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PG Certificate /PG Diploma/ MSc Clinical Research

Time limit: 900 days
60 credits

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£10,000 Enroll

Full course description


Our postgraduate programme in clinical research will equip health and social care practitioners develop their skills to enable them design and lead high quality clinical research activities.


After undertaking this course, participants should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate published papers 
  • To conduct peer-review process of a manuscript
  • Have the skills to design, implement and develop report of clinical trials
  • Lead a clinical research team
  • Implement Good Clinical Practice during research



Graduate degree in a relevant subject including medicine, nursing, psychology, biological sciences, or related subjects. Applicants with relevant professional experience and without first degree should contact the Director of Courses


For PG Certificate, participants would choose up to 60 credits

For PG Diploma Certificate, participants will choose up to 120 credits

For MSc Certificate, participants will choose 120 credits plus dissertation ( 60 credits)

  •  Fundamental of clinical research ( 15 credits)
  • Systematic Reviews & Meta-analysis (15 credits)
  • Bioethics  (15 credits)
  •  Scientific Writing & Publication (15 credits)
  •  Managing Research  (15 credits)
  • Grant Writing ( 15 credits)
  • Biostatistics (qualitative and quantitative methods)  (15 credits)
  • Data Management (15 credits)

Teaching: The course will be taught through series of online tutorials, online formative exercises, series of pod-casts and discussion forums. It is compulsory that student take part in 90% of online tutorials.  Self-directed learning is an essential component of this training. Electronic learning resources will be made available in our VLE (Canvas). Online tutorial will be undertaken using Canvas.

Residential Component

The course includes 2 weeks compulsory intensive residential activities in Glasgow.  However, on certain occasion, the residential stay will be relocated to another city. This will be at the digression of the institute. This provides students and faculties to meet face-to-face for tutorials on time management and leadership training. As part of the assessment, student will write and submit a standard article for publication and there will be series of group presentations.


Assessment for this course is based on summative assessment which counts to the module mark. Each summative assessment for a module will be made of a 3000 word essays, scientific article of high standard, 15 minutes presentations, and 4000 worded final assignment consisting a a specific theme such as cardiovascular condition, oncology, infectious diseases, etc. For those progressing to MSc, a dissertation (60 credits) is required.

Fees and Funding

The clinical research training programme is aimed at professional working in healthcare settings who want to develop a career in research. The programme is flexible with options of existing with PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc up to 3 years.  

Full MSc fees is £10,000 for UK students and £12,000 for international students.