University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Clinical Research

Develop the practical skills required to plan and undertake clinical or health services research. There are two routes available. Each route takes one year full-time or two to five years part-time. Standard route: Open to all graduates from any relevant background. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) route. Open to medical and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Training Fellows in the local NHS Deanery. Normally applicants to this route apply using the CPD application process and start by registering for one or two modules and later transfer to a full Masters programme.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in a clinical subject or equivalent professional qualification and experience. English language requirements- Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: core modules are determined by the course route followed and may include: randomised controlled trials; introduction to research methods; introduction to statistics for clinical research; clinical research practice or practical aspects of clinical research; dissertation or research placement and portfolio. Optional modules: promoting evidence-based health care; systematic review and critical appraisal techniques; epidemiology; public health informatics; further statistics for health science researchers; sociology of health and illness; complex evaluation methods; qualitative research design and analysis; health care financing and economic evaluation; health needs assessment, planning and evaluation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Telephone number: 
0114 222 5454