Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
The MSc in Clinical Research is an in-depth training programme which builds on the introduction to clinical research in the PgCert and the training in evidence-based medicine and specialist skills gained in the PgDip.
The programme provides an introduction to clinical research and applied methodological skills and enables you to translate research into practice. It can be taken as a one, two or three year programme.
You will develop and undertake a research project designed, delivered and submitted as a dissertation. This project is undertaken in your own professional context, under academic supervision.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
The module will develop the students understanding and knowledge of the research cycle in an applied context. By completing a formal report of research undertaken relevant to the students own professional practice (15,000 words), the dissertation offers students the opportunity to apply research skills, developed on the previous modules, in a work-based research project framework.
The module will introduce students to the complex relationship between research evidence, health policy and practice. It will enable them to use tools to critically appraise research literature, and to communicate with different groups of stakeholders to outline research priorities and findings. Students will become familiar with topics including evidence synthesis/ systematic review, critical appraisal, relating research interests and key research priorities, communicating research, translating evidence into policy and practice and Public and Patient Involvement.
The module will engage students with the research process from initial idea to communicating results. Students will develop a systematic understanding of research management applicable to their organisational context and clinical practice. Students will cover an overview of topics including selecting a research question, considering a method, the practicalities of research (ethics, governance, funding, project management, data management), data collection and analysis, and reporting and presenting research.
This module will introduce a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs, providing a an introduction to the underlying theory and some practical experience of using data collection and analysis methods in practice. Students will cover topics including the concept and definitions of research quality, including their applicability to different methodological approaches and evidence-based practice, and quantitative and qualitative study designs, methods, methodologies and analytical methods.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Dr Liz Brewster
Duration: 12 months full-time or 24 or 36 months, part-time
Entry requirements: First degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with relevant professional experience and without a first degree should contact the Course Director
IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply)
Assessment: Coursework and practice-based dissertation
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.
The Clinical Research programme is designed for professionals working in healthcare settings who are interested in building a research career. The programme offers a flexible pathway through study, with a tiered exit structure allowing students to exit with a PG Certificate, PG Diploma, or MSc over three years. The MSc can also be studied full time over one year, or part time over two years.
The full MSc Clinical Research programme (180 credits) is £8,500 for home/ EU students and £19,500 for overseas students.
Home/ EU students can also choose from two study programme pathways:
For most Home/ EU students, it is likely they would complete the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) in their first year, progressing on to the Postgraduate Diploma (a further 60 credits) in their second year, and the Masters (60 credit Dissertation) in their third year.
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