Clinical Research

Receive a broad training and practical experience of designing, implementing and reporting clinical studies

Award titles

MRes

Duration: 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time
ECTS: 90 credits

Postgraduate Certificate

Duration: 1 year full-time
ECTS: 30 credits

Key information

Start dateOctober 2022
Location: Hammersmith campus or online (remote learning)

Applications open on 4 October 2021

Register your interest

Overview

The MRes in Clinical Research is an umbrella programme made up of three pathways. You choose to study one pathway from:

  1. Diabetes and Obesitythis pathway introduces modern investigative techniques including MRI and metabolomics and provides a deep understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of both types of diabetes, and obesity.
  2. Human Nutrition - this pathway provides a greater insight into the academic, clinical, practical, and regulatory requirements of human nutrition and introduces the latest in cutting-edge research. This pathway may be studied on campus or fully online (remote learning). You must select which stream you wish to join when you apply. 
  3. Translational Medicine - this pathway illustrates the use of humans as the experimental animal, exploring the challenges of drug development including learning about clinical trial design and understanding why most drug discovery programmes fail. You also have the opportunity to learn about non-drug therapeutic approaches, including regenerative medicine and vaccine development.

For the MRes programme (90 ECTS), you will undertake four core modules, in addition to a fifth elective module that is specific to the pathway you choose. The taught aspect (exams, coursework and practicals) contributes to 30% of the overall mark, with the research aspect (proposal, thesis and oral exam) covering the remaining 70% weighting of the course.

The research project topic will be based on your selected pathway. Past and current project topics include:

  • Diabetes and Obesity – Gut hormones, appetite regulation, dietary treatment of obesity, glycaemic regulation, dietary control of diabetes, nutritional epidemiology.
  • Human Nutrition – Appetite regulation, gut microbiota, gut health, food structure, nutrimetabolomics and personalised nutrition, energy homeostasis, dietary assessment.
  • Translational Medicine – Oncology, Neurology, Cardiovascular, Haematology. Students on this pathway also have the opportunity to complete vaccine based projects.

The MRes programme is very closely aligned with the NIHR Imperial CRF, which is currently running COVID-19 vaccine studies.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research (30 ECTS) will comprise all taught modules only and does not include the research project.

Study programme

The MRes in Clinical Research is made up of two progressional levels (PG Cert and MRes). You can apply to either level in the first instance.

If you choose to study the Human Nutrition pathway, you can conduct your studies either on campus or fully online. You must choose your preferred delivery method when you apply.

Watch a recording of our Virtual Open Day for the Online Human Nutrition stream.

Progression from the PG Certificate to the MRes is allowed, however, the research project will commence at the start of the following academic year. Successful PG certificate students will have to apply to the MRes and progression will not be automatic. If you take a break from studies after completion of the PGCert, the award to progress to the MRes will be valid for three years. If progression to the MRes is not undertaken within this period, then the PGCert component of the MRes must be repeated.

This course provides practical experience and training in designing, implementing, and reporting clinical studies. You complete the majority of the taught elements together; the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest is provided through a pathway-specific elective taught module and extensively through the research side of the programme.

The research project allows you to implement essential research skills supported by your supervisor(s). Project options are provided by staff, however, if you have a particular topic in mind this can also be considered. The key criteria are that:

  • the research question is examined using appropriate design and methodology
  • the project is feasible given available time-scales, and
  • the scope and depth are sufficient for Master’s level study

The majority of our graduates go on to undertake PhDs in relevant fields and other graduates have gone on to work in research and clinical settings as well as Industry. Students who complete the PG Certificate can, for example, take forward knowledge and skills to develop research programmes in the workplace.

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. Some graduates have gone on to successfully secure a place at medical schools.

Read about the next steps our students have taken.

Structure

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

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Choosing your pathway

MRes


Students of the MRes programme must study all compulsory modules listed below:

Compulsory modules

  • Research Conduct and Clinical Research Measures
  • Clinical Research Scenarios and Working in Challenging Areas
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Project

Students of the MRes programme will choose one elective module out of the following, based on their selected pathway at registration:

Elective modules

  • Human Nutrition
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Translational Medicine

Postgraduate Certificate


Students of the PG Certificate must study all compulsory modules listed below. In contrast to the MRes programme, PG Certificate students will not take the Research Project module (which is only a part of the MRes programme):

Compulsory modules

  • Research Conduct & Clinical Research Measures
  • Clinical Research Scenarios
  • Critical Appraisal

Students of the PG Certificate will choose one elective module out of the following, based on their selected pathway at registration:

Elective modules

  • Human Nutrition
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Translational Medicine

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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

Project learning

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

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Critical appraisal reports
  • Preparing research documentation (including ethics and grants documents)
  • Practical assessment
  • Oral exam
  • Poster presentation 
  • A final thesis of your research project

If you choose the Human Nutrition online stream, all taught components, group activities and assessments will take place online using Blackboard Learn and similar platforms.

Meet teaching staff from the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction.

Entry requirements

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

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in medicine or life sciences.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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

Applications open on 4 October 2021.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • MRes

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

Apply online

Applications for 2022 entry open on 4 October.

When applications open, you can apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can usually choose up to two courses.

Application fee

There is an application fee for our taught Master's courses. This helps cover some of the costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for all taught Master's applications
  • £135 for MBA applications

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs.

We don’t want the application fee to be a barrier to qualified students who can’t afford it. So, we have put an application fee waiver in place.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

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

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

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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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2022 entry

All streams (on-campus and online)

MRes fees
  • Full-time: £13,000 total
  • Part-time: £6,500 per year
PG Cert fees
  • Full-time: £6,500 total

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

On-campus streams

MRes fees
  • Full-time: £37,800 total
  • Part-time: £18,900 per year
PG Cert fees
  • Full-time: £18,900 total

Online Human Nutrition stream

MRes fees
  • Full-time: £21,450 total
  • Part-time: £10,725 per year
PG Cert fees
  • Full-time: £10,725 total

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. 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.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for.

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.

Further information

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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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