MRes Clinical Science


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Abigail Hensley, MRes Clinical Science graduate

Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

An MRes in Clinical Science at UEA is the ideal way for you to develop a research-related element in your career whether you're a doctor, nurse or health professional. It will give you the skills, awareness and discipline you need to carry out effective research to the highest level in a patient-centered, ethically sound way.


The course will give you a broader, more considered approach to specialist areas of medical research, and develop both your practical and scientific skills. It will give you a deeper understanding of underlying theories and the importance of critical review in evidence-based medicine. It will also improve your confidence and help you communicate better as a medical or health professional.

Clinical Science is diverse and interest driven and we encourage you to be self-motivated and independent in defining your areas of study. The MRes is designed to give you the scope to carry out any kind of research you choose – whether it’s to create and implement new drugs and vaccines, or deliver the best possible health care. Your aim is to carry through your research to its conclusion. In doing so, you will gain an appreciation of the huge breadth of medicine, the benefits of research and the value that you and other health professionals can bring to the advancement of knowledge.

Course Modules 2018/9

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).







In this module you will focus on communicating the work you are undertaking and the rationale for it. You 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 you 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. 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 the course director and mentor independently who will both provide oral feedback to the you. A 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 the course director and mentor independently who will both provide oral and written feedback to you. 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 you 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.




At Master's degree level, the purpose of postgraduate taught research Master's degrees are primarily to familiarise and prepare you for a career 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, you will focus on communicating the work you are undertaking and the rationale for it. You 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 you 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


You'll build on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to your knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. You'll also take part in practical sessions where you'll apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse data sets.




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.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A health or related subject
  • Degree Classification Minimum 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: 68 (minimum 68 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:  

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

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


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

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

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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