Taught course

Clinical Research

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

  • An Honours first degree (normally 2.1 or above) in a relevant subject from an approved HEI;
  • GCSE grade ‘C’ or equivalent in Mathematics;
  • International English Language Testing System grade 7 or above with no sub-score lower than 6.5 (if applicable). Additional entry criteria for students applying for funding from the ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professions:
  • Current registration in a profession eligible for the ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professions.
  • Written support of their employer to attend the programme and complete any necessary requirements;
  • At least one year experience of post-registration clinical practice. Applicants to the ICA programme must both belong to one of the professions listed and hold registration with the listed professional body/council by the proposed award start date. Prospective applicants who do not meet these criteria but belong to a statutorily registered profession, are a graduate (or have equivalent experience), and provide NHS services in England may be granted special dispensation to apply but must seek confirmation of eligibility from the NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre before beginning an application. Desirable characteristics include the ability to:
  • Demonstrate engagement with research;
  • Demonstrate commitment to using research evidence to improve clinical practice;
  • Articulate the anticipated benefit to their future career from completing this Masters programme. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis and will be interviewed by a panel including senior researchers, senior clinicians, NHS Managers and Patient, Public and Carer representatives to determine their suitability for the course and (depending on the outcome of our current bid to the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme) NIHR funding.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Clinical Research course is the only MClinRes available in the UK North West Coast and the only campus-based programme in the North West of England.

Designed to equip health and social care practitioners with the skills to design and lead high quality clinical research, you’ll be taught by a team of internationally renowned researchers with over 15 years’ experience of successful delivery of Masters in Research programmes.

Join a vibrant community of clinicians at different stages on the NIHR funded clinical academic pathway - interns, doctoral and postdoctoral students and career development fellows. Including clinical research experience, you’ll experience supported development and implementation of a strategy for developing an application for an NIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship.

Qualification and course duration


full time
1 months
part time
2-5 months

Course contact details

Health CPD
+44 (0)1772 893836/3839