Department of Medicine

MRes Clinical Research - Clinical Research Design and Management Pathway

Clinical Research Design and Management Pathway

The principal intention of the Clinical Research Design and Management pathway is to create a route into clinical research for Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs) to enable them to design and implement clinical research and independently manage research projects.

The course is now open for October 2014 applications.

  • MRes Clinical Research Design and Management
  • MRes Clinical Research Design and Management

Course details

  • Organising Division: Division of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
  • Course duration: full-time (October 2014 – Sept 2015); part- time (October 2014 – September 2016)
  • Deadline for applications: Places on the course are offered on a rolling basis. Note that the capacity of the course is ca. 12 students.
  • Important notice: In the title of your personal statement, indicate that you are applying for MRes Clinical Research Design and Management.
  • Course fees: 2014/15 entry: Home/EU students - £ 9,300.00 (full-time); £ 4,650.00 (part time). Overseas students: £ 28,500.00 (full-time); £ 14,250.00 (part-time)
  • Enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Fiona Bibby;

Course Directors: Prof Martin Wilkins, Prof Gary Frost
Course Organiser: Mr Shokri Othman

 The programme has been deliberately designed to cover a broad spectrum of clinical specialities including oncology, metabolic medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and neuroscience. While all students will be required to follow this broad curriculum, the opportunity to specialise in one area will be provided through the research project. Students will also be exposed to clinical research in nursing specialities including palliative care, communication, healthcare management and infection control.


  • To provide students with the theoretical aspects of supporting and managing clinical research.
  • To enable students to put the underpinning theory into practice by contributing to clinical research, taking responsibility for a project and producing a project report.
  • To give students the opportunity to obtain an understanding of research methodologies by studying in a World-leading clinical research environment.
  • To contribute to the College’s commitment to continuing professional development for NHS staff as part of the Academic Health Science Centre partnership.
  • Familiarise students with the challenges facing research in healthcare and translating evidence into practice.

Employment Prospects

Course Organiser Shokri Othman with a selection of the 2011 graduating students.

Course Organiser Shokri Othman with a selection of the 2011 graduating students.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in clinical research in the NHS, Academia or Industry, or to undertake employment as Clinical Trial Coordinators, Clinical Research Associates or Experimental Medicine Nurses in Research and Development. There is an expectation that a number of students will go on to publish their work and pursue PhD programmes and eventually establish academic careers.

Entry Requirements

The course is designed to cater for UKand international students with a background in nursing and allied health professions. An upper second class Honors is preferred.

Students with an undergraduate diploma with substantial work experience would also be considered. Such students are likely to be required to complete an entrance exam. The deadline for completion of all paperwork is generally July 1st each year, so please submit your application early.


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