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One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020


St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2020

This course is internationally recognised and will enable you to promote and drive change within clinical practice and develop a clinical academic career. The course is suitable for nurses, midwives, pharmacists, allied health professionals, doctors, dentists and health scientists.

This programme is awarded by St George's, University of London and delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's.

Find out more by downloading the fact sheet (PDF).

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Tuition fees

2020 UK/EU Entry
  • Full-time MRes Clin: £8,500

  • Part-time MRes Clin: £4,500 per annum.

2020 Non-EU (International) Entry:
  • Full-time MRes Clin: £15,500

  • Part-time MRes Clin (two years): £8,000 per annum.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Funding your study

If you are an NHS nurse, midwife or AHP you may be eligible to apply for an NIHR PCAF award, and request funding for your postgraduate training as part of this; contact us to discuss further.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.


  • Based in Universities and Faculty with a strong research infrastructure and demonstrable research track record.

  • Support to develop your clinical academic career 

  • Shared campus with St George's, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK

  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s, University of London

  • Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside all other MRes postgraduate courses, clinical and academic staff and researchers

  • Interaction with researchers working at the cutting edge of specific areas of applied clinical research 

  • Access to the postgraduate learning centre

  • Development of a broad range of transferable skills

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references.
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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare. 

Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered and we encourage you to apply.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at

English language requirements

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 1 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

We operate a modular system for this course which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation - a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

The course builds on your existing research skills and introduces you to contemporary professional research practices employed within healthcare. It aims to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to be a scientific researcher in clinical practice. You will develop a range of transferable and applied research skills that will enable you to plan, manage and independently undertake research.

You will undertake a clinical research project and be supported by an academic supervisor, as well as a clinical mentor from your own organisation.


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Research methods (15 credits)

This module starts by looking at a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research study designs and approaches and their advantages and disadvantages. There is a strong emphasis on good research practice, designing studies using tools and approaches to minimise bias and maximise scientific rigour.

Critical appraisal (15 credits)

This module teaches you how to critically appraise research literature relevant to your field of study. Given the practical nature of this very important research skill it is taught through interactive seminars where students are encouraged and supported to develop their appraisal skills.

Applied research in clinical practice (15 credits)

This module enables you to develop a professional identity as a clinical academic and improve your capacity to fulfill the role and effectively undertake, direct and support research focused activities within your own area of professional practice.

Research project on a topic related to clinical practice (105 credits)

This module provides you with the experience of utilising all principles of research design to understand a health and / or social care question. You will understand how to undertake an individual research project within a particular specialist area. The module offers you the opportunity to use a combination of general and specialist research design for Health and Social Care Sciences, and to contribute and extend the theoretical understanding of new and advancing knowledge and its application to a relevant field of study.


The Statistics Module is delivered by lectures and group discussions, and supplemented by self-directed learning. You are assessed by a written assessment. Students registered on the Data Analysis module attend the first six lectures, and the learning objectives for these lectures constitute the curriculum for the quantitative component for that module.

Practical Data Analysis (15 credits)

This module takes the first six lectures from the Statistics Module as a theoretical basis for the first 1-6 data analysis practical tutorials.  Tutorials 7-11 will be based on qualitative data analysis. The tutorials will be focussing on quantitative as well as qualitative analytical methods and their underlying assumptions using prepared data sets.

Implementation and Improvement Science (15 credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to this relatively new and expanding science that has grown from national and international ambition to bring about quality improvements and enhance patient safety by closing the theory practice-gap, encouraging more effective use of research evidence within practice.

Negotiated Independent Learning (15 credits)

This module is an independent learning module that is available health and social care practitioners regardless of professional discipline. In consultation with the module leader you will identify a particular topic that is of interest to you or pertinent to your practice or clinical role. This negotiated specified area of learning forms the foundation of the module; you will address each learning outcome in relation to your specified area of learning. You will be expected to complete this module within a period of six months.

Modes of study

Monday and Thursday are both usually compulsory teaching days for both full and part time students throughout the first year.

Full time study - yearly breakdown

  • First week five days attendance compulsory

  • Two teaching days - usually Monday and Thursday

  • Three days allocated for tutor led and self-directed study

  • Several periods of self-managed time

  • Five module assessments and dissertation to complete during the year.

Part time study - yearly breakdown

  • First week five days compulsory attendance 

  • Two teaching days - usually Monday and Thursday in first year

  • Three days allocated for employment

  • Several periods of self-managed time

  • Placement experience of research roles and practice, service improvement and innovation

  • Minimal contact in second year

  • Three module assessments to be complete in the first year

  • Two module assessments and dissertation to complete in the second year.

The opportunity exists to publish your research on the Kingston University Research and Innovation Reports website, which is permanently available to the academic community.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including lectures, student-led seminars, group work, problem-based learning, practical workshops, tutor-led study and self-directed study.

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Teaching and learning methods

You will learn in an interprofessional setting, working alongside clinical and academic staff, researchers and other students familiar with health and social care and health science environments.

Student support is a central feature of the programme and is provided in multiple ways:

  • virtual learning environment, containing supplementary materials

  • academic and pastoral support from a research supervisor and clinical mentor

  • regular structured feedback from your clinical mentor and academic supervisor

  • peer assisted learning

  • specific workshops on skill development, such as giving presentations

  • support in managing transition into education and back into practice

  • access to a range of student welfare support services.

By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specific area of applied clinical research relevant to your own area of professional clinical practice.

You will also be able to:

  • show in-depth understanding of research theory, processes and principles associate with good clinical practice research

  • critically evaluate, select and apply appropriate research methods and data analysis techniques to investigate clinical research problems

  • synthesise information from a variety of sources and interpret data accurately

  • critically appraise published research, using appropriate techniques, and appreciate the significance of published research for professional practice, patient care, healthcare policy and future research

  • independently plan and manage an innovative piece of research in compliance with research ethics, legislative frameworks and governance procedures

  • effectively use a range of computer packages in order to successfully communicate acquired knowledge and the results of research, both written and orally to a range of audiences

  • effectively be able to network, support less experienced colleagues, prepare for competitive grant applications and doctoral fellowships

  • appreciate the broad role of the clinical academic-researcher within the current context of health and social care

  • collaboratively engage with others in the process of investigative enquiry, and demonstrate awareness of resources and networks that can be accessed in order to support research focused activity and promote a research culture

  • generate research questions, design and test data collection approaches and interpret results within a scientific framework.

Assessment methods

Progress throughout the course is assessed through a range of methods, including:

  • research protocol

  • oral and poster presentations

  • written examinations

  • critiques

  • reflective reports

  • dissertation.

Following the course, you will be prepared for a clinical academic career and for further study at doctoral level.

You will develop the skills and understanding to confidently participate in the academic community through discussion and debate, adopt an evidence-based approach to practice, present at clinical meetings and conferences, and publish your work in relevant clinical journals.

An alumni network group continues to support graduates in their developing academic clinical career to build interprofessional networks for future collaboration. Research experts help your continued development with support to publish and develop doctoral fellowship bids.

Applications are now only accepted online and to apply for this course you must complete all sections of the form. 

If you have a word document application form, please be aware that this is now being replaced by our new online application process.

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How to apply

  1. Click on the apply link above. 
  2. Download and complete the personal statement form below. You will then be redirected to our online application system, where you can create an account.

  3. After creating an account, follow the instructions to complete the application form and upload your Personal Statement Form and any relevant documents (you can save a partly completed form and return to it later).

  4. Add to your email address book, to ensure you don't miss any important email alerts or notifications from us.

  5. Submit and then track your application.

Personal statement

Please download and complete the personal statement form before uploading it to the ‘Personal Statement’ section of your online application. 

You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete this form. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.



When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

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One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

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