Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research was designed to meet the needs of practitioners and staff working in the NHS. The programme will support development of advanced knowledge and skills in clinical research, drawing on the breadth of interdisciplinary research skills within the Faculty of Health and Medicine and NHS partner organisations. The Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at doctors undertaking specialty training programmes or academic attachments (F1/F2 training) in NHS Trusts, senior medical trainees (Registrars), consultants or GPs who wish to develop career roles as research leaders, nurses, allied health professionals and NHS staff with interests in research (e.g. R&D staff).

Course Details

Module 1: Essential tools for clinical research

The module addresses a core 'toolkit' for research in modern health service settings.

  • Identifying research topics and developing research questions
  • Designing clinical studies
  • Introduction to lab work
  • Managing and analysing data

Module 2: Governance and management of clinical research

The module focuses on the regulatory management and governance of clinical research across the project life-cycle.

  • Good Clinical Practice
  • Ethics and the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)
  • NHS permissions and the role of regulatory agencies, e.g. MHRA
  • Data protection and confidentiality
  • Project management

Upon successful completion of this module you will be awarded an NIHR CRN Good Clinical Practice Certificate.

Module 3: Applying for Research Funding

  • Understanding the UK health research infrastructure and NHS networks
  • Identifying funding sources: NIHR, research councils, charities, industry
  • Developing research collaborations and building research teams
  • Understanding the components of funding applications - intellectual property (IP), sponsorship, Clinical Trials Unit involvement, project management, patient and public involvement, impact and dissemination, project costings and supporting documentation.
  • Managing the bid development process
  • Working with industry
  • Effective bid writing


Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research delivered through 9 face to face contact days over a 9 month period.

Upon successful completion of module 2 you will be awarded the NIHR CRN Good Clinical Practice Certificate.


Assessment across the programme is varied incorporating research proposals and case reports, but there are no exams.

Entry requirements

A first degree is not an essential requirement, we will take prior experience and learning into account on a case-by-case basis. For all our programmes we ask you to complete an application form. In addition, for our postgraduate courses we ask for a 500 word statement and recommendation from your line manager. Depending on your qualifications, we may ask you to undertake a pre-entry assessment.

If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (minimum element scores apply). Alternative qualifications are accepted.


UK/EU: £2,250
Overseas: £4,507

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit or contact 0800 100 900.

Course Dates

Nov 2014

Further Information

For further information, please contact Dr Sally Spencer at

How to Apply?

Our aim is to make the application process as simple and efficient as possible for you. With this in mind, we would encourage you to apply online.

Upon completion of this certificate, should you wish to continue with your studies, you may progress to an MSc in Clinical Research.


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