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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MRes in Clinical Research is an umbrella programme made up of three pathways. You choose to study one pathway from:

  • Diabetes and Obesity - this pathway introduces modern investigative techniques including MRI and metabolomics and provides a deep understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of both types of diabetes, and obesity.
  • Human Nutrition - this pathway provides a greater insight into the academic, clinical, practical, and regulatory requirements of human nutrition and introduces the latest in cutting-edge research.
  • Translational Medicine - this pathway illustrates the use of humans as the experimental animal, exploring the challenges of drug development including learning about clinical trial design and understanding why most drug discovery programmes fail. You also have the opportunity to learn about non-drug therapeutic approaches, including regenerative medicine and vaccine development.

For the MRes programme (90 ECTS), you will undertake four core modules, in addition to a fifth elective module that is specific to the pathway you choose. The taught aspect (exams, coursework and practicals) contributes to 30% of the overall mark, with the research aspect (proposal, thesis and oral exam) covering the remaining 70% weighting of the course.

The research project topic will be based on your selected pathway. Past and current project topics include:

  • Human Nutrition – Appetite regulation, gut microbiota, gut health, food structure, nutrimetabolomics and personalised nutrition, energy homeostasis, dietary assessment.
  • Diabetes and Obesity – Gut hormones, appetite regulation, dietary treatment of obesity, glycaemic regulation, dietary control of diabetes, nutritional epidemiology.
  • Translational Medicine – Oncology, Neurology, Cardiovascular, Haematology. Students on this pathway also have the opportunity to complete vaccine based projects.

The MRes in Clinical Research is made up of two progressional levels (PG Cert and MSc), and you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Progression from the PG Certificate to the MRes is allowed, however, the research project will commence at the start of the following academic year. Successful PG certificate students will have to apply to the MRes and progression will not be automatic. If you take a break from studies after completion of the PGCert, the award to progress to the MRes will be valid for three years. If progression to the MRes is not undertaken within this period, then the PGCert component of the MRes must be repeated.

This course provides practical experience and training in designing, implementing, and reporting clinical studies. You complete the majority of the taught elements together; the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest is provided through a pathway-specific elective taught module and extensively through the research side of the programme.

Tuition fees

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£ 36,650per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Imperial College London

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  • Campus address

    Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Kensington and Chelsea, SW7 2AZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    195 80%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%


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