Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 1. The Medical Sciences Board, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

  • 2. Candidates must follow for at least three and at most nine terms, a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Health Research, which shall normally take place over a period of no more than three years.

  • 3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) attendance at three of the modules listed in the Schedule (below);

    • (b) three written assignments, usually of no more than 5,000 words, one on each of the modules from 3(a) above.

  • The assignments set out in clause 3(b) shall be forwarded, usually electronically via a specified online submission system, to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

  • 4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate.

  • 6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the three assignments under 3(b) may be permitted, normally within one year of the original failure, to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failed on not more than one occasion for each assignment without being required to repeat attendance at the relevant module or modules under 3(a).

  • 7. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted, in exceptional circumstances, from attendance at any module under 3(a) and from submitting the associated assignment required under 3(b) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or has appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.


  1. M1: Practice of EBHC

  2. M2: Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

  3. M3: Bioethics and Good Clinical Practice

  4. Any other module as defined by the Programme Director and approved by the Standing Committee replacing one of the three above.]

[For students starting from MT 2018: (This programme has been discontinued.)]