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Humber’s Clinical Research graduate certificate program focuses on developing the concepts, skills and techniques required to work in the clinical research field. Read more
Humber’s Clinical Research graduate certificate program focuses on developing the concepts, skills and techniques required to work in the clinical research field. You will gain knowledge and skills in the planning and management of clinical research including practices related to the organization, execution and monitoring of clinical trials. You will learn clinical trial protocol development as part of the principles and processes of clinical trial design.

There is a focus on maintaining good clinical practice (GCP), as presented by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), and the importance of data collection, analysis, recording, and auditing, for ensuring that clinical trial data are credible and accurate. You will become familiar with the many regulations and guidelines established to ensure trials are conducted ethically and in a way that respects the rights of clinical trial participants, while also ensuring that robust scientific research is done.

Teamwork and communication skills are emphasized throughout the program and you will acquire the necessary technological skills to assist with data management specific to the field.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Perform the duties of a clinical research professional, as part of a project team, at all phases of the product/treatment development and post-market processes.
• Consider political, social, and economic factors when making decisions related to clinical research practices in order to plan responses for potentially challenging and complex outcomes.
• Analyze clinical research processes and products from multiple perspectives to identify potential impacts on industry.
• Synthesize scientific, regulatory, and business information from various sources to prepare effective clinical research documents.
• Maintain ethical, legal, regulatory, and professional standards associated with clinical research.
• Create a clinical development plan for a novel therapeutic product.
• Evaluate clinical research practices according to recognized Quality Assurance Process.
• Integrate effective technology and record-keeping practices within all stages of clinical research and post marketing processes to ensure compliance with research approvals and professional and ethical standards of practice.
• Adhere to the principles and practices of specific Standard Operating Procedures to prepare and manage documentation and data in compliance with approved protocols.
• Prepare and critique submissions for clinical trials and marketing approvals that meet regulatory and industry requirements.
• Apply critical analysis, problem solving, and project management skills to recognize and respond to complex clinical research challenges.
• Engage in knowledge translation to contribute to the advancement of the health care industry.
• Collaborate with study participants, research teams, and regulatory and business professionals to contribute to high quality clinical research processes.

Modules

Semester 1
• CLRE 5000: Introduction to Clinical Research
• CLRE 5001: ICH and Legislation Governing Clinical Research
• CLRE 5002: Communications
• CLRE 5003: Clinical Laboratory Procedures and Diagnostic Testing
• CLRE 5004: Pharmacology
• CLRE 5005: Physiology with Pathophysiology

Semester 2
• CLRE 5500: Non-Drug Medical Products
• CLRE 5501: Organization and Monitoring of Clinicals Trials
• CLRE 5502: Data Management and Biostatistics
• CLRE 5503: Seminars in Clinical Research
• CLRE 5504: Clinical Project Management
• CLRE 5505: Clinical Documentation

Semester 3
• CLRE 5600: Internship
• CLRE 5610: Integrative Seminar

Work Placement

Following two online academic semesters, students complete a three-month placement that provides opportunities to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and skills into real-world work settings. Most placements are in the following sectors: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device organizations, government agencies and hospitals.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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RECRUITING NOW FOR JANUARY 2016. The MSc Clinical Research is designed to recruit students who wish to learn about research methods and evidence based practice in a clinical setting and to develop a career in clinical academia or research with a potential to embark on further training such as a doctoral programme. Read more

About the course

RECRUITING NOW FOR JANUARY 2016
The MSc Clinical Research is designed to recruit students who wish to learn about research methods and evidence based practice in a clinical setting and to develop a career in clinical academia or research with a potential to embark on further training such as a doctoral programme. Students will receive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop research competency, research skills and critical judgment in an area of clinical practice.

The programme is well suited for qualified Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Care Professionals, Dentists, Pharmacists, Health Science Professionals or Clinical Psychologists who have experience in a clinical setting.

This exciting and stimulating MSc Clinical Research is delivered by the established Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) within the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire. CRIPACC is a dedicated, enthusiastic and friendly research centre with a national and international reputation, offering an excellent opportunity to learn.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/clinical-research-msc

Aims of the MSc Clinical Research

- Develop a student's academic research career by advancing their research and leadership skills in a clinical area and provide outstanding preparation for future research training, including progression to doctoral studies.

- Equip the student with a core set of skills and knowledge of relevant theory and research methodologies in clinical research as well as a thorough understanding of the research process from planning, conducting, analysing and disseminating, to develop them into an independent researcher in their clinical setting.

- Enhance skills and knowledge that are transferable across a diversity of healthcare settings at an individual and organisational level, such as critical thinking, project management, use of IT and problem solving skills.

- Provide a supportive and stimulating blended learning environment, including small group teaching, Master classes, and a variety of e-learning teaching methods, and delivered by experienced and dedicated researchers in the internationally renowned research centre.

Why choose this course?

- Highly rated by past students as a positive experience and well organised course. Evidence Based Practice and Patient and Public Involvement in Research modules were particularly popular.

- Experienced multi-disciplinary lecturers with established track records in health-related research such as Adolescent, Child and Family Health; Older People’s Health and Complex Conditions; Food and Public Health; Patient Experience and Public Involvement; and Evidence Based Practice.

- Furthering the student’s academic career through personalised mentorship in line with the HEE/NIHR integrated academic career pathway. CRIPACC has a strong track record of mentoring having led the NIHR/CNO Health Research Training Fellow mentorship scheme and the local scheme developed in response to the Athena Swan Charter.

- Excellent opportunities to disseminate the student’s work through publication and presentation at conferences.

- A unique Clinical Research Dissertation where the student produces a ready-to-use research grant application for application in their clinical setting or a doctoral fellowship.

- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Health and Social Work of which CRIPACC was a major contributor demonstrated an outcome of 82% of research quality being rated as 3* and 4*, with an impact and environment outcome of 100% at 3* and 4*.

- Two state-of-the-art Learning Resources Centres open 24/7 to meet modern integrated learning resources and services.

- Attainment a Good Clinical Practice Certificate and completion of the NHS Leadership “Edward Jenner” online programme.

Careers

On completion of the course, students will be well placed to carry out primary research, promote evidence-based practice by delivering and integrating research findings into their clinical practice and thereby improving health outcomes in their clinical settings. Students will be confident in publishing papers and presenting for conferences. Students will be prepared to apply for research grant funding and/or furthering their clinical academic career by pursuing a Doctorate degree.

Teaching methods

The programme is taught through a combination of innovative lectures, seminars, small group teaching, face-to-face tutorials, workshops, online teaching and individual supervision. Training is flexible and teaching is provided in blocks of two full days, which allows students to organise their time effectively to manage the demands of clinical practice and academic study.

Different assessment methods are used, including coursework and practicals. Coursework includes essays, short pieces of writing work, blogs, critical review, whereas practicals include oral presentations.

In addition, the University has an excellent reputation in blended learning and is supported by the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre (LTIC). The MSc programme team collaborate with the LTIC and benefit from their expertise in incorporating effective learning, teaching and assessment methods into their modules.

The course is supported by a dedicated Information Manager and the two state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centres, which provide information, computing, study and coursework support. A versatile online inter-active learning environment, StudyNet, allows every student to access information relevant to their studies online through a web browser both on and off campus available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Programme Modules, Mode of Study and Awards

The MSc Clinical Research consists of six compulsory modules. As well as these modules, the students will have the opportunity to acquire their Good Clinical Practice certificate and complete the NHS Leadership “Edward Jenner” online programme during their studies.

The MSc Clinical Research is offered on a one year full-time basis or on a part-time basis from two years to a maximum of five years. Individual modules can also be taken.

The programme leads to the following awards:
- MSc Clinical Research – 180 credits required to be passed at level 7 and includes all six modules
- Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methodologies (Clinical Research) - 120 credits required to be passed at level 7 and includes all the modules, except the Clinical Research Dissertation module
- Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodologies (Clinical Research) - 60 credits required to be passed at level 7 and includes the module Evidence Based Practice and either Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods modules

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/clinical-research-msc#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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MClinRes (Leadership) - full time. 12 months, part time. 36 months, accelerated. part time 24 months. MClinRes - full time. 12 months, part time 36 months, accelerated. Read more
MClinRes (Leadership) - full time: 12 months, part time: 36 months, accelerated: part time 24 months
MClinRes - full time: 12 months, part time 36 months, accelerated: part time 24 months
PGDip - part time: 24 months, accelerated: part time 12 months
PGCert - part time: 12 months
CPD modules available

Course Overview

Our flexible courses allow you to study clinical research in the context of your work. We developed them with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They are ideal for health professionals and clinical research support staff. They also suit education and industry professionals who aspire to become a clinical academic.

Our courses encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research in the context of your professional role. You'll learn about and develop clinical research in your workplace. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course. To do this you will need to nominate a workplace mentor. They will provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. They'll also support your studies, maintaining academic and clinical links throughout the course.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-research-leader-mclinres-pgdip-pgcert/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-research-leader-mclinres-pgdip-pgcert/#howtoapply

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MClinRes - full time. 12 months, part time 36 months, accelerated. part time 12 months. MClinRes (Ageing) - part time. 36 months, accelerated. Read more
MClinRes - full time: 12 months, part time 36 months, accelerated: part time 12 months
MClinRes (Ageing) - part time: 36 months, accelerated: part time 12 months
PGDip - part time: 24 months, accelerated: part time 12 months
PGCert - part time: 12 months
CPD modules available

Course overview

Our online courses allow you to study clinical research in the context of your work. We developed them with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They are ideal for health professionals and clinical research support staff. They also suit education and industry professionals who aspire to become a clinical academic.

The courses encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research in the context of your professional role. You'll learn about and develop clinical research in your workplace. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course.

To do this you will need to nominate a workplace mentor. They will provide professional and specialist advice and guidance. They'll also support your studies, maintaining academic and clinical links throughout the course.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-research-age-mclinres-pgdip-pgcert/#modules

How to Apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-research-age-mclinres-pgdip-pgcert/#howtoapply

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Undertaking the Master of Clinical Research Methods at Monash University, a Group of Eight University and one that is ranked in the Top 100 Universities worldwide, will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the broad domain of clinical research and a postgraduate qualification that is recognised around the world. Read more
Undertaking the Master of Clinical Research Methods at Monash University, a Group of Eight University and one that is ranked in the Top 100 Universities worldwide, will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the broad domain of clinical research and a postgraduate qualification that is recognised around the world.

This 12-unit course provides students with the full range of quantitative and analytical skills necessary to work in the broad domain of clinical health. It especially focuses on developing skills in the quantitative methods of clinical research and application to patient care.

Students must complete 9 core units, plus either 3 electives or 1 elective and a 12 credit point project.

Teaching is structured as a combination of on-line educational delivery, and face to face block days which suits busy professionals and those who balance other responsibilities in their lives.

Students may quality for entry into a PhD by the following pathways:

Successfully completing the Master of Clinical Research Methods including a Distinction average in: chronic diseases: epidemiology and prevention; regression methods for epidemiology; advanced statistical methods for clinical research; clinical measurement and systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

OR

Completing the Master of Clinical Research Methods including the 12 credit point project and achieve a Distinction average in epidemiology and prevention; regression methods for epidemiology; advanced statistical methods for clinical research; and clinical measurement.

Exit points: Students may be eligible to alternately exit from the Master's program with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods or Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods provided the requirements of the alternative exit have been met.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/clinical-research-methods-2311?domestic=true

Career opportunities

Graduates may move into careers in a diverse range of areas within research and the wider health sector. These may include employment within clinical research units in medical, nursing or allied health science; work in industry sponsored trials; applying their skills in investigator initiated studies in public health, primary care, infection control, chronic disease and clinical medicine, or they may implement their skills in their usual employment.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/medicine

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

The Faculty is also home to a number of leading medical and biomedical research institutes and groups, and has contributed to advances in many crucial areas: in vitro fertilisation, obesity research, drug design, cardiovascular physiology, functional genomics, infectious diseases, inflammation, psychology, neurosciences and mental health.

Notwithstanding the relatively short history of our University, the Faculty is ranked in the top 50 in the world for its expertise in life sciences and biomedicine by the Times Higher Education and QS World University 2012 benchmarks.

Courses offered by the Faculty include medicine, nursing, radiography and medical imaging, nutrition and dietetics,emergency health studies, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work. A range of research and coursework postgraduate programs is also offered.

The Faculty takes pride in delivering outstanding education in all courses, in opening students to the possibilities offered by newly discovered knowledge, and in providing a nurturing and caring environment.

Further details may be found at: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/about.html

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/clinical-research-methods-2311?domestic=true#making-the-application

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This course is open to allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in clinical practice. They should hold current registration with an appropriate regulatory body and meet NHS Trust workforce requirements. Read more
This course is open to allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in clinical practice. They should hold current registration with an appropriate regulatory body and meet NHS Trust workforce requirements. Normally have a first or upper second class degree in their area of professional practice and have a least one year of clinical practice experience (or part time equivalent). Candidates should normally be working in an NHS Trust which is prepared to maintain a relationship with the student during the course, in particular to provide an environment for the student to undertake their clinical research project.


There is increasing demand for high quality clinical research to underpin practice, and exciting new career pathways are available for suitably qualified practitioners to lead and develop this research provision.

This course is based in the vibrant research environment of the Clinical Research Centre and provides broad clinical research training for allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in a clinical environment. The course is suitable for clinicians wishing to pursue a clinical academic career and conforms with the NIHR framework for this level of study. Clinicians will be prepared for a leadership role in research and may be able to progress to doctoral-level studies.


Course structure:

As a research degree, the research component is greater than the taught part of the course. The course is made up of four taught modules in the early part of the course, and a supervised clinical research project.

The taught component involves a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, and the research component is supported by a series of workshops and individual tutorials.


Areas of study:

A wide-ranging introduction to qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis in healthcare is covered. In addition to this, students choose to study specific research methodologies in depth, allowing them to focus on those of most relevance to their clinical practice and research interests.

In order to undertake and lead research in the modern NHS one of the core modules focuses on areas such as public and patient involvement in research, the production of evidence to support decision-making by policy makers, the legislative requirements of undertaking clinical trials and the ethical and economic issues influencing clinical research.

The supervised research project gives students the opportunity to undertake a piece of clinical research within their own clinical area. This allows the research undertaken to directly contribute to the student's current clinical practice and feeds directly into the service provision.

Syllabus:

Core modules
Research Methods for Health Professionals
Leading Research in the Modern NHS
Clinical Research project

One from:
Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research
Qualitative Research
Epidemiology
Analysis of Function

One module from the large portfolio of health-related modules offered in the Faculty of Health and Social Science graduate programme.


Career and progression opportunities:

The course gives clinicians the opportunity to develop their clinical research careers, and forms part of the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Academic Training Pathway, acting as a platform for progression to doctoral level research for some individuals.

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Our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes) has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles. Read more
Our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes) has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles. It is a unique collaboration between Clinical Education Development and Research ( CEDAR, http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/), Psychology and the University of Exeter Medical School.

Delivered by leading academics and practitioners, the programme aims to educate Allied Health Professionals to shift the major focus of their research activities from a tradition characterised by work which is predominantly descriptive, cross-sectional and introspective, to one which is translational, experimental, longitudinal, generalisable and implementation focussed.

The programme includes advanced training in clinical research leadership skills and organisational practice, and is underpinned by the Medical Research Council’s mixed methods Complex Interventions Research Framework. The Doctorate offers participants the opportunity to complete a Service Related Research Project linked to their area of practice allowing them to evaluate their local clinical service. In addition, participants undertake a Major Clinical Research Project related to their area of practice and aligned with the strategic aims within their local service and organisation.

The programme is based on the latest guidance for research which investigates how to develop and determine the components, efficacy, effectiveness, applicability and translational utility of complex healthcare interventions for complex interventions in medicine. It integrates investigative methods for complex interventions through a mixed methodological process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation.

Responding to a challenge

Our Doctorate in Clinical Research has been developed in response to a need, identified by training commissioners and professional organisations, for specific skills training within this area of the healthcare workforce.

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) such as nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, radiographers and occupational therapists have a critical role to play in meeting health and social care challenges at the fore of global health concerns.
These include an
• aging population,
• chronic diseases,
• and new endemics

AHPs engage in an ever widening range of activities, many of which are highly complex and take place in multiple care environments including acute medicine, chronic care facilities, community and residential care homes. Example activities include patient education programmes, the coordination and delivery of packages of psychosocial care, and support for patient self-care.

Changes in healthcare organisation internationally (e.g. short hospital periods and growing responsibility for patient self-care) are placing more healthcare in the hands of AHPs, increasing the scope and the overall need for an underpinning evidence base.

The relevance of a Complex Interventions Research Framework

The care provided by AHPs to patients is an increasingly complicated activity and can be seen as the quintessential ‘complex intervention’ – defined as an activity that contains a number of component parts with the potential for interactions between them which, when applied to the intended target population, produces a range of possible and variable outcomes (Medical Research Council, 2008).

Complex interventions are widespread throughout all of health and social care, from the apparently simple example of pharmacological treatment with its combination of biochemical, social and psychological factors influencing patient concordance and physiological response, to more obviously complex educational or psychological interventions where a multi-layered set of dynamic features have great bearing on ultimate effectiveness.

Our programmes are underpinned by the Medical Research Council’s mixed methods Complex Interventions Research Framework, which emphasises our commitment to applied research in a healthcare context.

Programme structure

Our Doctorate in Clinical Research is run part-time over four years. The taught component of the programme has been re-structured to better enable both national and international attendance. The course commences with a 5 day block of teaching in February, with the remaining pre-thesis teaching components taking place over the next 18 months in smaller block delivery. Please see the website for up to date information at http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/dclinres/structure/.

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This course provides a focused programme of practical and academic study to enable healthcare. and health science professionals to acquire the necessary research skills for future careers in clinical research. Read more

Highlights

This course provides a focused programme of practical and academic study to enable healthcare
and health science professionals to acquire the necessary research skills for future careers in clinical research. This interprofessional
programme is suitable for a range of professionals, including nurses, midwives pharmacists, allied health
professionals and health scientists.

The course builds on your existing research skills and introduces you to contemporary professional
research practices employed within health care and health science environments. It aims to develop appropriate knowledge,
skills and attitudes in order to be an effective and productive researcher. Throughout the course you will learn about the
processes and principles associated with good clinical practice research. You will also develop a range of advanced
transferable and applied research skills which enable you to plan, lead and manage clinical research, promote and drive
change in clinical practice, and actively engage with the wider research community. The course encourages you to interact
with researchers working at the cutting edge of specific areas of applied clinical research. You will have opportunities to
undertake a clinical research project and be supported by an academic supervisor as well as a clinical mentor from your own
organisation to help facilitate data collection and negotiation through external and internal Trust research governance
approval processes. There are also opportunities to gain placement experience of research roles and practice, service
improvement and innovation.

Modules

- Compulsory modules: Research methods (15 credits); Critical appraisal (15
credits); Applied Research* (15 credits); Research project on a topic related
to clinical practice (105 credits)
- Optional modules: Statistics (15 credits) OR Data Analysis (15 credits);
Implementation and Improvement Science (15 credits) OR Negotiated
Independent Learning* (15 credits)

Studying

By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specific area of applied clinical research
relevant to your own area of professional practice. You will also be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of research theory, processes and principles associate with good clinical
practice research
- Critically evaluate, select and apply appropriate research methods and data analysis techniques to investigate
clinical research problems
- Synthesise information from a variety of sources and interpret data accurately
- Critically appraise published research, using appropriate techniques, and appreciate the significance of published
research for professional practice, patient care, healthcare policy and future research
- Critically explore a range of implementation and improvement methodologies and strategies that support
effective integration of research findings in practice
- Independently plan and manage an innovative piece of research in compliance with research ethics, legislative
frameworks and governance procedures
- Effectively use a range of computer packages in order to successfully communicate acquired knowledge and the
results of research, both written and orally to a range of audiences
- Effectively be able to network, support less experienced colleagues, prepare for competitive grant applications
and doctoral fellowships
- Appreciate the broad role of the clinical academic researcher within the current context of health and social care
- Collaboratively engage with others in the process of investigative enquiry, and demonstrate awareness of
resources and networks that can be accessed in order to support research focused activity and promote a
research culture

ASSESSMENT: Research protocol, Oral and poster presentations, examination, critiques, reflective reports, and dissertation

DURATION: Full time over one year or Part-time over two years
Part time attendance of two days a week: Monday and Thursday in year 1. Much of year 2 is devoted to the completion of
the research project module.

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Programme description. This programme is available for September or January start. The Clinical Research programme provides a credit-bearing training opportunity for academic clinical fellows and clinical lecturers in medicine and dentistry. Read more
Programme description

This programme is available for September or January start.

The Clinical Research programme provides a credit-bearing training opportunity for academic clinical fellows and clinical lecturers in medicine and dentistry. The programme aims to:

* prepare you for a career in academic clinical research
* provide formal training in the regulatory and ethical framework for clinical research
* develop key skills in research design, statistical analysis, and critical review
* encourage you to engage with public and patients, communicate effectively with different audiences, and understand the importance of communication to the public perception of research
* equip you to undertake independent research, including critical thinking and consideration of research impact
* meet the requirement of the NIHR and other funders for academic clinical fellows to undertake relevant training in research methodology

Programme outline

The programme includes a 60-credit section (four 15-credit modules) leading to PG Certificate in Clinical Research, or forming Part 1 (compulsory) of a PG Diploma or MRes in Clinical Research. Part 1 covers the key generic skills and knowledge to prepare students wishing to undertake clinical research. This includes modules on ethics and regulation, data management and statistics, clinical study design, and options on practical aspects of clinical studies and communication and public engagement. Modules may be shared with other programmes.

Part 2 of the programme comprises three optional 60-credit modules on literature research, a practical project, and writing a grant proposal. Successful completion of one or two modules (in addition to Part 1) would lead to award of PG Diploma or MRes respectively. All three modules require you to critically review a research field and prepare dissertations requiring insight and novel interpretation of material.

You will be permitted to register on any of the courses at the outset, with the option of transferring to a higher course, subject to conditions.

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The MSc Clinical Research is designed to recruit students who wish to learn about research methods and evidence based practice in a clinical setting and to develop a career in clinical academia or research with a potential to embark on further training such as a doctoral programme. Read more
The MSc Clinical Research is designed to recruit students who wish to learn about research methods and evidence based practice in a clinical setting and to develop a career in clinical academia or research with a potential to embark on further training such as a doctoral programme. Students will receive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop research competency, research skills and critical judgment in an area of clinical practice.

The programme is well suited for qualified Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Care Professionals, Dentists, Pharmacists, Health Science Professionals or Clinical Psychologists who have experience in a clinical setting.

This exciting and stimulating MSc Clinical Research is delivered by the established Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) within the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire. CRIPACC is a dedicated, enthusiastic and friendly research centre with a national and international reputation, offering an excellent opportunity to learn.

Aims of the MSc Clinical Research

-Develop a student's academic research career by advancing their research and leadership skills in a clinical area and provide outstanding preparation for future research training, including progression to doctoral studies
-Equip the student with a core set of skills and knowledge of relevant theory and research methodologies in clinical research as well as a thorough understanding of the research process from planning, conducting, analysing and disseminating, to develop them into an independent researcher in their clinical setting
-Enhance skills and knowledge that are transferable across a diversity of healthcare settings at an individual and organisational level, such as critical thinking, project management, use of IT and problem solving skills
-Provide a supportive and stimulating blended learning environment, including small group teaching, Master classes, and a variety of e-learning teaching methods, and delivered by experienced and dedicated researchers in the internationally renowned research centre

Why choose this course?

-Highly rated by past students as a positive experience and well organised course. Evidence Based Practice and Patient and Public Involvement in Research modules were particularly popular
-Experienced multi-disciplinary lecturers with established track records in health-related research such as Adolescent, Child and Family Health; Older People’s Health and Complex Conditions; Food and Public Health; Patient Experience and Public Involvement; and Evidence Based Practice
-Furthering the student’s academic career through personalised mentorship in line with the HEE/NIHR integrated academic career pathway. CRIPACC has a strong track record of mentoring having led the NIHR/CNO Health Research Training Fellow mentorship scheme and the local scheme developed in response to the Athena Swan Charter
-Excellent opportunities to disseminate the student’s work through publication and presentation at conferences
-A unique Clinical Research Dissertation where the student produces a ready-to-use research grant application for application in their clinical setting or a doctoral fellowship
-In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Health and Social Work of which CRIPACC was a major contributor demonstrated an outcome of 82% of research quality being rated as 3* and 4*, with an impact and environment outcome of 100% at 3* and 4*
-Two state-of-the-art Learning Resources Centres open 24/7 to meet modern integrated learning resources and services

Careers

On completion of the course, students will be well placed to carry out primary research, promote evidence-based practice by delivering and integrating research findings into their clinical practice and thereby improving health outcomes in their clinical settings. Students will be confident in publishing papers and presenting for conferences. Students will be prepared to apply for research grant funding and/or furthering their clinical academic career by pursuing a Doctorate degree.

Teaching methods

The programme is taught through a combination of innovative lectures, seminars, small group teaching, face-to-face tutorials, workshops, online teaching and individual supervision. Training is flexible and teaching is provided in blocks of two full days, which allows students to organise their time effectively to manage the demands of clinical practice and academic study.

Different assessment methods are used, including coursework and practicals. Coursework includes essays, short pieces of writing work, blogs, critical review, whereas practicals include oral presentations.

In addition, the University has an excellent reputation in blended learning and is supported by the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre (LTIC). The MSc programme team collaborate with the LTIC and benefit from their expertise in incorporating effective learning, teaching and assessment methods into their modules.

The course is supported by a dedicated Information Manager and the two state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centres, which provide information, computing, study and coursework support. A versatile online inter-active learning environment, StudyNet, allows every student to access information relevant to their studies online through a web browser both on and off campus available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Structure

Core Modules
-Clinical Research Dissertation
-Clinical Trials, Design and Management
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Patient and Public Involvement in Research
-Qualitative Research Methods
-Quantitative Research Methods

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This is an exciting research based programme of study specifically designed for the NIHR to develop research skills and academic careers for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, launching in February 2013. Read more
This is an exciting research based programme of study specifically designed for the NIHR to develop research skills and academic careers for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, launching in February 2013.

Why study this course?
MSc Clinical Research Methods is the starting point for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a career as a clinical academic combining research with clinical practice.

How will I benefit from this course?
The programme provides clinical research training – which can then be used as the basis for a career in research, whether working towards a PhD or to provide an understanding of clinical research to underpin managerial positions in the NHS.

A bespoke masters degree
The course has been designed to be student - centred, providing the opportunity to shape learning to specific training needs and clinical settings. This is through tailoring assessments in modules, with the opportunity to set personal curriculum in one of the compulsory modules and a clinically focused research dissertation.

Flexible delivery
The programme will be delivered part-time over two years and full-time, over one year and most modules are delivered as full-day blocks. This allows students the opportunity to plan timetables in order to meet the competing demands of clinical practice and academic studies.

Specialist support
All students studying on the MSc in Clinical Research Methods will be allocated an academic supervisor who will assist students in identifying their academic training needs. They will assist on their personal development, incorporating promotion of reflection utilising a Personal Development Profile.

Students will also be supported by the programme manager will be their Personal Tutor.
Online support
We have developed an on-line research methods self assessment package which students can access flexibly on or off-campus. This allows students to take ownership of their learning, in particular to revisit prior learning where needed and build on new learning using self-regulated learning styles.

The study experience
Students will work and study in a research environment rated as ‘World Leading’ in the RAE, * alongside existing PhD scholars and Masters students in a challenging multi- professional environment in which to develop their learning and understanding of clinical research.
The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare (SoH) and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS) with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

Programme structure
This 120 credit programme comprises 60 credits of compulsory modules providing a foundation level of knowledge and skills (see tables). Next students are required to choose either Evidence Based Practice or Innovation and Evaluation (both 30 credit modules) and another 2 modules (15 credits each) from a list of options.

Students can choose modules relevant to their area of clinical practice and future career ambitions. This provides a total of 120 credits from taught options. To gain the MSc students will also need to complete a 12,000 word research dissertation worth a further 60 credits.


University facilities
Students will be able to access a broad range of specialist facilities including the University medical Library, the Virtual Learning Environment, as well as the new Leaning Zone in the School of Healthcare and access to the award winning Student Union facilities. University life is rich and diverse with exhibitions, concerts and clubs to explore as part of your experience, as well as our state of the art fitness centre, The Edge.

Who is eligible for this course?
The list of eligible health professions for this degree are shown below.

Art Therapists
Chiropodists / Podiatrists
Diagnostic Radiographers
Dietitians
Drama Therapists
Midwives
Music Therapists
Nurses
Occupational Therapists
Orthoptists
Orthotists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Prosthetists
Speech & Language Therapists
Therapeutic Radiographers.

International Students
Please note that although the MClinRes is open to international applicants, the bursaries are only open to national applicants, as they are provided by a National Institute for Health Research scheme.

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The MRes Clinical Research provides training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis for application in clinical settings. Read more
The MRes Clinical Research provides training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis for application in clinical settings.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for students who wish to develop their quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis, from basic to advanced levels to advance their careers and become leaders in their clinical field.

Objectives

Knowledge and critical understanding of clinical research methods are becoming increasingly important skills for all professionals in the health, social care and private sectors, where an evidence based approach, supported by academic rigour is crucial to decision making, clinical practice and delivery of integrated services.

The MRes Clinical Research will provide you with training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis from basic to advanced levels as well as provide opportunities to apply this research knowledge to clinical settings.

We will enable you to produce high quality, publishable research and give you the skills and knowledge to develop your clinical academic research career to become a leader in your clinical field.

You will learn from experts in clinical research who are renowned nationally and internationally.

Placements

Students undertake a work-based research placement with a research centre/ unit/ project team of their choosing. The purpose of the placement is to enable the student to develop and refine awareness, knowledge, understanding, experience, and skills in undertaking research in clinical practice. Students identify their own research site, and negotiate mutually beneficial learning objectives for the time period in placement.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is conducted via a mixture of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, poster presentations, analysis of case studies, worked examples, interactive computer-based exercises, an online VLE and self-directed reading.

Assessment

Formal assessments will be conducted via: essays, a systematic review, a research proposal, critical reviews, written examinations and a research project on an approved topic.

In addition, there are short practical assignments throughout the course during sessions.

Modules

Postgraduate students are expected to allocate an average of 150 hours of taught and self-directed learning per 15-credit module. Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary.

Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Advanced research methods (15 credits)
-Advanced research methods for applied data analysis (15 credits)
-Work-based clinical, research placement (15 credits)
-The application of research in clinical settings (15 credits)
-Clinical research dissertation (90 credits)

Other admission details

Applicants should also be registered with a relevant professional body, have at least one year of experience working as a clinician in the health sector and be currently working in a clinical healthcare environment. Applicants who do not have relevant employment experience but have plans for a future career path in clinical academic research may also be considered. Other Suitable Qualifications: We also consider applications from capable individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but have clear plans for a future career path in clinical academic research.

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This course provides you with the opportunity to develop the research skills you need to undertake clinical research within the field of health. Read more
This course provides you with the opportunity to develop the research skills you need to undertake clinical research within the field of health. The course focuses on preparing you to undertake clinically relevant research and develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills within a range of primary and secondary research methodologies. You also have the opportunity to develop skills in project management, research governance and writing for publication and to gain an in-depth understanding of the context of health-related research and policy.

Course details

The course enables you to:
-Develop the skills and expertise necessary to undertake clinically relevant research
-Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a wide range of research methodologies and data analysis techniques relevant to clinical practice
-Foster a commitment to life-long learning and the independent learning ability necessary for a clinical research career

A flexible approach to course delivery has been taken. You can choose to study either by attending taught sessions, through distance learning or through flexible learning (a combination of both attendance and distance).
-UK students to apply using the online application process
-International students who want to come to the UK to study full-time apply thorough the international office
-International students who want to study in their home county as a distance learner (full or part-time) apply using the online application process

What you study

You study a number of modules throughout the course which aim to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodologies and data analysis techniques. You also gain an in-depth understanding of the context of health-related research, managing a research project, research governance, applying for ethics and writing for publication. Towards the end of the course you have the opportunity to plan, manage and undertake a research study in an area of interest to you and to write this up for publication.

Core modules
-Clinical Research in Context
-Clinical Research Trials
-Dissertation
-Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
-Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
-Research Evidence Synthesis
-Research Project Management

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

A range of teaching and learning methods is used throughout the course. You can choose to study either by attending taught classes or through distance learning or through flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance). Learning and teaching methods for taught classes include key lectures, seminars, group discussions, computer lab work to develop skills in searching for literature and analysing data, and a range of practical activities to develop your practical research skills. Teaching and learning methods for distance learning are supported through the use of a virtual learning environment, where learning materials are available in a range of formats such as written materials, narrated power points, and practical activities to develop your searching, data analysis and practical research skills. Electronic discussion forums also support your learning. Personal development planning is also a key aspect of the course to support your learning.

Supervision and support are provided throughout the course by the personal tutor, course leader, module leaders and dissertation supervisor.

A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course. These include formative assessment, written essay, written report, proposal, oral and poster presentation, written project and an article for publication.

Employability

The course enhances your career progression by developing your ability to undertake clinically relevant research and will prepare you for either a clinical research career or a PhD.

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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. Read more
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.

Modules
• The Life Cycle of Clinical Research
• Methodological Foundations
• Translating Research into Healthcare Policy and Practice
• Practice-Based Dissertation

Plus optional modules including:
• Evidence-Based Improvement Science
• Quality Improvement and Measurement
• Drug Development (from concept to clinic)
• Philosophy of Research
• Infectious Disease Modelling
• Spatial Statistics
• Secondary Data Analysis

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Do you want to become a leader in clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Read more
Do you want to become a leader in clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Learn from a team of experts in clinical research, drawn from a wide range of disciplines including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics and medicine as well as representatives from patient and public support groups.

Key features

-Progress your career and become a leader in clinical research with a programme that provides both theoretical and first hand practical experience of the whole research process from developing a clinically relevant question through to implementation of research in clinical practice.
-Aligns with key Health Education England and NIHR objectives to develop clinical academics and increase research capacity in nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists.
-Learn from nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists actively involved in the management and delivery of relevant clinical research, with national and international reputations in their specialist areas.
-Experts drawn from across Plymouth University, other higher education institutes, the Research Design Service, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit.
-Strong input from patient and public support groups, NHS staff, managers and commissioners in developing and running the programme so that its content reflects the current needs of the NHS.
-You’ll be encouraged to join the Institute of Health and Community, and will be mentored and supervised by experienced clinical academics on your own research project. Specific research supervisors relevant to your profession and area of interest are allocated within two weeks of the start of the programme.
-The MClinRes is specifically designed to help you gain future funding to further your clinical academic career. The programme specifically aims to progress you along the new NIHR clinical academic training programme for registered non-medical/dental healthcare professionals.
-An additional module on research management and mentorship, provided at the end of the programme, supports you in publishing and disseminating your research findings, presenting at national and international locations and applying for NIHR internships and fellowships.
-Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.
-Benefit from an enriched student experience – you will share core and optional modules with health and social care students studying across faculty MSc pathways. Students and alumni have been involved in the programme management, design and recruitment.
-Choose from three award pathways – PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes. A range of assessments are used across modules designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice.

Course details

The MClinRes will be delivered by blended learning, in one year full time or on a part time basis.

Pathways in this programme will include four core modules: applying evidence to practice, project design for research, applied qualitative research methods and applied quantitative research methods, as well as the research dissertation. Choose a 20 credit optional module from the diverse array on offer in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. The core modules build on each other providing skills in literature searching and implementing findings to the workplace; designing research protocols; understanding applied qualitative and quantitative methods and undertaking a clinically-relevant research project.

To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits by studying three core modules worth 20 credits each. To gain a postgraduate diploma you will need to earn 120 credits by studying the four core modules, the optional module and an additional module from the MSc Advanced Professional Practice. To be awarded the full MClinRes masters, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits - you’ll study the same modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 80 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-MCR702 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-MCR704 Research Management and Mentorship
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-MCR701 Applied Qualitative Research Methods
-MCR703 Research Dissertation
-MCR706 Systematic Review

Optional modules
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
-ADV712 Supported Independent Study
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)
-ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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