Taught course

Clinical Research

University of Brighton · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall, 6.5 in writing. Degree and/or experience: This course is open to allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in clinical practice. Applicants will hold current registration with an appropriate regulatory body and meet NHS Trust workforce requirements. Normally they will have a first or upper second class degree in their area of professional practice and have a least one year of clinical practice experience (or part time equivalent). Candidates will normally be working in an NHS Trust which is prepared to maintain a relationship with the student during the course, in particular to provide an environment for the student to undertake their clinical research project.

Months of entry


Course content

There is increasing demand for high quality clinical research to underpin practice, and exciting new career pathways are available for suitably qualified practitioners to lead and develop this research provision.

This course is based in the vibrant research environment of the Clinical Research Centre and provides broad clinical research training for allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in a clinical environment. The course is suitable for clinicians wishing to pursue a clinical academic career and conforms with the NIHR framework for this level of study. Clinicians will be prepared for a leadership role in research and may be able to progress to doctoral-level studies.

The course is based in the Clinical Research Centre and is delivered in partnership with the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students who meet the entry requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

NIHR MRes Clinical Research or a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship award

In response to the call from Health Education for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HE KSS) to further develop local research capacity and capability, the University of Brighton (Schools of Health Professions/Nursing and Midwifery) are delighted to be able to offer a funded bespoke research training programme for AHPs, nurses and midwives in the South East region.

This programme will provide academic and research support to meet the needs of practitioners (with or without a doctorate) who wish to further their research knowledge and skills. The programme may be developed to enable a practitioner to get a research study up and running; it may be used to helpdevelop an application for an NIHR funded MRes (Clinical Research) award, or may be used to provide advice and guidance on writing an application for an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship award. Suitable candidates will design a bespoke programme, in liaison with their tutor, to ensure it meets their specific needs.

Applicants will provide their CV along with a rationale for funding. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a capability to maximise the benefits to themselves, their organisation and the university. A panel will review the applications and determine the level of funding. The award will be variable depending on the needs of the individual and total funding available. The maximum award for any one individual will be £5000.

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis and are encouraged to have an informal chat with Dr Nikki Petty (N.J.Petty@brighton.ac.uk) for AHPs or Dr Nina Dunne (N.Dunne@brighton.ac.uk) for nurses and midwives prior to submitting an application.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


full time
18 months
part time
24-72 months


full time
18 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Dr Nikki Petty
01273 643772