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Clinical Research  MRes


A knowledge and critical understanding of clinical research methods are becoming increasingly important skills for all professionals in the health, social care and private sectors, where an evidence based approach, supported by academic rigour is crucial to decision making, clinical practice and delivery of integrated services.

The MRes Clinical Research will provide you with training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis from basic to advanced levels as well as provide opportunities to apply this research knowledge to clinical settings.

Why study Clinical Research at City?

  • Develop key work-relevant skills in undertaking clinical academic research
  • Learn from experts in clinical research who are renowned nationally and internationally
  • Produce high quality, publishable research
  • Develop your clinical academic research career and become a leader in your clinical field
  • Gain the knowledge to lead and influence health service delivery and policy.

The MRes Clinical Research supports non-medical healthcare professionals to pursue a clinical academic pathway. The School of Health Sciences has 10 NIHR-funded studentships available for students taking the MRes Clinical Research programme for students starting in September 2016 and in September 2017. The NIHR studentships cover successful applicants' clinical salary and course fees. Read more about the HEE / NIHR MRes.

How Applying to City University London Works

Applications which meet eligibility criteria for the programme will be issued with an offer to study at City University London. Please note that receiving an offer to study does not automatically mean you have a NIHR Studentship. Applicants who meet the City University London entry requirements and NIHR eligibility (please see guidance below) will automatically be considered and interviewed for a studentship (please see date below). If applicants are not successful at gaining a studentship, applicants will need to fund their own studies.

Eligibility for the NIHR Studentship

Applicants must meet NIHR eligibility criteria and are assessed against the entry requirements for City University London (see below).

Dates and Deadlines

The deadline for applicants to be considered for the NIHR studentship are now closed.

For all other remaining applicants, the deadline is Wednesday 31st August 2016 5pm.

Interview for NIHR Studentship Period:

Applicants are advised to hold all of the following days free in their diaries- and will be notified in the first week of May regarding their interview day and time.

  • 9th May
  • 10th May
  • 13th May
  • 20th May

Course Induction Date: 19th September 2016

Course Start Date: 26th September 2016

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Entry Requirements:

Good honours degree, upper second class or equivalent. See 'entry requirements' below for full details.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £8,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Start Date:

The course starts in September each academic year.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution with an upper second class mark or international equivalent in a dissertation.

Applicants should also be registered with a relevant professional body, have at least one year of experience working as a clinician in the health sector and be currently working in a clinical health
care environment.

Applicants who do not have relevant employment experience but have plans for a future career path in clinical academic research may also be considered.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Other Suitable Qualifications

We also consider applications from capable individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but have clear plans for a future career path in clinical academic research.

English Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0.

Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study
Pre-sessional English

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The course will enable you to:

  • Independently design, develop and conduct research relevant to clinical practice
  • Critically appraise current research in the field (evidence based health care)
  • Apply research findings to improve health and the effective delivery of health services in clinical practice
  • Develop a collaborative, inter-disciplinary and ethical approach to your research and work
  • Recognise the applicability and limits of the models and methods you use
  • Increase your confidence in understanding and using applied data analyses methods
  • Apply research knowledge to clinical research as part of a work-based placement learning module.

The course is taught by staff who are expert in a range of research methodologies and the health professions. You will be given the opportunity to explore the application of advanced level research and undertake high quality, publishable research via a dissertation. You will gain the skills to influence and lead health service related delivery, policy and innovation at both population and community levels - enabling you to develop and enhance your career aspirations.

At the School of Health Sciences you will be learning in a unique environment where a modern and interdisciplinary approach to health care is central to the School's ethos.

Course Structure

Postgraduate students are expected to allocate an average of 150 hours of taught and self-directed learning per 15 credit module.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is conducted via a mixture of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, poster presentations, analysis of case studies, worked examples, interactive computer-based exercises, an online VLE and self directed reading.

Formal assessments will be conducted via: essays, a systematic review, a research proposal, critical reviews, written examinations and a research project on an approved topic. In addition, there are short practical assignments throughout the course during sessions.


  • Full-time EU: £8,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.


Funded by the NIHR (National Institute of Health Research), we are offering a limited number of MRes Clinical Research bursaries to health professionals commencing in September 2015. Bursaries will cover salary costs and tuition fees for the duration of the course. Applications for both full-time and part-time enrolment are welcome.

Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for the NIHR bursary.

Career Prospects

The course gives students the research and academic training to become a clinical academic researcher across all health service settings including the NHS, charities, industry, government, private practice and academic and research settings.

You will gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence based practice, and report writing is a career advantage.

MRes Clinical Research graduates may choose to advance to doctoral studies on completion of the programme.

The deadline for applicants to be considered for the NIHR studentship are now closed.

For all other remaining applicants, the deadline is Wednesday 31st August 2016 5pm.

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