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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. Read more
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.

Our staff

Academics, researchers and NHS clinicians deliver the course. They all have active research programmes in cellular medicine and neuroscience. We also have tutors from NHS research and development teams and local clinical research networks:
-Dr Fraser Birrell (Degree Programme Director, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
-Professor Elaine McColl (Director Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit)
-Dr Rachel Duncan (Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant)
-Professor Julia Newton (Dean of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine)

Delivery

Our courses offer flexibility, ensuring that your studies fit around your busy professional life. Attendance is approximately nine teaching days per academic year. You'll have a wide range of modules and pathways to choose from.

Teaching takes place on our Newcastle campus. Teaching methods vary between modules but include a combination of:
-Workshops
-Lectures
-Seminars

You will be allocated a tutor who will guide you throughout your course. You will also gain access to Blackboard, our online learning environment. This will enhance your self-directed study and provide support for work based assignments.

As part of the course you'll take part in ‘Good Clinical Practice’ training. This is mandatory for professionals who conduct clinical research. If you can prove that you've already completed this training you won't need to repeat it.

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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. Read more
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.

Our courses will equip you with the skills to perform to a high level in the clinical research world. Many of our students go on to publish in peer reviewed journals. An excellent example is physiotherapist Annie Ross, who studied for a MClinRes though distance learning, and recently published in the online Physiotherapy Journal.

Delivery

Our modules are online, so you can choose to study any time, anywhere. This flexibility ensures that you can fit your studies around other commitments. You'll also develop your online literacy as a transferable skill. We offer a range of modules and pathways to choose from so that you can gain the research skills you require.

We'll give you an email address and account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our course materials are also accessible across a variety of devices including:
-Desktop computers
-Laptops
-Tablets
-Mobile phones

You don't need to attend any classes on campus. Instead you'll need access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:
-Operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
-Processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
-RAM: At least 2GB
-Connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
-Screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px

As part of the course you'll take part in ‘Good Clinical Practice’ training. This is mandatory for professionals who conduct clinical research. If you can prove that you've already completed this training you won't need to repeat it.

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This course is designed to advance and enhance a career in Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry, health service, contract research organisations, regulatory authorities, data management organisations and in medical writing. Read more
This course is designed to advance and enhance a career in Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry, health service, contract research organisations, regulatory authorities, data management organisations and in medical writing.

It aims to provide the postgraduate students with an enhanced level of knowledge, understanding and skills in clinical research. It presents an overview of clinical trial processes and the regulations for bringing in a new chemical entity, and it provides an enhanced level of knowledge and understanding of therapeutic areas and their treatments in relation to clinical trials, drug registrations and drug safety.

The course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of the student not only in Clinical Research but also in a diverse range of therapeutic areas. This allows the individual to move confidently between these therapeutic areas and therefore increase their potential value to employers. In the dissertation year, students are encouraged to carry out projects which have direct value to their employer and this potentiates the worth of their studies.

Distinctive features

• Lecturers from Pharmaceutical Industry provide an up-to-date development in Clinical Research
• Clinical Research trainers deliver a variety of teaching methods
• The therapeutic modules widen the skills of the student in an array of medical settings
• The diversity of employment backgrounds of participants affords an ideal environment for networking with other clinical research personnel.

Structure

The programme is studied over 3 calendar years of part-time study and is in a modular format. 

Taught modules are undertaken in the first two years, two in each year. Participants who successfully complete these modules may either receive a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Clinical Research as an exit award, or progress on to carry out an individual project in the third year for the MSc qualification.

Initial PgDip topics covered in the first two years include:

Clinical Research
Drug Development
Therapeutics of the Respiratory and Central Nervous Systems
Advanced Clinical Research
Regulatory Affairs
Complementary Therapeutics
Pharmacovigilance
Cardiovascular and Immunological Diseases and Oncology

The MSc is attained through completion of a dissertation in Year 3.

Teaching

The course will be taught through a series of lectures and workshops, coursework assignments and course journal preparations aimed at developing transferable skills in critical analysis.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study. You will be expected to manage your own time to undertake significant independent study during the dissertation phase in particular.

 Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions and are also expected to engage in independent study. Course materials are delivered in our Virtual Learning environment (Learning Central). 

Assessment

Knowledge and understanding are assessed both formatively and summatively by written examinations and by performance in course work, practice based course-work assignments, project work and dissertation.

Project work including the design of clinical report forms and other practice based assignments and case studies are assessed from written reports with feedback.  Statistical skills are acquired via didactive methods and tested using practice-based scenarios, likewise in relation to medicines safety and the detection of fraud in clinical research.  Critical appraisal skills are acquired throughout the programme through the interpretation and analysis of published clinical research data.  Production of the dissertation requires a substantive literature review and leads to enhanced written and presentational skills, the dissertation being examined by thesis.

Career Prospects

The course is designed to give students the skills and knowledge needed to advance and enhance a career in Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry, Health service, contract research organisations, regulatory authorities, data management organisations and in medical writing.

Successful students on this programme will have an advanced standing both clinically and academically, taking them to the forefront of the profession, and enhancing their personal and professional development.

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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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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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Clinical Research Methods MSc is a funded programme for health professionals (not medical or dental), specifically designed to meet the requirements of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. Read more

Clinical Research Methods MSc is a funded programme for health professionals (not medical or dental), specifically designed to meet the requirements of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. The programme provides clinical research training, which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning understanding for research management positions in the NHS.

The programme is designed to be student-centred. You’ll be able to shape your learning to specific training needs and clinical settings through your choice of optional modules, focus of assessment and clinically-focused research dissertation.

You'll develop your learning and understanding of clinical research in a stimulating, multi-professional environment, alongside PhD scholars and Masters students. The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

More information

The bursary is only available to national applicants. There are limited places available i.e. fivefull-time and five part-time funded places. Each place is supported by abursary to meet the programme fees and full salary backfill to employing NHS organisations,as per a contract with Health Education England (HEE)/National Institute forHealth Research (NIHR).

The programme is also open to fee-paying applicants.

Course content

Compulsory modules give you a firm foundation in theoretical and applied research methods form a range of perspectives. The range of optional modules allows you to develop specific knowledge and skills to enhance your dissertation and your research skills after completion of the programme. The 12,000-word dissertation you produce towards the end of your studies, allows you to develop in-depth and applied clinical research knowledge and skills in an area of importance related to your clinical area. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Most modules are delivered as full-day blocks, allowing you to plan your time. We expect full-time students to study at least 37.5 hours per week and part-time students 18.5 hours, whether on or off campus.

Your academic supervisor will help you identify your academic training needs. You'll also be supported by your personal tutor. The programme leader is Dr Rebecca Randell

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Accrediting Learning from Study Days 15 credits
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Research Management 15 credits
  • Getting started in health research 15 credits
  • Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Research Methods MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Research Methods MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll typically learn through lectures, seminars, workbooks, tutorials, group work and self-directed study.

You’ll have access to contemporary University and School of Healthcare facilities.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a range of methods, depending on the module, including essays and other written assignments, presentations and problem-based workbooks. Your dissertation also contributes significantly to your overall assessment.

Career opportunities

The programme provides clinical research training which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning knowledge and skills for research management positions in the NHS.

Careers support

Towards the end of the programme guidance will be provided on how to apply for Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programmes provided by HEE/NIHR.

Support can be provided for excelling students who want to apply for a pre-doctoral fellowship. 



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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. Read more
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 Centre for Health Research and provides extensive 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 National Institute for Health Research (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.

The School of Health Sciences has been newly granted two health research training awards, securing funding from the NIHR.

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, you will choose to study specific research methodologies in depth, allowing you to focus on those of most relevance to your clinical practice and research interests.

In order to undertake and lead research in the NHS and social care, 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.

You will have the opportunity, via a supervised research project, to undertake a piece of clinical research within your own clinical area. This allows the research undertaken to directly contribute to your current clinical practice and feeds directly into service provision.

Syllabus

Core modules:

Research Methods for Healthcare
Taking Research Forward in Health and Social Care
Clinical Research project

Plus one from:

Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research Methods
Statistics in Health and Medical Research
Epidemiology
Analysis of Function

Plus one module from the large portfolio of health-related modules offered in the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme

This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Please click the link below to find out more

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx

Employability

The course gives you the opportunity to develop your clinical research career, 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 graduates.

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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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Help improve human health. Study Clinical Research and get the skills you need to carry out evidence-based research that will advance medical knowledge. Read more

Help improve human health. Study Clinical Research and get the skills you need to carry out evidence-based research that will advance medical knowledge.

You’ll learn to use both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and find out how to critically evaluate current literature. Gain knowledge in good study design and research practice, data analysis and research presentation. You'll find out how to carry out clinical trials and cover ethical and cultural issues in clinical research.

Real-world skills

Toward the end of your studies you'll be guided to write a full research grant application that describes a proposed clinical research project. Past students' projects have included a trial of medical grade honey in childhood impetigo, an investigation of a new type of prosthetic hip, a trial of a new medication in Huntingdon's disease and research into the benefits of steroids in pneumonia treatment.

Taught by the School of Biological Sciences in partnership with Capital and Coast Health, the PGDipClinRes will give you the skills essential to conducting your own clinical research or to work for a research institution.

Learn from the experts

You’ll learn from highly regarded clinicians from Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) and Victoria University. Some sessions are delivered by outside tutors from around New Zealand who have specific areas of expertise.

For health professionals

If you’re a medical trainee or graduate, a nurse or other health professional who wants to carry out clinical research, or you just need to up-skill in research methods, then this qualification is well-suited to you. To enrol in the Diploma, you’ll need a relevant degree in health, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science or biostatistics with a B+ average in relevant subjects, or have extensive relevant experience in the field.

Part-time online learning

The PGDipClinRes is mostly taught online and through teleconferencing, but includes a practical weekend seminar each semester that you need to attend in person. Teleconferencing forums are normally held on a weeknight.

The programme is best suited to part time study over two years, and is equivalent to about 1,200 student work hours. You’ll complete six compulsory courses totalling 120 points and will be assessed through your presentations, essays and formal reports. There is no formal examination.

You can enrol if you’re an international student, but you should note:

  • this programme is only available part-time
  • you need to attend a weekend seminar in Wellington at least twice a year
  • you need to participate in up to eight telephone conferences each semester
  • all of the above will be at your own expense, and is on top of your international student fees.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, academics, clinical experts and professional colleagues.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

You‘ll be able to expand your current work to include clinical research, or move into a new career as a clinical researcher in a range of areas in the health sector. You might work for a drug company, a hospital clinical trials unit or a research institute.



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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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This Master of Clinical Research (MClin Res) focuses on the production of a substantial piece of work in a chosen specialist area of interest which is negotiated upon entry to the course. Read more
This Master of Clinical Research (MClin Res) focuses on the production of a substantial piece of work in a chosen specialist area of interest which is negotiated upon entry to the course.

The programme will equip you with extensive knowledge and understanding of the research process, research methods and methodologies. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a deep and advanced knowledge of your specialist topic of study and evidence-based practice while engaging in independent research practice to a high standard.

This will ultimately translate into you designing, delivering and evaluating a research project from inception to successful completion, with the support and guidance of experts in clinical practice.

What will I study?

The programme begins with two distinct 30-credit research modules which cover advanced critical appraisal skills and clinical research methods.

These modules are undertaken at the start of the programme in order to develop your research skill-set and advance your knowledge of best practice, as well as enhance the techniques most relevant and useful to your research proposal.

On completion of the two opening modules you will have acquired an advanced understanding of how to develop, manage and conduct your dissertation. The remaining two-thirds of the programme are then devoted to undertaking specialist study in your chosen subject area, culminating in a written thesis.

How will I study?

Initially, you will attend classes in research methods and project design, development, planning and management.

Thereafter, the programme is primarily delivered by individually tailored supervision from one or two specialist tutors, with regular meetings taking place either face-to-face or online.

How will I be assessed?

The taught research modules are assessed by critiquing a clinical research paper (written and oral presentation) and by the development of a research proposal. This proposal can then feed into the dissertation which is assessed through completion of a 25,000-word thesis and a viva voce examination.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by a core team with specialist expertise in clinical research methods, research project development and the philosophy and ethics of clinical research.

The programme has been developed in response to drivers that require professionals in health and social care to develop an evidence-based approach to practice.

An MClin Res qualification will significantly enhance your CV and improve your future employment prospects while also equipping you with an array of research skills to help develop your professional practice.

The skills and experience acquired through the programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.

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