Clinical Research

Key information

Start date: October 2018
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our MRes degrees in Clinical Research equip you with the knowledge and skills to undertake valuable research within one of four distinct areas. The principal goal is to provide a thorough grounding in cutting-edge clinical research, with a strong focus on your chosen pathway.

The programme provides a structured approach to developing knowledge and skills which will enable you to develop your own research portfolio or assist in the management of an existing portfolio.

You will gain an understanding of research methodologies by studying in a world-leading research environment.

These degrees provide knowledge and understanding of key topics including clinical trial design, the critical pathway for drug development, statistics, good clinical practice and critical appraisal.

You will be equipped with management and communication skills, including problem-solving, project design, decision process, teamwork, written and oral reports and scientific publications.

The primary aim of the programme is to equip you with the theoretical aspects of supporting and managing clinical research.

Study programme

You begin with four taught modules, each held across one-week, and assessed by four exams and one piece of coursework. Then, you move on to your pathway module. The research project is a 10,000 word piece undertaken throughout the programme and assessed by a viva voce in the final month.

Choosing your pathway

You choose a pathway when applying to this course, and graduate with the relevant award below:

  • MRes Clinical Research (Diabetes and Obesity)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Human Vaccinology)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Translational Medicine)

All students complete the majority of the taught modules together; the opportunity to specialise in their area of interest is provided through a pathway specific taught module and extensively through the research element of the programme.

Each pathway is covered in greater detail in the structure section of this page.

Careers

The careers open to graduates will vary depending on which pathway is chosen. Graduates have progressed to employment within research, for example clinical trials and the food industry.

Others have continued careers and sought promotion within the health sector. A large number progress to PhD scholarships. These degrees are ideal for those wishing to progress to a PhD studentship or a research based role within the NHS.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Choosing your pathway

Diabetes and Obesity

This pathway uses the core modules to provide a grounding in governance, statistics, critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics, first time in human studies, biomarkers, surrogate endpoints and conducting research in challenging situations.

Then, you have the opportunity to turn your focus to Diabetes and Obesity through the pathway module. The module evaluates recent research advances in the management and treatment of diabetes and obesity, including appetite regulation.

The pathway module introduces modern investigative techniques including MRI and metabolomics and will provide a deep understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of both types of diabetes, and obesity.

You will extensively cover topics related to your pathway in your research project, which can be carried out in either clinical or laboratory settings.

Overall, you gain skills in identifying patients with diabetes and obesity and their associated risk factors. You also build your skills in critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation in relation to diabetes and obesity research.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios 
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Conduct and Governance 
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Diabetes and Obesity

Human Nutrition

This pathway uses the core modules to provide a grounding in governance, statistics, critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics, first time in human studies, biomarkers, surrogate endpoints and conducting research in challenging situations.

Then, you have the opportunity to turn your focus to Human Nutrition through the pathway module. The module ensures you gain skills in measuring diet, nutritional status and appetite.  You also build your skills of critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation in relation to nutrition research.

You will extensively cover topics related to your pathway in your research project, which can be carried out in either clinical or laboratory settings.

Overall, you receive greater insight into the academic; clinical and practical; and regulatory requirements of human nutrition research and will introduce the latest in cutting edge research.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios 
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Conduct and Governance 
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Human Nutrition

Human Vaccinology

The main aim of the pathway is to introduce you to the challenges of research conducted during design and development of vaccines against human infectious diseases.

This pathway takes advantage of the established core modules of the MRes programme. The opportunity for you to streamline your focus within the area of Human Vaccinology is provided through specialist teaching during the pathway module and in particular within the research project.

The project will provide an opportunity to gain basic laboratory experience in research methods, or epidemiology/statistical techniques as applied to vaccines.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios 
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Conduct and Governance 
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Human Vaccinology

Translational Medicine

This pathway uses the core modules to provide a grounding in governance, statistics, critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics, first time in human studies, biomarkers, surrogate endpoints and conducting research in challenging situations.

Then, you have the opportunity to turn your focus to Translational Medicine through the pathway module. The pathway module will introduce the challenges of research in non-drug interventional research, including regenerative medicine and devices and illustrate the use of humans as an experimental animal. You will also have the opportunity to investigate why drugs fail in development.

The pathway module ensures you are able to discuss the special considerations around how a range of non-drug interventions are developed for human health. You will appreciate the possibilities for using humans as volunteers to understand disease mechanisms and drug action through challenge studies.

You will extensively cover topics related to your pathway in your research project, which can be carried out in either clinical or laboratory settings.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios 
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Conduct and Governance 
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Translational Medicine

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Interactive workshops
  • Journal clubs
  • Online modules
  • Student presentations

Project learning

  • Group meetings
  • Mock poster presentations
  • Oral presentations
  • Project reports
  • Research proposal

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Thesis
  • Viva voce

Assessment information

  • Taught element (2 exams and 1 piece of coursework) — 30%
  • Research element (10,000 word research project and viva voce) — 70%

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Full-time £10,600
Part-time £5,300 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Full-time £32,500
Part-time £16,250 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree in medicine or life sciences.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You initially apply for MRes Clinical Research and specify in your application which stream you would like to study.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Contact us

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Got a question?

Fiona Bibby – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 3313 6114
E: f.bibby@imperial.ac.uk

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