What Will You Study

The purpose of the programme is to provide an introduction to the core knowledge and skills that form the foundations of clinical research. It is aimed at doctors, health practitioners and healthcare scientists actively engaged in research or those planning a future career in research. The programme:

  • Introduces students to the concept, definition, generation and dissemination of evidence-based clinical research
  • Equips health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the skills and processes required to effectively support healthcare innovation across a wide range of health settings
  • Draws upon the breadth of interdisciplinary research skills and internationally-recognised research expertise housed within the Faculty of Health and Medicine, complemented by specialist NHS knowledge and experience.

Successful completion of the programme will enable professionals to:

  • Participate in research projects, new initiatives and related activities to advance local research practice
  • Support further development of NHS capability for research
  • Integrate and utilise research knowledge to enhance the quality of their professional practice


The programme is delivered through nine face-to-face contact days over one year. Students who wish to extend their level of study may, on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, progress to registration on the MSc in Clinical Research.

The overall programme comprises three modules (60 credits):

  • Essential Tools for Clinical Research
  • Governance and Management of Clinical Research
  • Applying for Research funding (to be confirmed)