This Postgraduate Certificate is a flexible, modular, part-time course designed to help you develop your research skills to progress to the next stage of your post-graduate research career, or be involved in research as part of your healthcare role.

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The course is suitable for a wide range of healthcare professionals, and is of particular relevance to doctors and allied health professionals in academic training or established clinicians who wish to develop, enhance and implement their research skills. It will also be of benefit to healthcare educators, social care practitioners and researchers.

This course covers:

  • Knowledge and techniques
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Engagement, influence and impact
  • Research governance and organisation

You will gain an excellent foundation for critically understanding and evaluating research, its design, conduct, dissemination and funding, as well as acquiring knowledge of appropriate statistical methods.  And you will develop knowledge, practical skills and attitudes you need to become an effective healthcare researcher and conduct your own research.

  • Study time: 1 day per week for up to 9 months (October–June), most lectures occurring between October and December.
  • Maximum study period to complete qualification: three years
  • Study location: St George’s, University of London
  • Application deadline: 4 September 2020



  • Based at St George’s, University of London, with a strong research infrastructure and demonstrable research track record
  • Shared campus with St George’s Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK
  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University, so you will benefit from a large, multifaculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s
  • Curriculum based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
  • Support to develop your clinical academic career
  • Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside all other postgraduate research courses, clinical and academic staff and researchers
  • Interaction with researchers working at the cutting edge of specific areas of applied clinical research
  • Access to postgraduate learning centre
  • Development of a broad range of transferable skills

Tuition fees

2020 entry: £3,250

(Staff at St George’s University, Kingston University and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust pay a reduced fee of £1,500)

Fees are reviewed annually.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:18