Clinical Research

PgCert

  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Part time 12 Months

Overview

This programme introduces the key principles, methods and techniques used in clinical research in modern health service settings. It will equip you with the essential skills required to effectively support healthcare research innovation.

These programmes are designed to cover the practicalities of conducting research as well as its theoretical basis. You will:

  • Enhance your knowledge of methodological concepts and analysis
  • Design research studies
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethical and legislative frameworks for the management and governance of clinical research

The programmes are delivered by face-to face teaching and via online learning, which is supported by online resources. They are designed with a tiered exit structure and provide progression routes to the master's degree.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant subject including medicine, nursing, psychology, biological sciences or related subjects. Applicants with relevant professional experience and without a first degree should contact the Course Director.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Core

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 (taken over 12 months) or progressing to a PG Diploma, or MSc over 36 months. 

The PG Certificate is 60 credits, currently £4,530 per annum.

Visa restrictions mean that the PG Certificate is only open to home applicants.

The full MSc Clinical Research programme (180 credits) is £13,600 for home students and £29,150 for international students.

Home students can also choose from two study programme pathways:

  • Part time/ 24 month route: (90 credits per year for two years; £6,800 per annum at 2024/25 prices).
  • Part time tiered exit/36 month route: (60 credits per year for three years; £4,530 per annum at 2024/25 prices).

For most home 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.

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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