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

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

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

Course detail

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

Modules

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

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

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

Work Placement

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

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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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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Clinical trials are essential in discovering whether new healthcare interventions improve outcomes for patients. This is an expanding field which offers many exciting career opportunities. Read more
Clinical trials are essential in discovering whether new healthcare interventions improve outcomes for patients. This is an expanding field which offers many exciting career opportunities. This new programme will provide an excellent grounding in clinical trials and enhance the knowledge and understanding of those already working in the field.

Degree information

Students learn about the scientific, methodological and practical issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials. Teaching is delivered by researchers with expertise in many different healthcare fields. All types of trials, from early to late phase trials, and from simple to complex interventions are covered.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of eight core modules (120 credits) and available for full-time, part-time or flexible study is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate consisting of four modules (60 credits) and available for full-time, part-time and flexible study is offered.

Core modules
-Trial Design and Determining the Intervention
-Statistical Principles and Critical Appraisal
-Protecting Patients and Introduction to Patient Engagement
-Trial Set-up and Conduct - from an Idea to Reality
-Alternative Trial Designs and Outcomes
-Applying Clinical Trial Design Principles in Practice
-Managing Open Trials, Preparing for Analysis and Disseminating Trial Results
-Patient and Data Pathways through Clinical Trials

Dissertation/research project
All students undertake a project which consists of a project proposal of 2,000 words, a 20-minute oral presentation, and a journal paper of 6,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online resources and practical work. Assessment is through written examinations, oral and poster presentations, written assignments (for example, essays, abstracts, background section of a protocol, critical analysis of published work, patient information and communication plans) and the dissertation/report.

Careers

Potential career opportunities include trial and data management, statistics, regulation of clinical trials, and medical writing. Career destinations include academic trials units, the pharmaceutical industry or hospitals. Students may also use this qualification as a springboard for further study at doctoral level.

Future career prospects will be enhanced on completion of this programme. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become key team members in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of high-quality clinical trials.

Employability
Clinical trials is an expanding and highly competitive field of research yet employers find it challenging to recruit people with the appropriate skills and knowledge. This programme has been designed in consultation with employers from academia, the pharmaceutical industry and the NHS. It will give graduates the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that employers seek in this multidisciplinary, collaborative field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) at UCL is a global leader in the field with over 450 researchers (including clinicians, statisticians, trials managers) working within it. Students will meet and be taught by many of these researchers.

Using a diverse range of clinical trials designs and methodology the ICTM provides evidence that impacts on a wide variety of diseases and has a particularly strong track record in cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, primary care, and mental and women's health.

There is expertise from early to late phase clinical trials, stratified medicine and novel interventions such as targeted therapies.

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Under the patronage of SIT – the. Italian Society of Telemedicine. Read more

Under the patronage of SIT – the Italian Society of Telemedicine - the Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree Course in e-Health Management has been designed to supply training on organizational processes and technologies aimed at the proper introduction and management of ICT solutions and Telemedicine in Health Systems.

E-Health is the combined use of information technology and electronic communication, especially the internet, in the health sector, for clinical, educational and administrative purposes; both on-site and at distance (in which case it is called Telemedicine). E-Health is not only a technical development, but also represents a way of thinking, a commitment, an organizational approach to improve health care locally or regionally by using the new opportunities presented by Information and Communication Technology.

By means of e-Health and Telemedicine, a Healthcare Institution or Ministry can achieve:

• More efficiency in health care: reducing costs by networking data and knowledge, avoiding duplication in diagnostic or therapeutic interventions, treating patients directly at home.

• A higher quality of care: by networking the Health professionals’ knowledge, enabling comparisons, and involving the patients and care givers.

• The empowerment of patients.

• The education of both physicians and patients about the management of pathologies

• More equity, for example by networking smaller hospitals with larger institutions and making virtual visits to remote areas.

In this scenario, it is crucial for a Manager to understand the potentiality, seize the opportunities, push and, above all, lead the e-Health and Telemedicine revolution in health care.

The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree Course in e-Health Management has been designed to supply training on organizational processes and technologies aimed at the proper introduction and management of ICT solutions and Telemedicine in Health Systems.


TARGET RECIPIENTS

The Master’s Degree Course is designed for

• Directors and Managers of Healthcare Institutions,

• Directors and Managers of Social and Healthcare Ministries,

• Healthcare Decision-Makers,

• Clinicians,

• Clinical Engineers.


TRAINING OBJECTIVES

On completion of the training course, attendees will:

• Understand e-Health and Telemedicine terminologies and their areas of application.

• Be aware of the most widespread and innovative technology platforms and solutions available.

• Possess the skills to evaluate and choose the best e-Health projects and solutions.

• Be able to manage the organizational aspects stemming from the introduction of e-Health in an Institution, a Region, or a Country.

• Be able to apply the knowledge of the best-in-class European e-Health projects to the domestic contexts.

• Be e-Health evangelists.


PROFESSIONAL OUTLETS

On completion of this Master’s Degree Course, attendees will be able to work or improve their careers as:

• E-Health Managers

• Chief Information Officers for healthcare institutions

• E-Health executive consultants

• Managers of ICT Departments of Health Ministries

• E-Health and Telemedicine evangelists


Course Contents

• Introduction, Terms and General Concepts

• Health Technology Assessment

• Electronic Medical Records

• National Electronic Health Records

• Chronic Disease Management

• EMR for Primary Care

• Clinical Decision Support Systems

• UK WSD “The Largest Randomised Control Trial of Telehealth and Telecare in the World”

• Better Health Through IT

• Standards and Interoperability

• Telemedicine: areas of use and technologies

• Introducing e-Health in Hospital environments

• Economics of e-Health

• Healthcare reform: changing the healthcare models in Europe

• ESA activities in Telemedicine: space technology for downstream eHealth applications

• E-Health experiences in the Italian regions

• E-Health in Hospitals

• Telemedicine for local organizations

• Telemedicine for developing Countries

• Public-Private Partnerships

• Designing of e-health projects

• European Structural Funding for e-Health management


STRUCTURE

The course is structured in:

• 20 two hour seminars (6 months) +

• A final project work (6 months).




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Programme description. Over the last 30 years healthcare research and drug development have been transformed from peripheral activities carried out on an ad hoc basis to become core activities that require trained, professional, staff. Read more
Programme description
Over the last 30 years healthcare research and drug development have been transformed from peripheral activities carried out on an ad hoc basis to become core activities that require trained, professional, staff.

We have developed a modular postgraduate programme in clinical drug development designed to give you the necessary academic background and specialist skills needed to carry out clinical drug development in a contract research organisation , pharmaceutical industry or health service environment.

If you are a nurse, medical doctors or other health professionals working in contract research organisations, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare, this programme has been designed for you.

Programme outline
This postgraduate programmes shares a common spine with our Healthcare Research Methods programme, which covers the key areas of expertise needed for a successful clinical research programme.If you choose the Clinical Drug Development programme, your initial modules will concentrate on early drug development.

The modular nature of the programmes is designed to fit in with full-time employment. The taught elements of the modules are delivered in three-day blocks every six weeks.

Core modules:

Clinical Study Design
Practical Aspects of Clinical Research and Early Drug Development
Ethics and Regulation
Data Management and Statistics
Specific Topics in Clinical Trial Design
Elective Dissertation
Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics
Marketing Healthcare
Research Project / Dissertation
Drug Discovery and Pre-clinical Research and Development
Toxicology
Module options include:

Health and the Human Body
Healthcare Organisation and Decision Making

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This course provides you with the opportunity to work within a world class Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, to master the discipline of experimental cancer medicine. Read more
This course provides you with the opportunity to work within a world class Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, to master the discipline of experimental cancer medicine.

You will spend a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie. During this year, you will participate in four structured taught modules.

Alongside the taught elements, you will be allocated to one or more clinical trials that are being conducted by The Christie experimental cancer medicine team. You will have a named trainer and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

As a nursing and physician student enrolled on this course, you will be expected to participate in patient care, with physicians and nursing staff participating in new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care giving episodes with patients.

For clinical trials coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged and duties will involve clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

Aims

The primary purpose of the MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is to provide you with the opportunity to work within a premier UK Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, master the discipline of Experimental Cancer Medicine.

Teaching and learning

Our course is structured around a 2:1 split between clinical-based research projects and taught elements respectively.

Taught course units will predominantly use lectures and workshops, with e-learning limited to parts of course unit 1.

For the research projects, teaching and learning will take place through one-to-one mentoring from a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine team.

The clinical and academic experience of contributors to this course will provide you with an exceptional teaching and learning experience.

Coursework and assessment

You will be are assessed through oral presentations, single best answer exams, written reports and dissertation.

Career opportunities

The MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is relevant to physician, nursing and clinical research students who are considering a career in Phase 1 clinical studies.

The course provides a theoretical and experiential learning experience and offers a foundation for roles within other experimental cancer medicine centres within the UK and EU, as well as careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials management and medicine.

The MRes is ideal for high calibre graduates and professionals wishing to undertake directly channelled research training in the clinical and medical oncology field.

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These courses provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions. Read more
These courses provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions. They are suitable for students working in high-, middle- and low-income countries.

The need for rigorous evaluation of components of health care is increasingly recognised worldwide. An important type of evaluation is the randomised controlled clinical trial. These courses will give students an understanding of trials which will equip them to work in this increasingly important field.

They are suitable both for those wishing to gain an overall understanding of trials before moving into the field, and those who have general or specialist experience in clinical trials and aim to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials in high, middle and low income countries.

The aims and learning outcomes of the courses are detailed in the programme specification.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/progspec-clinicaltrials.pdf)
- Distance Learning prospectus (pdf) (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/prospectus/lshtm-prospectus.pdf)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/dmsct.html

English Language Requirements

You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years:

- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved;

- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; or

- Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking

- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening

Method of assessment

Assessment varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. Details are given in the module specifications.

Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence. We have examination centres in over 180 countries worldwide (for details please visit the assessment and examinations section).

Examinations are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt.

Credit awarded

Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the integrating module (30 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award, the following credits must be gained:

- Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
- MSc – 180 credits

Study materials

The majority of the Clinical Trials module study materials are delivered online after course/module registration. You will receive details of how to use the online learning environment effectively. Study materials provided for non-Clinical Trials modules may include study guides, textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software (e.g. Stata). You will have access to past examination papers and Examiners' reports, Student Handbooks, and to the School's online library resources. We also provide all students with a student registration card.

Flexible study

We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff. You have between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.

Once registered, you will be sent the learning materials for the module(s) you have chosen to study. Clinical Trials module materials are mostly delivered online. These materials will take you through a programme of directed self-study, and indicate how and where you can obtain supplementary study materials and access tutorial support to enhance your studies.

The study year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Those writing the Clinical Trials integrating report will also continue to have tutorial support over the summer. Deadlines for submission of coursework vary per course but are usually in March, May, August and September.

Support

- a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)

- personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments

- tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment

- communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups

Blended learning: taking modules in London

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at the School in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all distance learning students in July each year.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/dmsct.html#seventh

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The aim of the Distance Learning (DL) PGDip/MSc in Clinical Drug Development course is to provide students with a multi-disciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills. Read more
The aim of the Distance Learning (DL) PGDip/MSc in Clinical Drug Development course is to provide students with a multi-disciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills. This course is designed for individuals who need an understanding of the drug development process, and provides a detailed picture of the complex and highly interrelated activities required for the development cycle for drugs and biologics, from the process of discovery to successful commercialisation. The DL PGDip/MSc in Clinical Drug Development provides students the edge that pharmaceutical industry requires. It also empowers the professionals working within the field with the skills and understanding required for fast progression within the industry and contract research organisations (CRO-s).
The modular nature of the courses is designed to fit in with the needs of those students who are in full time employment. The taught element of the modules is delivered in three-day blocks every four to six weeks (approximately). For a PGDip award students have to complete in total of 7 modules, while for an MSc award students need to complete 10 modules in total.
Module Titles:
Drug Discovery & Pre-Clinical Research & Development
Toxicology: From Molecules to Man
Clinical Study Design
Practical Aspects of Clinical Research & Early Drug Development
Ethics & Regulation in Clinical Research
Data Management: The Interpretation of Statistics & Pharmacokinetics
Specific Topics in Clinical Trial Design and Elective Project
Health and Pharmaco-Economics
Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing
Dissertation
The final mark will have the following components
• Continuous assessment (module assignment)
• Dissertation

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This course will develop your knowledge of the design, development, analysis and production of medicines, the drug industry and regulatory affairs. Read more
This course will develop your knowledge of the design, development, analysis and production of medicines, the drug industry and regulatory affairs. It is particularly suitable if you are keen to enter employment in areas such as pharmaceutical marketing, formulation, regulatory affairs, process development, medical statistics and clinical trial organisations. You can choose to combine your studies with training in the fundamentals of management theory (option available only for September intake), which is especially suitable to those interested in taking up management positions in relevant organisations.

What will you study?

You will have the chance to explore current trends in chemical, biological and biotechnological therapeutics, and will look at the latest technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry. You will gain an understanding of the processes used in clinical trials and in the development, manufacture and regulation of medicines. You will also develop your computing and statistical skills and other key skills, such as data collection, communication, time management, organisational and review and synopsis skills.

Assessment

Exams, tests, laboratory reports, assignments, case studies, oral and poster presentations, research project.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Management Studies pathway modules (only available for a September start)
-Statistics and Quality Systems
-Pharmaceutical and Analytical Technology
-Manufacture and Clinical Trials of Medicines
-Business in Practice
-Project

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"This online Masters degree is suitable for those who have general or specialist experience in clinical trials and aims to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials as well as for those wishing to gain an understanding of trials before moving into this increasingly important field." - Professor Diana Elbourne, Course Director. Read more

Study for a prestigious Clinical Trials Masters degree

by distance learning

"This online Masters degree is suitable for those who have general or specialist experience in clinical trials and aims to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials as well as for those wishing to gain an understanding of trials before moving into this increasingly important field." - Professor Diana Elbourne, Course Director.

Course aims

The course aims to develop:

- a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions.
- skills to scrutinize information, to critically analyse and carry out research, and to communicate effectively.

Prestige

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is the leading postgraduate medical institution in Europe in the subjects of public health and tropical medicine. Read about the Clinical Trials Unit at LSHTM being shortlisted for a prestigious BMJ Group Award for their role in Crash-2 clinical trial. This demonstrated the life-saving potential of a cheap drug and is up for BMJ Research Paper of the Year.

Excellent support

You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.

Once registered, you will be sent the learning materials for the module(s) you have chosen to study. Clinical Trials module materials are mostly delivered online. These materials will take you through a programme of directed self-study, and indicate how and where you can obtain supplementary study materials and access tutorial support to enhance your studies.

Tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year (October to May), through the online Virtual Learning Environment.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre:
http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/contact-us

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For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, including. Read more
For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, including:

medical and clinical oncology SpRs
nurses
pharmacists
radiographers
vets
clinical trial co-ordinators
dieticians

A full-time programme is also available.

This programme aims to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of cancer, its epidemiology and pathology, and to place this in a clinical context. You will then address how this knowledge effects therapeutic approaches and disease management.

It aims to allow you to understand the research process by drawing on examples within the department and its associated clinical trials unit. A key part of this Masters programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.

At all levels we aim to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, in addition to assembling and learning facts you will also to consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer.

The programme is studied part time over 2 years and includes a taught element plus a work place based dissertation. This is made up of 4 residential taught modules per year (8 in total). Taught modules consist of one or two 5 day blocks Monday to Friday approximately 9am - 5.30pm. The total taught element consists of 45-55 days of attendance over the whole programme depending on your choice of optional modules.

You can opt for a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of the core modules and 40 credits of optional modules, or an MSc on successful completion of the taught programme and an independently researched dissertation.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This programme addresses both academic and professional requirements. Read more
This programme addresses both academic and professional requirements: it integrates academic knowledge and understanding with both the needs of the working professional clinical perfusion scientist and the demands of professional registration with the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland (SCPS).

It will develop your interest in and knowledge and understanding of perfusion science. Successful completion of the programme will lead to accreditation as a clinical perfusion scientist by the SCPS.

This MSc provides high-quality, research-led education that is focused on the needs and expectation of students interested in perfusion science. It will equip you with enhanced knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the current approaches and emerging research in the field. It will cover:

- Advanced physiology and disease states of organs that are affected by Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and thereby relevant to perfusion science.
- Composition and function of blood and implications of transfusion and use of CPB on function.
- Detailed knowledge regarding pathobiology, epidemiology and symptoms of cardiovascular diseases (coronary artery disease, valve and heart disease, paediatric heart disease) and their current treatments.
- Current pre-clinical and clinical research to improve the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.
- A theoretical background in quantitative statistics leading to more advanced knowledge on clinical trial design and management.
- Principles and practical aspects of the currently used techniques in adult and paediatric perfusion science.
- The key elements of a well-designed research project.

The programme provides a firm theoretical grounding in the basic scientific principles and clinical applications of perfusion science. In conjunction with work-based practical training, this will provide you with the essential skills for employment or a further degree in this field. In addition, you will also be introduced to key practical techniques that you will require as a perfusion scientist.

Programme structure

This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format, utilising both distance (online) learning and campus-based teaching. Students will be required to attend Bristol for eight one-week blocks during the two years, for either lectures or exams.

All units are mandatory.
- Anatomy and physiology (20 credits)
- Clinical Trials and Statistics (10 credits)
- Coronary Artery Disease (20 credits)
- Adult CPB principles and practice (20 credits)
- Heart and Valve Disease (20 credits)
- Paediatric perfusion and circulatory support (20 credits)
- Work-based assessment (10 credits)
- Research project (60 credits): This can either be a 'wet' or a 'dry' project of an appropriate area of study. It will be presented both in written form and orally with a mini-presentation and viva.

Careers

This programme will accredit trainees as clinical perfusion scientists.

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The Department of Oncology and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre offer a part-time MSc in Experimental Therapeutics that brings together some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists to deliver an advanced modular programme designed for those in full-time employment, both in the UK and overseas. Read more
The Department of Oncology and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre offer a part-time MSc in Experimental Therapeutics that brings together some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists to deliver an advanced modular programme designed for those in full-time employment, both in the UK and overseas.

The Programme draws on the world-class research and teaching in experimental therapeutics at Oxford University and offers a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of the principles that underpin clinical research and to translate this into good clinical and research practice.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/msc-in-experimental-therapeutics

The first deadline for applications is Friday 20 January 2017

If your application is completed by this January deadline and you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered for a graduate scholarship. For details see: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships.

Programme details

The MSc in Experimental Therapeutics is a part-time course consisting of six modules and a research project and dissertation. The programme is normally completed in two to three years. Students are full members of the University of Oxford and are matriculated as members of an Oxford college.

The modules in this programme can also be taken as individual short courses. It is possible to transfer credit from up to three previously completed modules into the MSc programme, if the time elapsed between commencement of the accredited module(s) and registration for the MSc is not more than two years.

Programme modules:

- The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics
- Drug Development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging
- Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy
- Adverse Drug Reactions, Drug Interactions, and Pharmacovigilance
- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol Preparation
- Biological Therapeutics

Course aims

The aim of the MSc programme is to provide students with the necessary training and practical experience to enable them to understand the principles that underpin clinical research, and to enable them to translate that understanding into good clinical and research practice.

By the end of the MSc programme, students should understand the following core principles:

- Development, marketing and regulations of drugs
- Pharmaceutical factors that affect drug therapy
- Pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics and pharmacodynamics
- Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and pharmacovigilance
- Designing phase I, II and III clinical trials for a range of novel therapeutic interventions (and imaging agents).
- Application of statistics to medicine
- Laboratory assays used to support trial end-points
- Use of non-invasive imaging in drug development
- Application of analytical techniques

By the end of the programme, students should be equipped to:

- demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques for solving clinical research problems and translate this into good clinical and research practice
- apply skills gained in techniques and practical experience from across the medical and biological sciences
- develop skills in managing research-based work in experimental therapeutics
- carry out an extended research project involving a literature review, problem specification and analysis in experimental therapeutics and write a short dissertation

Guidance from the UK Royal College of Physician's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

The Faculty have confirmed that if enrolled for Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST), trainees may be able to use knowledge provided by Experimental Therapeutics modules to cover aspects of a module of the PMST curriculum. Trainees are advised to discuss this with their Educational Supervisor.

Experimental Therapeutics modules may also be used to provide those pursuing the Faculty's Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) with the necessary knowledge required to cover the Diploma syllabus. Applicants for the DPM exam are advised to read the DPM syllabus and rules and regulations.

Members of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine who are registered in the Faculty's CPD scheme can count participation in Experimental Therapeutics modules towards their CPD record. Non-members may wish to obtain further advice about CPD credit from their Royal College or Faculty.

Assessment methods

To complete the MSc, students need to:

Attend the six modules and complete an assessed written assignment for each module.
Complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director.

Dissertation:
The dissertation is founded on a research project that builds on material studied in the taught modules. The dissertation should normally not exceed 15,000 words.

The project will normally be supervised by an academic supervisor from the University of Oxford, and an employer-based mentor.

The following are topics of dissertations completed by previous students on the course:

- The outcomes of non-surgical management of tubal pregnancy; a 6 month study of the South East London population

- Analysis of the predictive and prognostic factors of outcome in a cohort of patients prospectively treated with perioperative chemotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the stomach or of the gastroesophageal junction

- Evolution of mineral and bone disorder in early Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): the role of FGF23 and vitamin D

- Survey of patients' knowledge and perception of the adverse drug reporting scheme (yellow cards) in primary care

- The predictive role of ERCC1 status in oxaliplatin based Neoadjuvant for metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) to the liver

- Endothelial Pathophysiology in Dengue - Dextran studies during acute infection

- Literature review of the use of thalidomide in cancer

- An investigation into the phenotypical and functional characteristics of mesenchymal stem cells for clinical application

- Identification of genetic variants that cause capecitabine and bevacizumab toxicity

- Bridging the evidence gap in geriatric medicines via modelling and simulations

Teaching methods

The class-based modules will include a period of preparatory study, a week of intensive face-to-face lectures and tutorials, followed by a period for assignment work. Attendance at modules will be a requirement for study. Some non-classroom activities will be provided at laboratory facilities elsewhere in the University. The course will include taught material on research skills. A virtual learning environment (VLE) will provide between-module support.

The taught modules will include group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers. Practical work aims to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

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The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care is run jointly between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine) and the Department for Continuing Education. Read more
The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care is run jointly between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine) and the Department for Continuing Education. The teachers and contributors are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based practice and teaching. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice.

Programme details

Students are required to complete two compulsory introductory modules; and then choose four modules to match their learning needs. Students are assessed for each module using coursework designed to integrate new learning with current practice. Students are encouraged to deepen their learning through online learning activities and asynchronous discussion groups.

Students are also required to submit a dissertation which is a major piece of independent work that investigates in depth an aspect of evidence-based practice. Students are encouraged to choose their own topic, in an area that has direct relevance to their professional work.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/msc-in-evidence-based-health-care

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Optional Modules (four must be chosen)

• Clinical Trial Management
• Ethics for Biosciences (online)
• Mixed Methods in Health Research
• Knowledge into Action
• Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening
• Introduction to Statistics for Health Researchers (online)
• Systematic Reviews
• Randomized Controlled Trials
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Essential Medical Statistics
• History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

Course Aims

The aim of the MSc programme is to help health professionals base their clinical and health management decisions on valid, reliable and relevant evidence, determined by sound scientific research and evaluation.

By the end of the programme students are expected to be able to:
• Find and appraise quantitative and qualitative research evidence critically and efficiently and understand what the results mean in different contexts and for different healthcare decisions.
• Integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health policy decisions in a wide range of situations.
• Be familiar with key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty.
• Work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence.
• Work comfortably in unpredictable situations and deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
• Have an understanding of ethical frameworks in health care and be able to apply ethical principles to practical issues.
• Understand health care organisations, their management and the changing context in which they operate
• Be pro-active in recognising the need for change and have the ability to manage change.
• Understand how to work with colleagues to make informed decisions based on evidence and operate effectively in a variety of team roles.
• Provide leadership for evidence-based practice and research.
• Manage projects, people, time and change effectively and efficiently.
• Present and communicate information about research evidence and evidence-based practice clearly in written, electronic and oral forms to a range of audiences.
• Be able to produce a robust research protocol, for a variety of different types of research question, in a format that can be submitted as an application for research funding.
• Be able to play a lead role in the conduct and presentation of research.
• Have an understanding of the ethical issues in health research and research governance.
• Routinely use the principles of reflective practice.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care page on the University of Oxford web site for more details!

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This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future. Read more
This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future.

Applications for admisson in October 2016 are now open, the deadline to receive applications by is Friday 29 July 2016 (12 noon UK time).

Description

This progamme is designed to be taken by Academic Clinical Fellows alongside work commitments, the Health Research programme exists to enable students to:

- develop skills of research, design and data analysis in both qualitative and quantitative research

- critically evaluate health research

- identify, critically appraise and incorporate the results of medical and social science research into the day-to-day decision-making of clinical, scientific and administrative practice

- apply the principles of evidence-based practice in health care settings

- plan how to implement the findings of research to improve health care

- use theories and principles underpinning clinical research to inform their own research practice.

The programme is delivered through the Department for Continuing Education, with the expertise in curriculum design and teaching drawn from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, and the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/postgraduate-certificate-in-health-research

Programme details

The Postgraduate Certificate is normally completed between 1-2 years. It consists of three assessed taught modules and includes thorough introductions to the principles of evidence-based practice in health, and to study design and research methods.

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

The third module may be chosen from the following list:

- Clinical Trial Management
- Ethics for Biosciences
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Knowledge into Action
- Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening
- Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- Qualitative Research Methods
- The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics
- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol preparation
- Biological Therapeutics
- Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy
- Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and Pharmacovigilance
- Drug development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging

Course aims

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques appropriate for solving evidence-based health care/health-research problems and be able to translate (through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages) that understanding into good clinical practice

- demonstrate a range of research skills enabling them to complete research successfully, either as part of a research team or as an individual

- acquire, interpret and analyse biological information with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of the existing primary literature in the field

- apply skills and expertise gained across the medical and biological sciences expected of professional researchers

Students will know and understand:

- health-care organizations, their management and the changing context in which they operate

- the ethical issues in health research and research governance

- methods to integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health-policy decisions in a wide range of situations

- the key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty

- how to work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence

- research methods and concepts in the field of health and health care

All graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research will be able to:

- understand the role of most commonly used methods appropriate for specifying problems through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages of these methods

- understand and express the main principles of some commonly applied techniques and methods

- explain the rationale for the selection of tools used in the analysis of phenomena.

Assessment methods

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate students must:

- Attend and complete the 2 compulsory modules and 1 option module.

Students will also be expected to complete three written assignments, usually of no more than 4000 words, one on each of the chosen modules above.

With the exception of the online modules, the EBHC modules are based on an eight week study cycle. Week One is a preparatory week where you may be required to undertake some pre-reading and to familiarise yourself with the Virtual Learning Environment. During Week Two you are required to attend the face to face teaching week in Oxford. This is followed by an additional six weeks where you are expected to participate in online activities and submit your assignment

Level and demands

Candidates will, in all but exceptional circumstances be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate with optional progression on successful completion to the Diploma, provided that a candidate:

- has successfully completed the final year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent; or

- has an appropriate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a profession allied to medicine with post-qualification experience

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an approach to their study which includes demonstrable skills of critical analysis, wide contextual knowledge and the ability to manage their own time.

Additionally candidates should:

- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)

- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and University events and modules

Successful candidates will normally provide evidence of all of the following:

- A professional interest in Health Research, evidenced by prior experience, qualification and work

- Motivation and ability to complete the course

- A clear and well argued understanding of the benefits of the course to the candidate's current employment and future prospects

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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