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MRes Clinical Health Research

This Clinical Health Research programme at University of Birmingham provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health related research component to their career.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,040 per year full-time
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The compulsory taught elements of the programme cover essential aspects of quantitative and qualitative research, while the optional module gives the opportunity to students to expand further their research knowledge (e.g. mixed methods research, systematic reviews, statistics). The supervised thesis offers students the opportunity to apply their research knowledge and complete a project that will allow them to become confident researchers.

Studying the Clinical Health Research programme at University of Birmingham will give you research and project management skills that can be used in clinical research projects. You may be motivated to answer a clinical question, improve health, or be seeking to develop your research or academic career.

The combination of flexible learning, taught modules and the research thesis makes this a flexible and stimulating programme which gives students skills, awareness and the intellectual discipline required to carry out rigorous, effective, patient centred research. The programme will provide you with support to acquire practical research skills, help you to develop your understanding of Good Clinical Practice in research, and to explore various research methodologies and methods.

Courses included:

  • Quantitative Research Methods in Healthcare
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Creating and applying evidence
  • Systematic reviews and evidence synthesis
  • Mixed methods in research
  • Current issues in health
  • Project Management and Research Governance (Distance Learning)

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge.

Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area.


If you have a first degree:

  • A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a healthcare related subject (medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists degrees are considered).

If you do not have a first degree:

  • Postgraduate qualification and or experience in a relevant health related area will be considered
  • Capability to study at masters level for those not holding a degree should be evidenced by completion of at least one master’s level module.

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