Clinical Research (PG Cert, PG Dip, MClinRes)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Cert, PG Dip, MClinRes

How long you will study
12 - 36 months

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About Clinical Research at Newcastle University

MClinRes -part time: 36 months, accelerated: part time 24 months 
PGDip - part time: 24 months, accelerated: part time 12 months 
PGCert - part time: 12 months 
CPD modules available

Our flexible courses allow you to study clinical research in the context of your work. We developed them with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They are ideal for health professionals and clinical research support staff. They also suit education and industry professionals who aspire to become a clinical academic.

Our courses encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research in the context of your professional role. You'll learn about and develop clinical research in your workplace. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course. To do this you will need to nominate a workplace mentor. They will provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. They'll also support your studies, maintaining academic and clinical links throughout the course.  

Our staff

Academics, researchers and NHS clinicians deliver the course. They all have active research programmes in cellular medicine and neuroscience. We also have tutors from NHS research and development teams and local clinical research networks:

  • Dr Fraser Birrell (Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer)
  • Professor Elaine McColl (Director Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit)
  • Dr Rachel Duncan (Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant)
  • Professor Julia Newton (Dean of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine)
  • Dr Marieke Emonts (Curriculum Director).


Our courses offer flexibility, ensuring that your studies fit around your busy professional life. Attendance is approximately nine teaching days per academic year. You'll have a wide range of modules and pathways to choose from.

Teaching takes place on our Newcastle campusTeaching methods vary between modules but include a combination of:

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars.

You will be allocated a tutor who will guide you throughout your course. You will also gain access to Blackboard, our online learning environment. This will enhance your self-directed study and provide support for work based assignments. 

As part of the course you'll take part in ‘Good Clinical Practice’ training. This is mandatory for professionals who conduct clinical research. If you can prove that you've already completed this training you won't need to repeat it. 


Our PGDip and MClinRes courses have two pathways leading to different awards in:

  • Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research (Ageing) - online.


As a student on a clinical course you will have access to high quality facilities on the Newcastle campus. You can also use the Postgraduate Training Suite which provides:

  • computers
  • work spaces.

You will also have access to the Atrium which provides:

  • vending machines
  • informal seating areas.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPG Cert, PG Dip, MClinResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study12 - 36 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject, an MBBS, BDS, or international equivalent. You also need to have a workplace mentor to support you in your studies.

We also consider professionals who have an appropriate degree, or equivalent professional qualifications. You must work in a relevant field and have two years' post-qualification experience.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

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