Clinical Research

Key information

Start date: October 2017
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Course Director
Professor Martin Wilkins
Professor Gary Frost

Open to applications
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Overview

This course provides advanced, hands-on training in the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical research, such as drug discovery, pharmacokinetics, role of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints, and medical statistics.

The course combines an introduction to the theory behind and technologies currently used in drug discovery, pharmacokinetics, role of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints, preclinical safety assessment, first-time-in-human studies, clinical investigation paradigms, research governance and medical statistics.

Suitable for all medical disciplines, but of particular interest to Cardiovascular/Respiratory, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Metabolic medicine, the programme is highly suitable for graduates in medicine or science who wish to pursue a career as clinical academics and for medical professionals in industry.

Choosing a stream

There are four separate streams, including this one, within our MRes Clinical Research:

Structure

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

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Clinical Research Measures
  • Cllinical Research Scenarios 
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Conduct and Governance 
  • Research Project and viva

Optional module

You take the optional module below relevant to your stream choice.

  • Diabetes and Obesity (pathway module)
  • Human Nutrition (pathway module)
  • Human Vaccinology (pathway module)
  • Translational Medicine (pathway module)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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

Project learning

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

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Thesis
  • Viva voce

Assessment information

  • Taught element (2 exams and 1 piece of coursework) — 30%
  • Research element (10,000 word research project and viva voce) — 70%

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)

2017 entry
Full-time £10,000
Part-time £5,000 per year*

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

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £30,600
Part-time £15,300 per year*

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

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 £10,000 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.

Admissions

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

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours 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.

Application process

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

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

Further information

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Contact us

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

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students

Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.