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Clinical Research MRes/PG Cert

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Our research transforms the lives of patients and practitioners. We influence national health policy and solve global challenges in patient care. Develop your skills and put them to the test on exciting health research projects at King’s.

The healthcare profession depends on information gained through quality research. At King’s you can join a world-leading research environment and develop your clinical or academic research career by getting involved in the projects that interest you the most.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key benefits

  • You will be studying at a Faculty ranked 3rd in the country for quality of our clinical medicine research (REF 2014).
  • You’ll learn from researchers with varied experience across health, clinical and social care
  • You’ll explore contemporary issues and conduct research that has an impact on healthcare
  • We support you to publish your work in high-quality peer-reviewed journals


What students have said:

'Choosing to study the Masters in Clinical Research at King’s is a decision I won’t regret! I previously completed my BSc in Mental Health Nursing here and was very excited to return to the fun and friendly faculty. The teaching and academic staff have always encouraged me to take my ideas further, and supported me to publish a paper in a peer reviewed academic journal.

Following on from the MRes, I was successful at gaining funding for an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. The MRES greatly influenced my success in gaining this fellowship. The fellowship will support me to study an PhD level here at the Faculty, while also maintaining my clinical links through working one day a week at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust"

Sarah McAllister, Masters in Clinical Research

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year full time, two years part-time. September start

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 20.

Course leaders Dr Maria Duaso,

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


There are two compulsory modules on qualitative and quantitative research methods to give you the knowledge you need to work as a researcher. They cover every element of research, from the concept and design of studies, to how to carry out your project in a health environment. You will also learn how to critically appraise specialist health research.  If you are following the part-time study pathway, you will typically complete the qualitative and quantitative research methods and the optional modules in the first year and the dissertation in the second and final year.

You can then choose optional modules from any of the Health faculties at King’s to tailor your programme to your interests. Once you have completed the taught elements of the course you will write a dissertation in clinical research.

Our MRes programme is flexible, allowing for full- or part-time study. There is also the option of completing a PG Certificate in Clinical Research. New funding offered by the HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship scheme has made this a more popular choice among students.

Although you need to apply directly to the NIHR for this funding, we can support you with your application. 

Additional support is available to Practitioners with the appropriate innovation and critical-thinking skills to develop a future clinical academic career.



You will be exposed to real research examples throughout your time at King’s. Your lectures are taught by professors or researchers who have extensive research experience and share examples of their own work during sessions.

Taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it to ongoing research activity is an important part of this programme. Across the university’s health faculities we run clinical and pre-clinical research, allowing you to work in a field that interests you.

Your supervisor can be from any faculty at King’s, ensuring you have access to the most relevant expertise in your chosen area of health research. 

We also encourage all our students to publish their findings in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals. You will directly contribute to world-leading research that delivers new treatments, improves patient care and influences health policy at the highest levels.


Lectures, seminars & feedback



Approximately 450 hours (25% of total hours) in combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops.

Approximately 1350 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision.
This will vary depending on the optional modules chosen. 

You are expected to undertake on average 30 hours of self-study a week.




The majority of learning for this degree takes place across the four King’s College London campuses, including three Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.  Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Course purpose

The purpose of this taught programme is to develop students’ knowledge and research skills to enhance their current and future careers in supporting, delivering and integrating research into clinical practice, and fostering evidence-based practice.

Further literature

For further information about our postgraduate opportunities, please visit our Faculty Postgraduate Study handbook here.

Course format and assessment

There will be a variety of assessment tasks, depending on the optional modules you select. These can include coursework, exams and other written assignments such as essays and portfolios. Your course also includes a dissertation in clinical research.

As well as attending seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials, you will also need to spend time on independent study.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.






Year 1

Required Modules

Students study two compulsory modules, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Advanced Quantitative Research Methods. These 30 credit modules provide opportunity to study research methodologies in depth.

MRes Students also select optional module(s) to gain an additional 30 credits. A full list of optional modules will be provided when students enrol. Optional modules are available from throughout King’s Health Schools, including Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery and the Institute of Psychiatry. Recent students have studied a wide variety of courses, including Evidence Based Decision-Making in Health Care and Advanced Assessment Skills for Non Medical Practitioners (offered by FNSNM), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (offered by IoP), Skeletal Muscle Function, Fatigue and Plasticity - Movement to Molecules (offered by Physiotherapy), Health Economics and Health PolicyBasic Epidemiology and Statistics(offered by Medicine) and Issues in the Conduct of Health Care Research and Developing Professional Leadership.

The MRes programme culminates in the conduct of a substantial research dissertation (90 credits) with one to one supervision and group seminar support. The research project is 15,000 words, and you will also be required to submit a draft 3,000 word publication.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Research Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Normally a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours and a professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council or Health Professionals Council (or equivalent experience).

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


If you do not meet the normal entry requirements you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in funded research.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.


Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).  Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (MSc 2020/21); £3,330 per year (PG Cert 2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (2020/21); £7,450 per year (PG Cert 2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21); £1,665 per year (PG Cert 2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,175 per year (2020/21); £3,725 per year (PG Cert 2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS)

Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

A completed MSc will indicate to actual and potential employers that you have the abilities and characteristics required of nurses working in more advanced positions. As such, some graduates move on to more senior nursing roles, while others pursue a clinical-academic career.

Career destinations

Graduates from this programme are anticipated to develop a research or a clinical-academic career or move into a senior leadership role.


Next steps

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