University of Central Lancashire

Degree level: Postgraduate

Clinical Research (Taught)

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Course summary

Course overview

  • Our programme equips health and social care practitioners with the skills to design and lead high quality clinical research. This is the only course of its kind on the UK North West Coast, and the only campus based programme in the North West of England.
  • Our networking links include: undertaking collaborative research projects, editorial work on international journals, social media networking and lobbying for changes in policy. We’ll share these links and support you in developing your own networks.
  • You’ll undertake a dissertation module and one option for this is the production of an application for a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship. By choosing this option, you’ll have a ready-made application to progress to the next stage of the ICA programme career pathway.
  • Core modules are designed to develop and assess your ability to develop research bids suitable for submission to a funding body.
Why study with us
  • You’ll be taught by a team of internationally renowned researchers with over 15 years’ experience of successful research delivery.
  • Join a vibrant community of clinicians at different stages on their NIHR funded clinical academic pathway – including interns, doctoral and postdoctoral students and career development fellows.
  • You’ll learn through sharing and critically reflecting on examples from ongoing real-world research in the School. This will be a direct call to action for the reader and direct them a relevant action – such as applying, booking for an open day etc.
Further information Further information on our national and international negotiated learning contracts:
  • National focus:  you’ll be required to gain insight and experience via engagement (approximately 8 hours in total) with a different setting. This will add depth and breadth of understanding to your proposed area of research. This could involve a visit to a different clinical setting to examine practice or a visit to a setting within the University with opportunities for learning.
  • International focus:  you’ll be expected to make appropriate international links. Level of engagement could range from observer status through to full engagement. You could join an international research planning or steering group meeting. Other options could involve engaging in international editorial board meetings.

Course details


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). 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 (if applicable) NIHR CLAHRC NWC funding.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £867 Module
Northern Ireland £867 Module
Scotland £867 Module
Wales £867 Module

Additional fee information

See our course page for current fee information.
Clinical Research at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS