Clinical Research

Postgraduate Certificate (Variable 2 years Part-time )


The Clinical research programme provides a credit-bearing training opportunity for academic clinical fellows and clinical lecturers in medicine and dentistry.

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop academic research skills within the framework of your busy clinical training programme. It is designed for clinical academic trainees in all specialties and is available for September or January start.

The programme will:

  • Prepare you for a career in academic clinical research
  • Provide formal training in the regulatory and ethical framework for clinical research
  • Develop your key skills in research design, statistical analysis, and critical review
  • Encourage you to engage with public and patients, communicate effectively with different audiences, and understand the importance of communication to the public perception of research
  • Equip you to undertake independent research, including critical thinking and consideration of research impact
  • Meet the requirement of the NIHR and other funders for academic clinical fellows to undertake relevant training in research methodology.

Why study your MRes/PGDip/PGCert in Clinical research at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We are one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The programme runs across the School of Medicine and Dentistry, taking advantage of our outstanding research and educational expertise in all the component Institutes.


You will be able to make use of excellent specialist facilities and learning resources during your studies. The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students. Whatever your area of research, we provide a range of specialist laboratories.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical libraries located at the Royal London and St Bart's hospitals and at the main College campus at Mile End. You will also have access to postgraduate only facilities.

  • External experts contribute extensively to the taught components of the course. Part 1 modules include teaching by experts from the pharmaceutical industry and interdisciplinary learning with industry employees, providing excellent opportunities for network development.
  • Project elements enable close liaison with colleagues in our associated NHS Trusts.
  • The programme fully meets the requirement of the NIHR and other funders to provide academic clinical fellows with relevant training in research methodology.
  • Studying on the programme will help you develop an invaluable set of generic research skills and knowledge including: clinical research project design and implementation; written and oral communication; logical and critical thinking.


Clinical research is available to study part-time, to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MRes level, for a period of one to two years.

The programme includes a 60-credit section (four 15-credit modules) leading to the PGCert in Clinical Research, or forming Part 1 (compulsory) of a PGDip or MRes in Clinical Research. Part 1 covers the key generic skills and knowledge to prepare you to undertake clinical research. This includes modules on ethics and regulation, data management and statistics, clinical study design, and options on practical aspects of clinical studies and communication and public engagement. Modules may be shared with other programmes.

Part 2 of the programme comprises of three optional 60-credit modules on literature research, a practical project, and writing a grant proposal. Successful completion of one or two modules, (in addition to Part 1,) would lead to award of PGDip or MRes respectively. All three modules require you to critically review a research field and prepare dissertations requiring insight and novel interpretation of material.

You will be permitted to register on any of the courses at the outset, with the option of transferring to a higher course, subject to conditions.


Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Core modules

(Part 1)

  • Clinical study design
  • Ethics and regulation in clinical research
  • Data management
  • Statistics

Option modules

(Part 1)

  • Communication and public engagement
  • Practical aspects of clinical research

(Part 2)

  • Research from the literature
  • Practical project
  • The grant proposal


For more information, please contact Professor Lucinda Hall (Programme Director).

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2323

Entry requirements

Applicants should have MBBS or BDS and be employed as Academic Clinical Fellow or Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary or associated NHS Trusts. Individuals with non-clinical qualifications and employment at QM or associated NHS Trusts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

Part 1 modules are taught through short blocks of lectures and workshops at which attendance is required.

Part 2 modules are taught through individual supervision and tutorials, and a flexible programme of attendance at seminars and workshops.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Modules for the PGCert and Part 1 of the programme are assessed by a mixture of written continuous assessments and may include an oral presentation. Part 2 of the programme is assessed by dissertation in a style specific to each module.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Variable £3,623

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Variable £3,675

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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