The MSc in Clinical Research has been designed, in consultation with NHS Partners, to meet the needs of practitioners and staff working in the NHS to ensure its relevance and value to NHS health professionals. The programme builds on the introduction to clinical research in the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research, developing and undertaking applied clinical research within an NHS organisational context. The MSc is aimed at a range of healthcare professionals including NHS staff with interests in research (e.g. R&D staff), doctors undertaking specialty training programmes or academic attachments (F1/F2 training) in NHS Trusts, senior medical trainees (Registrars), consultants or GPs who wish to develop career roles as research leaders, nurses and allied health professionals.
Successful completion of the course will enable professionals to:
The overall programme comprises eight modules as follows:
See Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research - 3 modules
Introduction to qualitative data and practical data management and analysis workshop.
Introduction to principles and practice of quantitative data analysis through SPSS.
Develops critical appraisal and evaluation of skills across a range of key research designs.
Develops applied skills in the construction and rationalisation of an evidence-based research question
Design, undertake and report a research project in a professional setting.
The course is delivered through blended learning with 9 face to face contact days over the first year and the remainder undertaken through distance learning. The scheme is modular, with a tiered-exit design providing Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma awards as appropriate for participants who do not complete all modules for the MSc.
During the MSc you will gain key research knowledge and skills, transferred into practical topics applied within your own professional environment, culminating in a twelve month research project, designed, delivered and submitted as a dissertation. This will prepare you for original work in your professional career and advanced level clinical research positions with the NHS, government, industry and healthcare organisations.
Assessment across the programme is varied incorporating research proposals and case reports, but there are no exams.
Students are expected to have a first degree in a relevant discipline, but students with non-standard qualification will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For all our courses we ask you to complete an application form. In addition, for our postgraduate courses we ask for a 500 word statement and recommendation from your line manager. Depending on your qualifications, we may ask you to undertake a pre-entry assessment.
If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (minimum element scores apply). Alternative qualifications are accepted.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact 0800 100 900.
For further information, please contact Dr Sally Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our aim is to make the application process as simple and efficient as possible for you. With this in mind, we would encourage you to apply online.
Lancaster Medical School
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