Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes)

Benefits for participants and employers

Our DClinRes programme aims to develop within participants knowledge and competencies that will benefit both them individually and the organisations for which they work. Participants will benefit from:

  • developing skills to work and lead in senior clinical positions in healthcare through evidence based leadership practice, and conduct high quality applied clinical research;
  • an improved ability to conceptualise, design and implement a major research project for a generation of new knowledge at the forefront of their discipline and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen circumstances;
  • a greater depth and systematic understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of their discipline;
  • an increased ability to analyse, manage and lead the implications of ethical dilemmas and work proactively with others to formulate solutions;
  • a demonstrative and comprehensive understanding of research methodologies applicable to their discipline;
  • an enhanced ability to formulate, design, implement and communicate the results of large scale and service-based clinical research projects;
  • a capacity to synthesise new approaches in a manner that can contribute to the development of methodology or understanding in clinical research practice;
  • an improved ability to act independently and with originality in problem solving, leading in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level;
  • enhanced skills to influence policy, effect positive change and lead at national and international levels commensurate with their senior role;
  • improved skills to lead and work effectively within a group, clarifying tasks and managing the capacity of group members;
  • competence to reflect on own and other’s functioning in order to improve practice, guide and support the learning of others and manage own continuing professional development

I have found this a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening course. The main focus is about providing clinical staff with the skills and confidence to both get involved with research and to lead it, thereby making evidence based practice in everyday settings more of a reality.

I feel especially fortunate to have been a part of the first cohort. The teaching staff have been patient, helpful and ensured that we all kept going. They really have demystified the research process and taken us step by step through various concepts. Before you know it you suddenly do feel that you have a grasp of all the material.

Working in a cohort has been particularly beneficial and helped me to stay on programme when it has been more difficult. There has been a great team spirit.

I would highly recommend this course to others. I have learnt so much. Thank you.

Rachel Harris, Professional Officer, Society and College of Radiographers, DClinRes