Postgraduate Courses

To support the growth of locally led funded research initiatives we have developed postgraduate courses designed to build capability and support the acquisition of research skills.

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research

A part-time course delivered over 1 year designed to introduce professionals working in a health related environment to the concepts and principles of clinical research. The programme supports the exploration and acquisition of knowledge and skills that form the foundations of clinical research, drawing on the breadth of interdisciplinary expertise within the Faculty of Health and Medicine and NHS partner organisations. The Certificate forms the first year of the MSc for students who wish to progress.

The course comprises 3 modules:

  • Essential tools for clinical research.
  • Governance and management of clinical research.
  • Applying for Research Funding (tbc).

Further information and how to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate.

"This programme will benefit both individuals and employing organisations"
Blackpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Masters in Clinical Research

The MSc builds on the introduction to clinical research undertaken on the Postgraduate Certificate, developing and undertaking relevant research within the students own professional context. Progression to the MSc is undertaken part-time over 2 years and addresses the complete cycle of clinical research, from identifying research questions, and designing and managing research studies, through to translating research findings into professional practice. Successful completion of the programme will enable professionals to lead research projects, innovations and new developments in order to advance local and national evidence-based clinical research practice.

The overall programme comprises eight modules as follows:

  • Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research (see above)
  • Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma
    • Analysing qualitative and quantitative data (tbc)
    • Principles of evidence-based practice
    • Literature review
  • Year 3 – MSc
    • Practice-based dissertation

Further information and how to apply for the MSc.


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