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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.