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Course summary

Taught by methodological and health practitioner experts, this intensive MRes course will build your confidence and expertise in leading research in healthcare settings. You will gain in-depth understanding and skills across a breadth of research methods, laying the groundwork for a career as a healthcare researcher. The programme focuses on formal training in research methods for evidence based practice and on applied data analysis, including quantitative and qualitative research and statistical analysis. Through the allocation of a University-based supervisor and a practice-based clinical mentor, you will be prepared for the conceptual, methodological, ethical and logistical challenges faced by all researchers. Under the guidance of methodological and profession specific experts, the course will provide the opportunity to explore the application of advanced-level research. You will undertake high quality, publishable research, that can be used to influence and lead health service related delivery, policy and innovation. This course is for anyone interested in leading research in healthcare settings. Students will be able to tailor their research training to their field through a wide range of electives delivered by academics with expertise in public health, mental health, health management, health technology, health policy and leadership. The course will lay the groundwork for advancement to clinical research leadership roles or doctoral studies.


Core modules Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis-online module (30 credits) Advanced Research Methods (15 credits) Work-based Clinical Research Placement (15 credits) Application of Research in Clinical Settings (15 credits) Elective module (15 credits) Choose from a wide range, including (indicative list): Commissioning for Health and Social Care; Engaging Technology; Evaluation; Global Health; Health Economics; Health Policy; International Health Systems; Leading Change; Professional Leadership; Public Health.

Assessment method

You will learn through discussions with peers in tutorials and with expert practitioner researchers, and through work-based learning during your clinical research placement. Assessment methods vary by module and include: written essays, reports, in-class tests, a portfolio and critical reflection on clinical research placement work, a written report from the clinical research mentor, and a dissertation comprising two articles in publication format. These different assessment methods are designed to allow you to demonstrate your ability to understand, communicate and critically appraise research methods and the research process for different audiences and in different contexts. The diverse range of assessment modes will also ensure that learners can draw on their own strengths and educational backgrounds during the assessment process. Please see individual module specifications for further information.

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have: An honours degree, minimum 2:2 or equivalent An upper second class or higher mark in undergraduate or postgraduate dissertation would normally be expected In addition, we welcome applications from individuals with significant clinical experience, who do not meet the above admission criteria but do demonstrate the ability to undertake Level 7 academic studies, for example documented evidence of exceptional innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects or publications, or successful completion of a recognised HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internship. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications from clinicians working in the health sector will be prioritised; however this is not an essential requirement. Applications can be made in conjunction with an application for an NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship or a HARP Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £11460 Whole course
Northern Ireland £11460 Whole course
Scotland £11460 Whole course
Wales £11460 Whole course
EU £14330 Whole course
International £14330 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Clinical Research at City, University of London - UCAS