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This course offers knowledge and expertise relevant to a senior role in clinical research in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device, contract research or site management company or the NHS. Read more

This course offers knowledge and expertise relevant to a senior role in clinical research in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device, contract research or site management company or the NHS.

Overview

If your line of work involves clinical research, this course is designed to help you advance and enhance your career.

Whether you work in the pharmaceutical industry, health service, for a contract research organisation, regulatory authority, data management organisation or in medical writing, we have tailored this programme to give you an outstanding grounding in clinical research skills and knowledge.

It’s the leading part-time, face-to-face MSc in Clinical Research and, by undertaking this course, you’ll be equipped to meet good clinical practice and regulatory quality standards for developing new healthcare interventions to improve treatments for patients.

The programme presents an overview of clinical trial processes and the regulations for bringing in a new chemical entity, and explores a broad range of therapeutic areas and their treatments in relation to clinical trials, drug registrations and drug safety.

We will support you to move confidently between these therapeutic areas and therefore increase your potential value to employers. In your dissertation year, you’ll be encouraged to carry out projects which have direct value to your employer, making this a highly attractive course for your employer to support.

This part-time MSc programme is recognised by the pharmaceutical industry and the Health Service as being of outstanding quality and practical value in the work place to clinical research professionals.

The programme is run over three calendar years of part-time study and is in a modular format. Teaching happens over four two-day sessions per year which takes place within Cardiff’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. These session are always scheduled at weekends to accommodate students’ existing employment commitments.

Distinctive features

  • You will gain advanced understanding of best practice in clinical research to apply to running clinical trials.
  • You’ll experience in-depth training in drug development, clinical trials, and regulatory GCP requirement for clinical trials
  • Lecturers from Pharmaceutical Industry will provide you with an up-to-date overview on key developments in Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research trainers deliver a variety of teaching methods that enhance the course and will stimulate your learning.
  • The therapeutic modules will widen your skills in an array of medical settings.
  • The diversity of employment backgrounds of participants affords an ideal environment for networking with other clinical research personnel.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a research project at an internationally recognised research school at Cardiff University.
  • You’ll receive close academic support from an experienced personal tutor with an international background in compliance with clinical trial GCP and regulatory requirements.
  • You’ll develop critical analysis, personal reflection and enhanced clinical trial project communication and problem solving skills for career development in clinical research.

Career prospects

Clinical research is an expanding and highly competitive area. Undertaking this MSc will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to advance and enhance a career in clinical research. 

This programme is suitable for graduates from healthcare, life sciences or other related disciplines, and healthcare professionals who are interested in a career in clinical trials in the health service, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device industries, Contract Research Organisations/ suppliers to the pharmaceutical industry. It is also ideal for professionals working in clinical trials who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills of clinical trials.

Potential career opportunities include clinical trials, clinical research, clinical data management, regulation of clinical trials, medical writing, academic clinical trials, Phase I clinical trials units, the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, archiving in clinical trials, quality assurance in clinical trials, clinical research project management, clinical trial administration, clinical trial co-ordinator, clinical trial administration/support to clinical trials and more.

After successfully completing this course, you will have an advanced standing both clinically and academically, with the potential to be at the forefront of your chosen profession.



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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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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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Our MClin Res Clinical Research course is aimed at nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and other non- medical/dental healthcare professionals who want to work in clinical research, or are already working in this area and want to develop the skills needed for other positions where research plays a key role. Read more

Our MClin Res Clinical Research course is aimed at nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and other non- medical/dental healthcare professionals who want to work in clinical research, or are already working in this area and want to develop the skills needed for other positions where research plays a key role.

You will develop in-depth knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of clinical research and skills in research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary clinical practice settings.

The course is mainly delivered online, but is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and one mid-semester study day in Semesters 1 and 2.

Most of the units that make up this course are shared with other students on master's and postgraduate research programmes at Manchester.

Aims

Our course has been designed to provide health professionals with the skills needed to manage and deliver research in clinical and health and social care settings, and to develop careers in clinical research, clinical and academic practice, or academic research with a strong clinical practice component.

The aims of the course are to:

  • enable you to further develop systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to clinical practice at an individual and/or organisational level;
  • contribute to building capacity and capability for research and evidence-based practice by equipping you with in-depth knowledge and essential skills to critically appraise, apply, design and undertake high quality research in a range of clinical settings;
  • enhance the quality and evidence base for clinical research, practice and service development through the provision of robust research training in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources and research and practice expertise;
  • promote lifelong learning in students and enhance opportunities to pursue a variety of research careers and/or further research training which support and advance clinical knowledge, research and practice;
  • equip you with key transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, effective communication, team and multi-disciplinary working, use of IT/health informatics, logical and systematic approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.

Special features

Interdisciplinary learning

You will learn from renowned lecturers and practitioners from various fields including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work, speech and language therapy, audiology, psychology, and medicine.

Strong collaborations

We have strong links with other courses at Manchester and with experts from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE).

Teaching and learning

The course content is primarily delivered online, giving you more flexibility over how you learn. You will also attend two four-day introductory and winter study schools and two mid-semester study days, allowing you to learn face-to-face and meet other students and staff at Manchester.

We use digital technology to ensure our supervision of and communications with students meet the high standards required for the learning process to work. This includes:

  • individual and group web-based audio-visual tutorials;
  • web-based collaboration areas and discussion boards
  • shared digital documents;
  • online, phone and face-to-face support from supervisors and academic advisors;
  • peer support through course-specific discussion boards and face-to-face meetings.

Find out more about postgraduate teaching and learning at Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a variety of summative assessment methods that enable the integration of theory and practice. They also build on the continuous formative assessment exercises that come with each individual unit, which include interactive, stimulating online exercises with regular self-assessment and feedback.

Course unit details

Our MClin Res  comprises six taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a 90-credit dissertation unit comprising a thesis derived from the undertaking of a supervised, clinical research project.

The PGDip Clin Res  comprises six taught units from (90 academic credits in total) and a mini-dissertation (30 academic credits).

The PGCert Clin Res  comprises four taught units (60 academic credits in total).

Year 1

Full-time study

Six taught units in the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Research design
  • Managing research in the clinical setting OR Foundations of research
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Part-time study

Four taught units from the following areas:

  • Research design
  • Managing research in the clinical setting OR Foundations of research
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Year 2

Part-time study

Two taught units from the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Course collaborators

We collaborate with other courses at Manchester and with experts from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education(MAHSE).

Facilities

We are based in Jean McFarlane Building, which houses seminar rooms, IT facilities, clinical and interpersonal skills laboratories, and lecture theatres.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

This course is predominantly aimed at health professionals from a range of disciplines who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in clinically focused research.

It is aimed at those who wish to pursue clinical/academic research careers eg research nurses, clinical trials coordinators and principal investigators.

The course provides comprehensive training in research, providing an excellent foundation for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD.



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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 School of Health Sciences 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.

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
  • Epidemiology

Plus

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

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education

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 interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.

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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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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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. 

Pathway

Our PGDip and MClinRes courses have three pathways leading to different awards in:

Facilities

As a student on a clinical course you will have access to high quality facilities on the Newcastle campus. You can also use the Postgraduate Training Suite which provides:

  • computers
  • work spaces.

You will also have access to the Atrium which provides:

  • vending machines
  • informal seating areas.


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Our MRes degrees in Clinical Research equip you with the knowledge and skills to undertake valuable research within one of four distinct areas. Read more

Our MRes degrees in Clinical Research equip you with the knowledge and skills to undertake valuable research within one of four distinct areas.

  • MRes Clinical Research (Diabetes and Obesity)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition)
  • MRes Clinical Research (Human Vaccinology) – suspended for 2018 entry
  • MRes Clinical Research (Translational Medicine)

For detailed information on each of these streams, please see our website.

The principal goal is to provide a thorough grounding in cutting-edge clinical research, with a strong focus on your chosen pathway.

The programme provides a structured approach to developing knowledge and skills which will enable you to develop your own research portfolio or, more commonly, assist in the management of an existing portfolio.

You will gain an understanding of research methodologies by studying in a world-leading research environment.

These degrees provide knowledge and understanding of key topics including clinical trial design, the critical pathway for drug development, statistics, good clinical practice and critical appraisal.

You will be equipped with management and communication skills, including problem-solving, project design, decision process, teamwork, written and oral reports and become familiar with scientific publications.

The primary aim of the programme is to equip you with the theoretical aspects of supporting and managing clinical research.

Careers

The careers open to graduates will vary depending on which pathway is chosen. Graduates have progressed to employment within research, for example clinical trials and the food industry.

Others have continued careers and sought promotion within the health sector. A large number progress to PhD scholarships. These degrees are ideal for those wishing to progress to a PhD studentship or a research based role within the NHS. Some graduates have gone on to successfully secure a place at medical schools.

Further information

For full information on this course, including how to apply, see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/medicine/clinical-research/

If you have any enquiries you can contact our team at:



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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. Read more

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

You will 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

You will be expected to allocate an average of 150 hours of taught and self-directed learning per 15-credit module.

Alternatively, you can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please visit our CPPD pages.

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)

Career prospects

As a student on this course you will receive the research and academic training to become a clinical academic researcher across all health service settings including the NHS, charities, industry, government, private practice and academic and research settings.

You will gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence based practice, and report writing is a career advantage.

MRes Clinical Research graduates may also choose to advance to doctoral studies on completion of the programme.



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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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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 Research Master in Clinical Research is a unique opportunity for medical students to become clinical investigators and pursue an academic career simultaneously. Read more

The Research Master in Clinical Research is a unique opportunity for medical students to become clinical investigators and pursue an academic career simultaneously.

Why study Clinical Research

Explore the potential of medical research. In upcoming years, important discoveries will be made in the health sciences. Take part in unearthing these discoveries. 

Get the methodological, theoretical, and statistical foundation you need to design and carry out your own practical research—and publish your results. Work in the stimulating environment of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). Attend lectures by prominent scientists. Choose your own speciality, and do cutting-edge research with the support of a personal tutor. Learn state-of-the-art research methods, and how to study the literature on an issue, analyse data, and publish in high-impact journals.

NIHES, at the Erasmus MC, is a top-ranked institution with a strong international dimension. Let them be your springboard to a career in international research, public health, health policy, health economics, clinical medicine, or pharmaceutical research.

Target audience

The Research Master programme in Clinical Research targets ambitious students with a bachelor degree in medicine or biomedical sciences, who want to help to improve diagnosis and treatment through research, sign up for the master programme Clinical Research at Erasmus MC. Your path to success as a clinician, intern involved in research or as a medical scientist. Every patient is different; every diagnosis is, too.

Career prospectives

The degree prepares you for an international career in clinical research, or for an executive or advisory position in public health, clinical medicine, drug research or health-policy development.



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PgCert/PgDip. This programme introduces the key principles, methods and techniques used in clinical research in modern health service settings. Read more

PgCert/PgDip

This programme introduces the key principles, methods and techniques used in clinical research in modern health service settings. It will equip you with the essential skills required to effectively support healthcare research innovation.

These programmes are designed to cover the practicalities of conducting research as well as its theoretical basis. You will:

  • Enhance your knowledge of methodological concepts and analysis
  • Design research studies
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethical and legislative frameworks for the management and governance of clinical research

The programmes are delivered by face-to face teaching and via online learning, which is supported by online resources. They are designed with a tiered exit structure and provide progression routes to the Masters Degree.

MSc

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.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



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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.

Course structure

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

How you learn

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.

How you are assessed

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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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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