School of Health Professions

MClinRes Clinical Research

Do you want to lead, direct or manage clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Learn from a team of experts, drawn from a wide range of disciplines including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics and medicine as well as representatives from patient and public support groups

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First choice for health

Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.


Key features

  • Progress your career and become a leader in clinical research with a programme that provides both theoretical and first hand practical experience of the whole research process from developing a clinically relevant question through to implementation of research in clinical practice.
  • Learn from experts from across Plymouth University, other higher education institutes, the Research Design Service, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit.
  • Receive mentorship and supervision from experienced clinical academic researchers.
  • Experience an inclusive curriculum designed specifically for health professionals, incorporating flexible and blended learning. Continually developed in line with student feedback this currently features 2-3 day face-to-face study blocks and supported distance learning.
  • Align your CPD with key Health Education England and NIHR objectives: To develop clinical academics and increase research capacity in nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists.
  • Study a contemporary MClinRes founded on ongoing consultation with patient and public support groups, NHS staff, managers and commissioners and international partners.
  • Join the Institute of Health and Community to further engage with contemporary clinical research during and beyond your studies.
  • Receive support with onward funding applications to further your integrated clinical research career. Opt for the research management and mentorship module to gain protected time and support with academic writing to publish your research, develop your profile and compose onward funding applications.
  • Benefit from an enriched student experience sharing core and optional modules with inter-professional health and social care students studying across faculty MSc pathways.
  • Choose from three award pathways – PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes.

Please note that when you enrol on this programme, you always enrol to study the master degree but we offer three exit awards: PgCert, PgDip and MClinRes.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Induction takes place 16 - 17 September 2019

    Postgraduate Certificate

    To achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits. This must include one core module and two additional core or optional modules.

    Core modules

    ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice 20 Credits

    ADV715 Project Design for Research 20 Credits

    MCR701 Applied Qualitative Research Methods 20 Credits

    MCR702 Applied Quantitative Research Methods 20 Credits

    Optional modules

    Optional modules  20 credits - 20 Credits

    Optional modules can be chosen from the masters level modules A-Z list. Please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions Team to discuss your options.

    Postgraduate Diploma

    To achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will have first completed the PgCert and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 120 credits in total). This must include one core module and two additional core or option modules.

    Core modules

    ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice 20 Credits

    ADV715 Project Design for Research 20 Credits

    MCR701 Applied Qualitative Research Methods 20 Credits

    MCR702 Applied Quantitative Research Methods 20 Credits

    Optional modules

    Optional modules 20 credits - 20 Credits

    Optional modules can be chosen from the masters level modules A-Z list. Please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions Team to discuss your options.


    To achieve a full master degree, you will have first completed the PgDip and need to earn an additional 60 credits (to give 180 credits in total).

    MCR703 Research Dissertation 80 Credits

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MClinRes Clinical Research programme specification 5540

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You will normally be a healthcare professional with a first degree or a related academic degree. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, or European first cycle equivalent. Clinicians without a degree but with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree programme at the University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.


Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.


Home/EU (full-time) International (full time)
£7,740* £14,400
Home/EU (part-time) International (part-time)
£860 per 20 credits N/A

*This fee is based on undertaking 180 credits at £860 per 20 credits. Please note that some of the optional modules for this programme are specialist modules and therefore may have different fees. Module fees can be found on the individual module webpages.  

Full-time fees shown are per annum. Part-time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study.

Students applying for a postgraduate loan will be subject to stipulations regarding the duration of the programme. Please contact the pathway lead for advice before applying.

Additional costs

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to the printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one.
You may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
To be eligible you must:

This scholarship will be offered automatically, providing you meet the eligibility criteria. A separate application will not be required.

Further information about Scholarships for international students

How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Expressions of interest are also welcomed – please contact Dr Lisa Bunn, Programme Lead for further information -

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:


Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Tel: +44 (0)1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

After your application is received by the PDU Admissions team, it will be processed and sent to the Programme Lead for a decision to be made on your suitability to study. You may be asked to provide additional information or to take part in an interview (for overseas students this may be by telephone or video conference). Once this decision has been made, you will be sent an email either confirming your place on the programme, or rejecting your application and giving the reasons for this decision (you may request further feedback in order to improve your chances of selection at a later date).

Please note that you will be enrolled on the full MSc programme. You may choose to exit with the qualification of PgCert upon completion of an appropriate 60 credits, or a PgDip upon completion of an appropriate 120 credits. More information is contained within the programme specification.

For applicants with disabilities

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services webpage.

If you have applied for an HEE-NIHR funded place you will be contacted after a shortlisting process about whether or not you are required to attend and interview.

Meet the programme leader - Dr Lisa Bunn

“Being a good clinician is at the heart of all good clinical research but equally, good quality research underpins the work of all good clinicians! I am passionate about making engagement with clinical research accessible to the health and care professions at all stages of their clinical careers. The MClinRes at Plymouth is inspirational and of a world-leading standard, whilst at the same time mindful of the need to offer flexible and pragmatic delivery of education to busy clinicians in practice. As programme lead I am delighted to now be able to facilitate new clinical research journeys for the allied and health professions whilst continuing to provide my own contributions to the field of rehabilitation.”

Learn more about Lisa

A video introduction to the course from the Programme Lead


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MClinRes student Dr Aban Gautam

Dr Aban Gautam has been selected to receive the David Nott Foundation scholarship following his work to treat over 25,000 people cut off from healthcare after the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Dr Gautam plans to use the scholarship and his postgraduate study to train colleagues in his home country and help even more people in remote areas.

Find out more

MClinRes student Sasha Johnston

Sasha is a paramedic with SWASFT and advocates for paramedic mental health after losing a colleague to suicide. She is currently exploring perceptions of mental health services for paramedic staff through her MClinRes.

She has presented at a summit supporting the mental health of paramedics and gained a place on the College of Paramedics mental health steering group.

Find out more

What our students say...

  • @ “The MClinRes programme has provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop my career as a clinical academic; and to learn from a diverse and exceptionally knowledgeable group of people from the clinical research community.” Tim Powell, 2017 graduate

Did you know that you can undertake our MClinRes Clinical Research programme as a component of a personal award?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is now taking applications for Pre-Doctoral Personal Awards. Applications for these awards can be made directly to the NIHR - the NIHR Trainee Co-ordinating Centre webpage gives further information about the scheme. If you wish to discuss an application to the scheme, and in particular supervision, for your pre-doctoral or doctoral award, please contact Dr Lisa Bunn or visit our Institute of Health and Community webpages for alternative contacts.

If you wish to undertake some or all of our MClinRes Clinical Research programme as a component of a pre-doctoral award, please contact Dr Lisa Bunn (programme lead) for information about module options and costs.

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

The University applies a discretionary alumnus reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • A 20 per cent discount on home/EU tuition fees.
  • Or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

PGCE programmes, Master of Architecture, MChem, MEng, MGeol, MPsych, MSci, ResM, MSc Psychology, MSc Advanced Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology, MSc Occupational Therapy and postgraduate research degrees are not included in this reward. Please note that students must have applied directly to be eligible. 

For further details, and contact information, please see our alumnus discount policy.

Scholarship for international applicants to MClinRes Clinical Research

A £1500 fee waiver will awarded to international applicants who exceed the entry requirements for this programme.

You need to have a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:1 (or equivalent) OR an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 7.0.

English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

Find out how we can help you reach your potential.