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MSc Clinical Research Methods

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 12 months full time, 24 months part time

UK/EU fees £10,500 (total)

International fees £21,500 (total)

Additional cost information

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) + current registration.

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component


Clinical Research Methods MSc is a funded programme for health professionals (not medical or dental), specifically designed to meet the requirements of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. The programme provides clinical research training, which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning understanding for research management positions in the NHS.

The programme is designed to be student-centred. You’ll be able to shape your learning to specific training needs and clinical settings through your choice of optional modules, focus of assessment and clinically-focused research dissertation.

You'll develop your learning and understanding of clinical research in a stimulating, multi-professional environment, alongside PhD scholars and Masters students. The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

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More information

The bursary is only available to national applicants. There are limited places available. Each place is supported by abursary to meet the programme fees and full salary backfill to employing NHS organisations, subject to funding from Health Education England (HEE)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The programme is also open to fee-paying applicants.

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Course content

Compulsory modules give you a firm foundation in theoretical and applied research methods form a range of perspectives. The range of optional modules allows you to develop specific knowledge and skills to enhance your dissertation and your research skills after completion of the programme. The 12,000-word dissertation you produce towards the end of your studies, allows you to develop in-depth and applied clinical research knowledge and skills in an area of importance related to your clinical area. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Most modules are delivered as full-day blocks, allowing you to plan your time. We expect full-time students to study at least 37.5 hours per week and part-time students 18.5 hours, whether on or off campus.

Your academic supervisor will help you identify your academic training needs. You'll also be supported by your personal tutor. The programme leader is Dr Rebecca Randell

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Research Methods MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Research Methods MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll typically learn through lectures, seminars, workbooks, tutorials, group work and self-directed study.

You’ll have access to contemporary University and School of Healthcare facilities.


You’ll be assessed by a range of methods, depending on the module, including essays and other written assignments, presentations and problem-based workbooks. Your dissertation also contributes significantly to your overall assessment.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.

Current professional registration

A minimum of one year’s experience in clinical practice

Demonstrate development in current clinical practice or research

The applicant and manager need to provide a supporting statement setting out how the applicant would use their skills for the development of their clinical research career. This statement will form a contract between the student and employer specifying what is expected upon successful completion of the Masters course.

Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning exist through the School's credit accumulation and transfer procedures.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Healthcare Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

Apply (Full time)
Apply (Part time)

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

If applying for the bursary, you must contact the Programme Leader Dr Rebecca Randell prior to applying: r.randell@leeds.ac.uk.

Please upload two references with your application

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


UK/EU fees: £10,500 (total)
International fees: £21,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Bursaries - UK nationals only

Each place is supported by a bursary to meet the programme fees of £10,000 (paid to the University) and full backfill paid to the student’s employer (NHS organisation), subject to funding from Health Education England (HEE)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Please note: although this MSc is open to international applicants, the bursaries are only open to national applicants, as they are provided by a national scheme.

Additional cost information

There is no additional funding to support costs students choose to incur as part of their dissertation research.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

The programme provides clinical research training which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning knowledge and skills for research management positions in the NHS.

Careers support

Towards the end of the programme guidance will be provided on how to apply for Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programmes provided by HEE/NIHR.

Support can be provided for excelling students who want to apply for a pre-doctoral fellowship.

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