Full-time: one year; Part-time: two years (can be studied between 2 and 5 years)
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Our MSc Clinical Research course is the only MClinRes available in the UK North West Coast and the only campus-based programme in the North West of England. Designed to equip health and social care practitioners with the skills to design and lead high quality clinical research, you’ll be taught by a team of internationally renowned researchers with over 15 years’ experience of successful delivery of Masters in Research programmes. Join a vibrant community of clinicians at different stages on the NIHR funded clinical academic pathway - interns, doctoral and postdoctoral students and career development fellows. Including clinical research experience, you’ll experience supported development and implementation of a strategy for developing an application for an NIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship.
Desirable characteristics include the ability to:
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.
Semester 2 and 3
Semester 2 and 3
*Can be studied between 2 and 5 years
A unique feature of this MSc will be our commitment to extending your networks beyond your existing local and national links. Successful research careers are founded on sound networks and well-established working relationships: you will build these foundations and establish a presence within the global community. Across the contributing Schools, our staff have diverse and extensive clinical-research links in many different countries. Links include undertaking collaborative research projects, editorial work on international journals, social media networking and lobbying for changes in policy. We will share these links and support you in developing your own networks.
We will do this through the use of negotiated learning contracts:
You will be encouraged to take full advantage of all the opportunities provided within our thriving postgraduate research community.
The School hosts frequent research seminars, including presentations from international experts as part of our Distinguished Visitor Programme. We host regular national and international conferences, both discipline specific (eg normal childbirth) and methodological (eg Health Research with Real Impact). You will be supported to present at these alongside national and international speakers.
Our Health Research Methodology and Implementation Hub (HeRMI) aims to develop research methodology and capacity across eight ‘spokes’ (including systematic review, clinical trials and health economics). You will be encouraged to join one or more ‘spokes’ and engage in relevant methodological activities.
If you would like to discuss the entry requirements or ask any questions about the course, please contact the
Course Leader, Dr Lois Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)1772 893643.
Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
A limited number of bursaries (part fees) will be available to applicants from the NIHR CLAHRC NWC partner organisations. Funding may also be available through the NHS CPD contract (Service Level Agreement).
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
Modes of assessment have been carefully designed to facilitate transferable skills including those identified in Vitae (https://www.vitae.ac.uk/) and the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), for example academic literacy and numeracy.
CLINICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
You’ll be allocated a clinical mentor within your organisation and will undertake a programme of clinical research work for one day per week (full-time students) or half a day per week (part-time students). You will be encouraged to research a topic relevant to your organisation’s research agenda for the dissertation component of the course, providing a springboard for conducting further research within your organisation post-qualification.
You will be supported to develop and implement a strategy for developing your application for an NIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship in line with the HEE (2014) mandate objective of “developing a workforce skilled for research and innovation”. This will include networking widely with relevant local, national and international experts in your topic to refine your ideas and relevant methodological development.
Core modules are designed to develop and assess your ability to develop research bids suitable for submission to a funding body. Practical experience of this process will give you the skills and confidence to engage with the HEE/NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.
One option on the dissertation module will be the production of an application for an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship. By choosing this option you will have a ready-made application to progress to the next stage of the ICA programme career pathway.