University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Clinical Research

This programme is a collaboration between Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR), Psychology and the University of Exeter Medical School, has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles. Delivered by leading academics and practitioners, the programme aims to educate Allied Health Professionals to shift the major focus of their research activities from a tradition characterised by work which is predominantly descriptive, cross-sectional and introspective, to one which is translational, experimental, longitudinal, generalisable and implementation focussed. The programme includes advanced training in clinical research leadership skills and organisational practice, and is underpinned by the Medical Research Council's mixed methods Complex Interventions Research Framework. The Doctorate offers participants the opportunity to complete a Service Related Research Project linked to their area of practice allowing them to evaluate their local clinical service. In addition, participants undertake a Major Clinical Research Project related to their area of practice and aligned with the strategic aims within their local service and organisation. The programme is based on the latest guidance for research which investigates how to develop and determine the components, efficacy, effectiveness, applicability and translational utility of complex healthcare interventions for complex interventions in medicine. It integrates investigative methods for complex interventions through a mixed methodological process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be experienced registered healthcare practitioners working within a healthcare or academic setting. A Master's qualification or equivalent is usually required for entry onto the programme.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Modules from previous years have included: Advanced clinical skills and critical appraisal; service related research project; major research project proposal; advanced clinical research leadership and reflective organisational practice; major clinical research project.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are utilised to assess the modules within the programme. Assessments are innovative and are designed to prepare students for research and leadership in the real world. The programme utilises both formative assessments to help students develop and provide feedback to enhance their performance, and summative assessments to evaluate their progress.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
DClinRes Part-time January 2017 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

Programme Administrator (CEDAR)
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1392 722149