honours first degree (Upper Second or above) in a relevant subject from an approved higher education institution. We may consider applicants with a Lower Second degree if you include documented evidence of exceptional innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and publications in your application.

For part-time students, we also require written support from your employer to attend the course and complete any necessary requirements.al experience which the School accepts as qualifying the applicant for entry and For part-time students seconded to the course from employment, written support of their employer to attend the programme and to complete any necessary requirements is required. Please see University website for further details.

We also require applicants to have:

  • Two days per week minimum study time for part-time students) or full-time hours availability for full-time students;
  • Consistent computer and IT access;
  • A minimum of a P4 1.6GB PC with 256Mb RAM;
  • A broadband connection (downstream 2Mb, upstream 256k);
  • Windows XP or Vista installed on your PC;
  • A webcam and Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MClin Res Clinical Research course is aimed at nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and other non- medical/dental healthcare professionals who want to work in clinical research, or are already working in this area and want to develop the skills needed for other positions where research plays a key role.

You will develop in-depth knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of clinical research and skills in research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary clinical practice settings.

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

Most of the units that make up this course are shared with other students on master's and postgraduate research programmes at Manchester.

Information for international students

Candidates whose first language is not English must have one of the following:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a score of 6.5 or above in each component
  • TOEFL 623 paper based
  • TOEFL 106 internet based (with a minimum score of 20 in each component)
  • TOEFL 250 computer based
  • GCSE English grade C

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 - 24 months


distance learning
12-24 months


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0270