What Will You Study
The MSc in Clinical Research is an in-depth training programme which builds on the introduction to clinical research in the PgCert and the training in evidence-based medicine and specialist skills gained in the PgDip.
The programme provides an introduction to clinical research and applied methodological skills and enables you to translate research into practice. It can be taken as a one, two or three year programme.
You will develop and undertake a research project designed, delivered and submitted as a dissertation. This project is undertaken in your own professional context, under academic supervision.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
- Practice-based Dissertation
- Translating research into healthcare policy and practice
- Life Cycle of Clinical Research
- Methodological Foundations
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Dr Liz Brewster
Duration: 12 months full-time or 24 or 36 months, part-time
Entry requirements: First degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with relevant professional experience and without a first degree should contact the Course Director
IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply)
Assessment: Coursework and practice-based dissertation
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.
The Clinical Research programme is designed for professionals working in healthcare settings who are interested in building a research career. The programme offers a flexible pathway through study, with a tiered exit structure allowing students to exit with a PG Certificate, PG Diploma, or MSc over three years. The MSc can also be studied full time over one year, or part time over two years.
The full MSc Clinical Research programme (180 credits) is £8,500 for home/ EU students and £19,500 for overseas students.
Home/ EU students can also choose from two study programme pathways:
- Part time/ 24 month route: (90 credits per year for two years; £4,250 per annum).
- Part time tiered exit/36 month route: (60 credits per year for three years; £2,833 per annum).
For most Home/ EU students, it is likely they would complete the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) in their first year, progressing on to the Postgraduate Diploma (a further 60 credits) in their second year, and the Masters (60 credit Dissertation) in their third year.
The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.
What are tuition fees for?
Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.
The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.
How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?
Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.
What support is available towards tuition fees?
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.