MRes Clinical Science

“This course Opens many doorways, expanding your CV and further career options”

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Abigail Hensley, MRes Clinical Science graduate



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Key facts

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Clinical Science research underpins every aspect of modern medicine. Clinical research and practice operate as quite separate entities, but it is now widely accepted that advanced research skills develop a greater depth of understanding in doctors – and have a hugely positive impact on their practice.

Our Master’s course in Clinical Science is designed to enable practicing medical professionals to develop a mature approach to a specialist area of research. We believe that an interested student is a motivated student, so we accommodate the full spectrum of clinical scientific research, letting you select and define the question you wish to pursue.

The programme includes four learning modules, but your Master’s dissertation will be your main focus throughout the year. As well as arming you with key research skills, which will prove invaluable to your career, we aim to instill a love of research in you, and to contribute positively to your future practice.


Our MRes Clinical Science is your chance to experience the reality of cutting-edge clinical research. You’ll develop a broader, more considered approach to a specific area of medical research, gaining expertise in the intellectual and practical skills of scientific research in the process. And you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the underlying theories, and greater comprehension of the importance of critical review in the practice of evidence-based medicine.

Driven by the research interests of our students, our programme is incredibly diverse. You choose the project that you want to work on, and we provide the close expert mentoring and the learning to help you develop advanced research skills.

Whether you want to explore the design and deployment of new drugs, or you have a desire to optimise the delivery of primary care, we can accommodate you. And the research skills you’ll acquire will be entirely transferrable, so your project doesn’t have to fall within a discipline you aspire to working in.

Your year with us will be dominated by your dissertation research project, and you will also undertake four learning modules. Our approach throughout is designed to promote a thorough understanding of the diversity and breadth of medicine, the benefits of research, and the value every health professional can add by contributing to the advancement of collective medical knowledge.

It’s our hope that you will find your experience of conducting your own research enjoyable, liberating, fulfilling and useful, and that the skills you learn will provide you with a research base to build a career upon for the foreseeable future.

Course Structure

The majority of your time with us will spent on the signature 100-credit dissertation module. Expertly mentored but chosen by – and individualised to – you, this module begins on the day you arrive with us and ends with the submission of your dissertation. And it’s an incredible opportunity to learn how to undertake and deliver research of a publishable standard.

To support your dissertation, you’ll have the opportunity to take four research skill modules. They’ll reinforce your learning and optimise the outcome of your clinical research, while arming you with skills that you can use in your professional career.

If you’d like to find our more about our wealth of research activity please visit our online Research Directory, and please get in touch via if you would like more in-depth information.

Teaching and Learning


The four research skill modules you will undertake will be taught by experts in the field and delivered through a variety of methods and formats. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Independent study

Our MRes degree has been designed to encourage autonomy and independence in not only defining your preferred area of study, but also in locating relevant resources and evaluating information. You will have access to expert mentoring, but the emphasis is very much placed on your own pursuit of your research objectives.


You will need to submit coursework for the majority of the taught modules, however only one of the modules involves a written test. You will need to achieve a pass in all four modules.

The dissertation module, which represents the majority of your Master’s, is comprised of three elements: a review of the literature, a research paper, and piece of reflection.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Research projects occasionally involve time spent studying abroad, however this is dependent on your project and mentor. Any time overseas must be arranged in a way so that no scheduled teaching or coursework are missed.

After the course

The majority of our students use the MRes as building blocks for a research-orientated career – be it in medicine, psychology, biomedicine, academica or pharmaceuticals. Many also go on to further study, with a PhD either at UEA or another institution.

Career destinations

  • Medicine
  • PhD,
  • MD,
  • ClinPsyD,
  • Physicians Associate,
  • University and hospital-based research administration
  • The private sector – biotechnology and pharmaceutical Companies

Course related costs


Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 160 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module gives an overview of research ethics and research governance. It will enable the students to understand the research governance frameworks and it will help them to understand the ethical implications of their planned research. In addition, it will help the students to write participant information sheets (PIS), informed consent forms, and lay summaries of their protocols. It will also address crucial issues for successful funding applications such as patient and public involvement (PPI).




The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad introduction to the methods used in Health Science Research. . The skills to be developed include being able to 1: recognise basic quantitative and qualitative research designs 2: recognise different data collection techniques 3: acquire a basic understanding of both statistical analysis and qualitative analysis; 4: critically appraise of the research literature.




In this module students will focus on communicating the work they are undertaking and the rationale for it. Students will consider writing for peers and for the public, preparing abstracts, posters, papers and grant applications and giving oral presentations. Learning outcomes By the end of the module students will be able to formulate hypotheses, write protocols, assess literature, acquire, analyze and interpret data and will have developed the cognitive abilities required for these tasks. Assessment The research plan will be composed from up to 1,500 words and will be illustrated with a timeline or Gantt Chart, it will be evaluated formatively by course director and mentor independently who will both provide oral feedback to the student. Reflective report will be composed from up to 5,000 words and will provide details of all training so far undertaken and plans for completion of the research being undertaken and write-up of the dissertation. It will be evaluated formatively by course director and mentor independently who will both provide oral and written feedback to the student. The Dissertation will be composed from three sections. The first will be a review of 6,000 - 7,500 words, the second a research paper of 6,000 - 7,500 words and the third a reflective report providing a synoptic description of the research, training and enabling procedures undertaken by the student during the course of the year and will be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. The complete dissertation will be 13,500 - 15,000 words. 15,000 words




At masters degree level the purpose of PGT research masters degrees are primarily to familiarise and prepare students for careers with significant but diverse research components. This course meets the central need of all Clinical Researchers to communicate effectively in formats that are either written or oral and to a variety of audiences from their peers as researchers to members of the public. In this module students will focus on communicating the work they are undertaking and the rationale for it. Students will consider writing for peers and for the public, preparing abstracts, posters, papers and grant applications and giving oral presentations. By the end of the module students will have: #Written lay and professional abstracts #Assembled a poster #Given a presentation #Prepared a grant application



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This course builds on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. Students will also take part in practical sessions where they will apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse datasets.




Findings from systematic reviews have been increasingly used by health policy makers, clinicians and patients for making decisions. A systematic review of available evidence is also often required for developing new research, and for interpreting findings from a primary study. The module will include the following contents: 1.Introduction, framing questions and inclusion/exclusion criteria 2.Sources of evidence and literature search strategy 3.Data extraction and validity assessment 4.Synthesizing evidence from qualitative studies 5.Synthesizing evidence from quantitative studies 6.Quality of systematic reviews and overview of reviews 7.Recent development in research synthesis methods 8.Systematic review protocol. The learning outcome will provide you with the skills and understanding to appraise and interpret published systematic reviews, to develop a protocol and undertake a systematic review. By the end of the module, you will be able to: #Frame questions appropriate for a systematic review #Design an appropriate literature search strategy #Assess the relevance and quality of primary studies #Qualitatively and quantitatively synthesize data from primary studies #Appropriately interpret findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis #Understand common pitfalls in systematic reviews and meta-analysis #Become familiar with recent method research relevant to systematic reviews.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A Health or related subject
  • Degree Classification Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
  • Alternative Qualifications This course is open to medical students wanting to intercalate after the 4th year of their MBBS/MBChB

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test.

Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 65 (minimum 65 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850 (full time)
  • International Students: £16,400 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be charged as half the annual fee in each of the first two years. Students can also pay a pro-rata fee for each module studied (only available for UK/EU students).

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.


Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.



50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2017 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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