Doctor of Clinical Research (DClinRes)

Duration Part time 4-6 years
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date January


Our Professional Doctor of Clinical Research (DClinRes), a unique collaboration between Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR), Psychology and the University of Exeter Medical School, has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles.

Delivered by leading academics and practitioners, the programme aims to educate Allied Health Professionals to shift the major focus of their research activities from a tradition characterised by work which is predominantly descriptive, cross-sectional and introspective, to one which is translational, experimental, longitudinal, generalisable and implementation focussed.

The programme includes advanced training in clinical research leadership skills and organisational practice, and is underpinned by the Medical Research Council’s mixed-methods Complex Interventions Research Framework. The Doctorate offers participants the opportunity to complete a Service Related Research Project linked to their area of practice allowing them to evaluate their local clinical service. In addition, participants undertake a Major Clinical Research Project related to their area of practice and aligned with the strategic aims within their local service and organisation.

The programme is based on the latest guidance for research which investigates how to develop and determine the components, efficacy, effectiveness, applicability and translational utility of complex healthcare interventions for complex interventions in medicine. It integrates investigative methods for complex interventions through a mixed methodological process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation.

Application dates

We are now accepting applications for a September 2021 cohort. We are offering two rounds of interviews this Spring/Summer. Currently due to Covid restrictions, the interviews will take place remotely (online).

Spring applications

Application deadline: 18 May 2021
Interviews will be scheduled in late May (28 May or another convenient date).
Offers will be made at the beginning of June.

Summer applications

Application deadline: 15 June 2021
Interviews will be scheduled in late June (25 June or another convenient date).
Offers will be made at the beginning of July.

After 1 July we are accepting applications on a rolling individual basis.

How to apply

You can apply online using our application portal, where you will be able to submit your research proposal, academic CV and other supporting documents.

Professor Eugene Mullan, Director of Clinical Training

This programme aims to provide you with an education that will give you competence in your chosen discipline, and to encourage you to develop your intellectual capabilities within an institution that is committed to advancing research, scholarship and learning, and to disseminating knowledge.

Professor Eugene Mullan, Director of Clinical Training

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Athena SWAN

We have made a commitment to gender equality for all our staff and students. Psychology has been granted a Silver Athena SWAN award.

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