MRes Clinical Research

Equipping students with the theoretical aspects of supporting and managing clinical research

Key information

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date
October 2016

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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The MRes in Clinical Research is a research-based umbrella programme comprised of three pathways:

All pathways are offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

All students complete the majority of the taught element 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.

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

Programme structure

  • Taught Element - 4 modules (each held across one full week), assessed by 2 exams and 1 piece of coursework.
  • Research Element – 10,000-word research project is undertaken throughout the programme and assessed by a viva voce in the final month.

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Entry requirements

The programme is designed to cater for UK, EU and international students with an undergraduate degree in Medicine or Life Sciences. An upper second class Honours (or equivalent international qualification) is preferred, however students with lower second class Honours are also invited to apply.

To assess your qualifications from non-UK institutions, please view the country index page.

For further information about the English Language entry requirements please view the Imperial College guidance.

Please contact the programme administrator (Fiona Bibby) if you wish to discuss entry requirements further.

Is this programme for you?

The combination of a taught and research component, allows students to put the underpinning theory into practice by contributing to clinical research, taking responsibility for a project and producing a written report.

The programme aims to equip students with an exceptionally high level of research skills and experience, whilst being exposed to cutting edge techniques and developments in the field. Past students have continued their studies with PhD studentships, undertaking or continuing a medical career or working in research roles within industry and the NHS.

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Career prospects

This can vary by pathway; past students have progressed to employment within research e.g clinical trials, the food industry, continuation/promotion within the health sector and medical/dental school. A large number progress to PhD scholarships.

Key benefits

  • Provides students with the opportunity to obtain an understanding of research methodologies by studying in a world-leading research environment.
  • Provides knowledge and understanding of key topics including clinical trial design, the critical pathway for drug development, statistics, good clinical practice and critical appraisal.
  • Provides management and communication skills, including problem solving, project design, decision process, teamwork, written and oral reports and scientific publications.