Part time 12 Month(s)
This programme introduces the key principles, methods and techniques used in clinical research in modern health service settings. It will equip you with the essential skills required to effectively support healthcare research innovation.
These programmes are designed to cover the practicalities of conducting research as well as its theoretical basis. You will:
The programmes are delivered by face-to face teaching and via online learning, which is supported by online resources. They are designed with a tiered exit structure and provide progression routes to the Masters Degree.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
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, part-time (PgCert); 24 months, part-time (PgDip)
Entry requirements: First degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with relevant professional experience and without a first degree should contact the Course Director
Assessment: Coursework, including reports, research proposals, critical appraisals and oral presentations
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 (taken over 12 months) or progressing to a PG Diploma, or MSc over 36 months.
The PG Certificate is 60 credits, currently £2,833 per annum.
Visa restrictions mean that the PG Certificate is only open to home/ EU applicants.
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.
The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years
of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are
determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.
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The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK,
EU or overseas student.
Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session,
which usually runs from October to September the following year.
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recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into
account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against
other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate
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