Research course

Clinical Research Doctorate

University of Exeter · Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be experienced registered healthcare practitioners working within a healthcare or academic setting. Please contact us for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

This Professional Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes) has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles. It is a a unique collaboration between CEDAR, Psychology and the University of Exeter Medical School

The programme includes advanced training in clinical research leadership skills and organisational practice, and is underpinned by the Medical Research Council’s mixed methods Complex Interventions Research Framework. The Doctorate offers participants the opportunity to complete a Service Related Research Project linked to their area of practice allowing them to evaluate their local clinical service. In addition, participants undertake a Major Clinical Research Project related to their area of practice and aligned with the strategic aims within their local service and organisation.

The programme is based on the latest guidance for research which investigates how to develop and determine the components, efficacy, effectiveness, applicability and translational utility of complex healthcare interventions for complex interventions in medicine. It integrates investigative methods for complex interventions through a mixed methodological process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community.

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44(0) 1392 722149