Clinical Research

Key information

Start date: October 2019
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Register your interest2018 entry

Overview

Our MRes degrees in Clinical Research equip you with the knowledge and skills to undertake valuable research within one of four distinct areas (see list of pathways below).

The principal goal is to provide a thorough grounding in cutting-edge clinical research, with a strong focus on your chosen pathway.

The programme provides a structured approach to developing knowledge and skills which will enable you to develop your own research portfolio or, more commonly, assist in the management of an existing portfolio.

You will gain an understanding of research methodologies by studying in a world-leading research environment.

These degrees provide knowledge and understanding of key topics including clinical trial design, the critical pathway for drug development, statistics, good clinical practice and critical appraisal.

You will be equipped with management and communication skills, including problem-solving, project design, decision process, teamwork, written and oral reports and become familiar with scientific publications.

The primary aim of the programme is to equip you with the theoretical aspects of supporting and managing clinical research.

Study programme

You undertake four taught modules, each held across one-week, and assessed by four exams and one piece of coursework. Three of the modules are core to all pathways, with students separating for the third module specific to their pathway. The research project is a 10,000 word piece undertaken throughout the programme and assessed by a viva voce in the final month.

Choosing your pathway

You choose a pathway when applying to this course, and graduate with the relevant award below:

  • MRes Clinical Research (Diabetes and Obesity)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Human Vaccinology) – suspended for 2018 entry
  • MRes Clinical Research (Translational Medicine)

The Human Vaccinology stream will not be running in 2018/19. The Department plan to re-launch the stream for 2019 entry.

All students complete the majority of the taught modules together; the opportunity to specialise in their area of interest is provided through a pathway specific taught module and extensively through the research element of the programme.

Each pathway is covered in greater detail in the structure section of this page.

Careers

The careers open to graduates will vary depending on which pathway is chosen. Graduates have progressed to employment within research, for example clinical trials and the food industry.

Others have continued careers and sought promotion within the health sector. A large number progress to PhD scholarships. These degrees are ideal for those wishing to progress to a PhD studentship or a research based role within the NHS. Some graduates have gone on to successfully secure a place at medical schools.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Choosing your pathway

Diabetes and Obesity

This pathway uses the core modules to provide a grounding in governance, statistics, critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics, first time in human studies, biomarkers, surrogate endpoints and conducting research in challenging situations.

Then, you have the opportunity to turn your focus to Diabetes and Obesity through the pathway module. The module evaluates recent research advances in the management and treatment of diabetes and obesity, including appetite regulation.

The pathway module introduces modern investigative techniques including MRI and metabolomics and will provide a deep understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of both types of diabetes, and obesity.

You will extensively cover topics related to your pathway in your research project, which can be carried out in either clinical or laboratory settings (depending on project specification).

Overall, you gain skills in identifying patients with diabetes and obesity and their associated risk factors. You also build your skills in critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation in relation to diabetes and obesity research.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios
  • Critical Appraisal (topic is covered during the first module and regularly during monthly journal clubs, in preparation for the coursework assessment)
  • Research Conduct and Governance
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Diabetes and Obesity

Human Nutrition

This pathway uses the core modules to provide a grounding in governance, statistics, critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics, first time in human studies, biomarkers, surrogate endpoints and conducting research in challenging situations.

Then, you have the opportunity to turn your focus to Human Nutrition through the pathway module. The module ensures you gain skills in measuring diet, nutritional status and appetite. You also build your skills of critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation in relation to nutrition research.

You will extensively cover topics related to your pathway in your research project, which can be carried out in either clinical or laboratory settings (depending on project specification).

Overall, you receive greater insight into the academic; clinical and practical; and regulatory requirements of human nutrition research and will introduce the latest in cutting edge research.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios
  • Critical Appraisal (topic is covered during the first module and regularly during monthly journal clubs, in preparation for the coursework assessment)
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Human Nutrition

Human Vaccinology

The main aim of the pathway is to introduce you to the challenges of research conducted during design and development of vaccines against human infectious diseases.

This pathway takes advantage of the established core modules of the MRes programme. The opportunity for you to streamline your focus within the area of Human Vaccinology is provided through specialist teaching during the pathway module and in particular within the research project.

The project will provide an opportunity to gain basic laboratory experience in research methods, or epidemiology/statistical techniques as applied to vaccines.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios
  • Critical Appraisal (topic is covered during the first module and regularly during monthly journal clubs, in preparation for the coursework assessment)
  • Research Conduct and Governance
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Human Vaccinology

Translational Medicine

This pathway uses the core modules to provide a grounding in governance, statistics, critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics, first time in human studies, biomarkers, surrogate endpoints and conducting research in challenging situations.

Then, you have the opportunity to turn your focus to Translational Medicine through the pathway module. The pathway module will introduce the challenges of research in non-drug interventional research, including regenerative medicine and devices and illustrate the use of humans as an experimental animal. You will also have the opportunity to investigate why drugs fail in development.

The pathway module ensures you are able to discuss the special considerations around how a range of non-drug interventions are developed for human health. You will appreciate the possibilities for using humans as volunteers to understand disease mechanisms and drug action through challenge studies.

You will extensively cover topics related to your pathway in your research project, which can be carried out in either clinical or laboratory settings (depending on project specification).

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios
  • Critical Appraisal (topic is covered during the first module and regularly during monthly journal clubs, in preparation for the coursework assessment)
  • Research Conduct and Governance
  • Research Project and viva
Pathway module
  • Translational Medicine

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Interactive workshops
  • Journal clubs
  • Online modules
  • Student presentations

Project learning

  • Group meetings
  • Oral presentations
  • Project reports
  • Research proposal

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Thesis
  • Viva voce

Assessment information

  • Taught element (4 exams and 1 piece of coursework) — 30% (broken down further across the modules and assessments)
  • Research element (10,000 word research project and viva voce) — 70%

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in medicine or life sciences.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
Full-time £11,300 per year
Part-time £5,650 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
Full-time £34,500 per year
Part-time £17,250 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Medicine

Got a question?

Fiona Bibby – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 3313 6114
E: f.bibby@imperial.ac.uk

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