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Master of Science in Clinical Research

Duration: 24 months

University of Warwick

Want to make an impact on the world? You can change lives with a career in clinical research and meaningfully improve patient care and health outcomes. A clinical research masters is vital to the training to enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. For instance, through clinical research we gain insights and answers about the safety and effectiveness of drugs and other therapies. Make a real difference and pursue a career in Clinical Research.

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Clinical Research Masters Programme Details


Research is at the heart of advancement in medicine and pharmacy. To pursue a career in research, it is critical you have the necessary grounding in the evidence base as to how robust, ethical research is conducted.

This Masters in Clinical Research is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at providing you with the requisite academic knowledge to conduct research within your professional scope of practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, clinical or the academic sector.  The programme covers clinical research design and methodologies, management of data, ethics, leadership, and is closely aligned to industry needs by focussing on the design and management of clinical trials. 

The MSc in clinical research offers state-of-the-art education that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and provide you with a leading edge understanding of Clinical Research. 

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 6 months

  • Postgraduate Diploma: 12 months

  • Master of Science: 24 months

About the University of Warwick

About the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick provides transformative learning and research opportunities that spark debate, fuel ambition and ignite innovation. Ranked 10th in United Kingdom and 69th in the World, the University of Warwick is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence delivering the highest standards of education, research, information and materials to improve the quality of healthcare globally.

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Why the University of Warwick?

  • Top 10 UK university
  • 7th within the Russell Group ranking
  • A global centre of academic excellence
Who is the clinical research masters for?

Who is the clinical research masters for?

This programme welcomes students from varied professional backgrounds from across the world, including physicians, nurses, dentists, professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, academicians and those who plan to conduct clinical trials.

You must hold a 2.2. honours degree (or above) from a UK university or comparable Institution in a healthcare, or life sciences background.

How is this programme delivered?

How is this programme delivered?

The master of science in clinical research part-time programme is provided through an unparalleled online education environment, blending self-directed learning with tutor-led teambased learning. Throughout the course, students will interact and engage in:

  • Weekly synchronous online tutorials.

  • Highly interactive content and tutor-moderated discussion forums.

  • Reflective exercises to test your thinking and learning application.

You never feel isolated in your learning with small-group sizes, a programme management team and tutor support.

Outcomes of this programme

Outcomes of this programme

Graduates of this online master’s programme can go on to work in a wide range of rewarding and challenging roles in clinical research. You will become leaders and principal investigators in the managing and monitoring of clinical research

Graduates will be able to:

  • Obtain a recognised Postgraduate qualification from a top 10 UK university

  • Secure local CME accreditation

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trial design, delivery and assessment

  • Explore theoretical and practical issues in the design and implementation of clinical trials

  • Develop skills in handling and presenting clinical trial data

  • Critically evaluate key aspects of how clinical trials are reviewed and reported

Programme Overview

The masters in clinical research online programme blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in: online group tutorials, tutor-moderated discussion forums, interactive case studies, reflective exercises. The programme is broken down into the following modules:

Programme Modules:

  • Introduction to evidence-based medicine.

  • Exploration of study design in clinical and medical research.

  • Designing research questions using accepted frameworks.

  • Refining research questions through appraisal of literature.

  • Assessing strengths / weaknesses and biases of study designs.

  • Ethical and regulatory frameworks of clinical research.

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Julie Bruce

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Course Benefits

Active, not passive learning

Heavily focussed on 'Learning by doing' - an active learning experience. Challenging formative assessments and group work to forge exemplary clinical educators.

World-leading healthcare faculty

Clinical Researchers of the highest calibre have developed the programme; they are thought leaders hand-selected by iheed from the world's leading medical schools and research industries.

Excellent career prospects

With the global clinical research market growing and a host of new opportunities appearing across the world, there’s never been a better time to enter the clinical research profession.

A Truly Global Programme

Developed by international Clinical Research experts. Participants from across the globe study together, learning from each other's experiences and forming a global network of like-minded researchers.

A world-class online learning experience

The programme is a truly transformative user experience. The content is rich, compelling, engaging and innovative. It includes interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused pedagogy.

Discounts and Flexible Payment Options available

We offer early registration discounts, bulk payment discounts and flexible payment plans to make this programme affordable and accessible to clinicians

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To apply for your place on a programme, all you have to is to fill out the online application form, and when requested send in proof of eligibility (confirmation of your previous degree/other qualifications).