Clinical Health Research MRes

This programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health related research component to their career. Guided by a supervision team you will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management, and research governance.

There is an opportunity to work alongside existing research staff on established research projects. In Nursing and Midwifery we are particularly interested in supporting applicants who wish to research palliative and end of life care across the life span, and in various healthcare settings. 

Why study this course

Studying the Clinical Health Research (MRes) will give you research and project management skills that can be used in clinical research projects. You may be motivated to answer a clinical question, improve health, or be seeking to develop your research or academic career. The combination of flexible learning, taught modules and the research thesis makes this a flexible and stimulating programme which gives students skills, awareness and the intellectual discipline required to carry out rigorous, effective, patient centred research. The programme will provide you with support to acquire practical research skills, help you to develop your understanding of Good Clinical Practice in research, and to explore various research methodologies and methods.

You will be supported by a supervisory team in designing your research question, exploring the background to your project, designing rigorous methods, and completing ethical review (as appropriate). Your supervisors will also challenge you to develop your writing and interrogate your assumptions and conclusions.


You will study 3 taught modules (20 M level credits each) and submit a thesis which reports your research project findings (nominally 120M level credits).
Compulsory modules (2x20 M level credits)

The taught modules provide opportunity for flexible learning, with the Research Methods and Programme Management and Research Governance both delivered online. The Developing Evidence Based Practice is delivered on campus.

You will select one option module from those on offer (20 M level credits), for example:

Related staff

Fees and funding


Home/EU students
MRes - £4110

International students
MRes - £17,910

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

If you have a first degree:

  • A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a healthcare related subject

If you do not have a first degree:

  • Postgraduate qualification and or experience in a relevant health related area will be considered
  • Evidence of the capability to study at masters level

All applicants must have:

  • Current registration with an appropriate healthcare regulatory body (e.g. NMC, GMC, BPS or HCPC
  • Access to a research population
  • A minimum of 18 months post qualification experience
  • Two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and academic capabilities
  • Transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate)

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

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Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

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  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

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