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As announced on the NIHR website on 28 September 2021, the Postgraduate Certificate was funded by the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Programme (project number CRC Programme PGCert2 NU). The Postgraduate Certificate has been developed in line with the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework to support practising healthcare professionals aspiring to work in clinical research delivery.

Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences has been producing healthcare pioneers and professionals since 1834.
The faculty ranks among the UK’s top 10; the world’s top 150 for clinical, pre-clinical, and health studies; as well as the world’s top 100 for medicine.

Newcastle University's Clinical Research suite of programmes began in 2008 and the PGCert in Clinical Research Delivery, developed with support from the NIHR-AoMRC Clinical Researcher Credentials Framework is the latest addition to our provision. The course enables experienced healthcare professionals to contribute to clinical research delivery and develop future leaders. The course will be:

  • delivered by academics and NHS clinical researchers, all active in their fields
  • flexible and online to accommodate busy working professionals.
  • delivered by the newly awarded Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NIHP), one of eight Academic Health Science Centres in the UK. AHSC’s allow unique partnerships between researchers and healthcare staff working at the front line delivering patient care.

Course Overview

The course comprises three modules:

  • Integrity, Infrastructure and Information Governance in Healthcare Research
  • Study Design, Data Management and Communication of Clinical Research
  • Research Delivery in Practice

The first two modules are interactive and taught online and the 'Research Delivery in Practice' module is based in your workplace; so your new skills can be directly applied in your own work environment, under the mentorship of experienced senior clinical researchers. 

The PGCert in Clinical Research Delivery can be used in recognition of prior learning if students wish to continue on PGDip or full masters at NIHR-funded courses at other Universities. 

Find out more information, including how to apply here.

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DHSC bursaries are available to support a number of learners’ course fees to undertake the PGCert.

To be eligible for a competitive bursary learners must:

• Have the support of their employer

• Work in England in an NHS setting (includes Primary care)

• Commit to completing the full Postgraduate Certificate

• Agree to provide information for up to 5 years about the impact of the course on their future career

It is helpful if you have identified a supervisor for the practical experience, but should you not have one, we can help with the matching.

Please note the deadline for bursary applications is 1st August 2024 and it is a requirement to have received and accepted an offer of a place on the course. This offer can be declined by the student if they are unsuccessful in their bursary application

Please contact us for details.