Taught course

Clinical Research Methods

University of Leeds · School of Healthcare

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) + current registration.
  • Current professional registration
  • A minimum of one year’s experience in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate development in current clinical practice or research

The applicant and manager need to provide a supporting statement setting out how the applicant would use their skills for the development of their clinical research career. This statement will form a contract between the student and employer specifying what is expected upon successful completion of the Masters course.

Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning exist through the School's credit accumulation and transfer procedures.

Months of entry


Course content

Clinical Research Methods MSc is a funded programme for health professionals (not medical or dental), specifically designed to meet the requirements of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. The programme provides clinical research training, which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning understanding for research management positions in the NHS.

The programme is designed to be student-centred. You’ll be able to shape your learning to specific training needs and clinical settings through your choice of optional modules, focus of assessment and clinically-focused research dissertation.

You'll develop your learning and understanding of clinical research in a stimulating, multi-professional environment, alongside PhD scholars and Masters students. The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

Compulsory modules give you a firm foundation in theoretical and applied research methods form a range of perspectives. The range of optional modules allows you to develop specific knowledge and skills to enhance your dissertation and your research skills after completion of the programme. The 12,000-word dissertation you produce towards the end of your studies, allows you to develop in-depth and applied clinical research knowledge and skills in an area of importance related to your clinical area. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Most modules are delivered as full-day blocks, allowing you to plan your time. We expect full-time students to study at least 37.5 hours per week and part-time students 18.5 hours, whether on or off campus.

Your academic supervisor will help you identify your academic training needs. You'll also be supported by your personal tutor

Information for international students

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Healthcare Admissions Team.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,000 (total)
International students
£19,750 (total)

Bursaries - UK nationals only

Each place is supported by a bursary to meet the programme fees of £10,000 (paid to the University) and full backfill paid to the student’s employer (NHS organisation).

Please note: although this MSc is open to international applicants, the bursaries are only open to national applicants, as they are provided by a national scheme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

0113 343 1347