Clinical Health Research MRes

Start date
September
Duration
Full time, part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Combined research and taught, Taught
Fees

2019/20:
Home/EU
MRes - £4,320 (FT),  £2,160 (PT)

Overseas
MRes - £21,420

More details on fees and funding

 

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.

 

New funding opportunity for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs

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If you are planning to complete a PhD and are looking for funding then this prestigious pre-doctorate fellowship could be what you are looking for (this can include Masters level modules or programmes).

To find about the HEE/NIHR scheme use the link below or contact Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen for more information and support.

 Find out more   

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.

Modules

You will study 4 taught modules (20 M level credits each) and submit a Thesis which reports your research project findings (nominally 100M level credits).

The taught modules provide opportunity for flexible learning, with the Programme Management and Research Governance module delivered online.

Compulsory modules (3x20 M level credits)

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

  • Thesis (100 M level credits)

Students intending to gain the MRes qualification undertake a research project equivalent in effort to 100 taught credits and submit a Thesis comprising of the following elements: a formative assessment (3,000 word research proposal) and three summative assessed elements (4,000 word Literature Review, 6,000 word Research Article, and a 2,500 word Reflective Report).  

Fees

Fees

2019/20:
Home/EU 
MRes - £4,320 FT - £2,160 PT

Overseas
MRes - £21,420

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

Learn more about fees and funding.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

You can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

Scholarships 

New funding opportunity for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs

Nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists seeking to undertake support for research training can apply for the HEE/NIHR Integrated clinical academic (ICA) training programme. This programme is designed especially for clinicians working in NHS organisation (or health and social care organisation who deliver services for NHS patients) who wish to develop their research skills whilst remaining clinically active. They are competitive awards and usually open for applications once per year closing in April.  If you want to find out more about these programmes contact Professor Annie Topping and/or if based in the West Midlands would like to know about the Research Internships (CAIP) and Bridging Fellowships (MDBP or PDRF)  see here and contact the Birmingham Health Partners Integrated Clinical Academic Team  on clinicalacademics@uhb.nhs.uk

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.

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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Our Standard 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 Requirements



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).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

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.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. 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. For more information visit the Careers Network website