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The Master of Evaluation is a specialist course that uses the latest research and insights to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills of evaluation theory and practice that can be applied to work settings. Read more

The Master of Evaluation is a specialist course that uses the latest research and insights to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills of evaluation theory and practice that can be applied to work settings.

Developed by the Centre for Program Evaluation, this is one of the few courses available online that specialise in Evaluation.

If you are a busy professional planning to forge a new career, or looking to take a leadership role in evaluation practice, this course is for you.

COURSE AIMS

This course is designed to create leaders in the field of evaluation. By undertaking this course, you will become familiar with theories underlying policy and program development, ethical practice, key concepts and approaches to evaluation and the various roles of an evaluator.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be able to apply your creative and critical thinking skills to design and conduct evaluation and research activities and confidently communicate with clients and stakeholders at the highest professional standard.

Students wishing to pursue a Research Higher Degree in the field of Evaluation can contact the Student Support team  or look at the research degrees offered by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

WHO THE COURSE IS FOR

This course is for professionals from a wide range of roles within various sectors including:

  • International development
  • Health
  • Education
  • Corporate sector
  • Community sector.

CAREER OUTCOMES

By gaining a qualification in evaluation, you could successfully apply your evaluation skills to the relevant roles listed below:

  • Senior Program Planner
  • Senior Trainer and Assessor
  • Year Level Coordinator
  • Senior Internal Auditor
  • Manager, Planning and Performance
  • Senior Consultant.


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Who is it for?. The demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. Whether you have a quantitative, sciences’ or economics background, the MSC in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare is designed to help you meet that demand. Read more

Who is it for?

The demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. Whether you have a quantitative, sciences’ or economics background, the MSC in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare is designed to help you meet that demand.

From economic evaluation, health economics and quantitative methods to welfare economics and epidemiology, this course will give you the expertise to pursue a rewarding career in health economics.

Objectives

This course has been designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector.

The Economic Evaluation in Healthcare MSc helps you:

  • Develop your analytical and modelling abilities.
  • Understand the background and theoretical foundations of health economics.
  • Recognise the conceptual bases for economic evaluation and advanced quantitative methods relevant to healthcare decision-making.
  • Gain the skills and the experience you need to work as a health economist.

The Department of Economics hosts both the City Health Economics Centre (CHEC) and the London Health Economics Group (LHEG)

Placements

Placements provide you with a unique opportunity to apply the skills you have learned during the MSc and acquire experience in the workplace.

Companies and organisations are invited to meet with you and propose subjects for your dissertation, which will be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor.

Our students secure placements with a wide range of companies, such as:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Eli Lilly
  • Campbell Alliance
  • Office of Health Economics
  • Otsuka
  • Celgene
  • Curo
  • IMS Health
  • And many others.

Academic facilities

As a Master’s student at City, you will benefit from state-of-the art student-geared facilities, including a bright new gym and meeting points. Most importantly, you will benefit from City’s central London location.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by research-active academic staff, teaching assistants, and industry speakers and visiting lecturers.

We have also invited speakers to present specialised topics in Health Economics.

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module), but this can vary by module.

About two-thirds of our students secure a placement at a firm. The placement is used to learn about the sector while writing the dissertation.

Pre-sessionals

Pre-sessional activities covering Statistics, Microeconomics, Stata, Excel and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Statistics – date TBC
  • Mathematics – date TBC
  • Stata – date TBC
  • Excel – date TBC
  • Microeconomics – date TBC

Please note that you are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information, such as the exact times and locations, will be provided in your induction schedule.

Full-time and part-time assessment

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June.

Full-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation and examination periods over one year.

Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme at the end of September, when they submit their dissertation.

Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session will submit their dissertation in December.

Part-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation and examination periods spread over one year and three months.

Part-time students complete all modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their dissertation.

Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme in December, when they submit their dissertation. Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules in August submit in March of the following year.

Modules

You will complete 180 credits. This includes modules worth 120 credits (one module worth 30 credits and six modules worth 15 credits). The research project is worth 60 credits.

Each module typically has a weekly two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial, but this may vary.

This course is taught on Thursdays and Fridays only. A full-time student can expect to spend all day Thursday and Friday at City, for 10 or 11 weeks in the Autumn term and the Spring term.

Please note: it is not possible to give an exact indication of hours per week, as these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Part one: route core module

You will take Quantitative Methods and Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the first term and Health Economics and Advanced Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the second term.

You will take Epidemiology on Fridays during the first term and Welfare Economics and Economic Evaluation Workshops (Modelling) on Fridays during the second term.

Part-time students will take only what is taught on Thursdays during the first year and what is taught on Fridays during the second year.

  • Quantitative methods (Health) (30 credits)
  • Advanced Economic Evaluation in Health Care (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation workshops (15 credits)
  • Welfare economics (15 credits)
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)

Part two: route core module

  • Economics research project (60 credits)

Career prospects

This MSc prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. It will also enable you to explore teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Our MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Abacus International
  • NICE
  • Optum
  • IMS Health
  • Research International
  • NHS
  • Kovis
  • Eli-Lilly
  • OHE
  • United Nations
  • Fidelity
  • Oxford Outcomes
  • Gallaher
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Synovate
  • Tomtah

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics. Our Master’s graduates have pursued PhDs at UCL, York, City, University of London and Warwick.



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-The opportunity to learn how to plan and deliver a professional evaluation in the context of the three pillars of sustainable development. Read more

Key features of this course:

-The opportunity to learn how to plan and deliver a professional evaluation in the context of the three pillars of sustainable development
- Increased understanding of what constitutes best practice in evaluation
- Valuable professional evaluation experience, demonstrable to prospective employers
- The chance to make a difference through a real world, team evaluation project
- Contact with experienced and effective evaluation and sustainable development practitioners

The Bulmer Foundation’s postgraduate courses are delivered in partnership between the University of Worcester and the Bulmer - Foundation and the PG Cert in Evaluation for a Sustainable Future may be taken over one or two years. Students are also welcome to take individual modules for personal or professional development.

Throughout the course each student is supported by a small team of academic staff and the input of expert practitioners. Students are also able to access a wide range of support and services through the University of Worcester.

Expertise in evaluation theory and practice is increasingly important today where social, environmental and economic impacts are of paramount importance in ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

The introduction of the Social Value Act (2012) means there is a greater emphasis on measurement and monetisation of outcomes and impacts for work commissioned by the public sector.

Third sector organisations and businesses are now required to provide robust evidence of the impacts of their work in order to secure and retain contracts.

In the business world, corporate social responsibility means that there is pressure on all companies to demonstrate their ethical and responsible practices.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation for a Sustainable future aims to provide a sound foundation in evaluation theory at the same time as allowing students to develop their professional skills through research and real-world projects.

Graduates of the programme are expected to go on to pursue or develop successful careers in a wide range of organisations, supporting them to be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and will be well positioned to play a key role in the move to a more sustainable future.

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The MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management (REM) is a unique combination of Reservoir Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering centred around the individual reservoir rather than the wider regional geology (which is covered in our sister programme MSc Petroleum Geoscience). Read more
The MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management (REM) is a unique combination of Reservoir Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering centred around the individual reservoir rather than the wider regional geology (which is covered in our sister programme MSc Petroleum Geoscience). The REM masters degree focuses on equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to develop predictive models of the reservoir.

Most development decisions in oil companies are based on the predictions of computer models of the subsurface. The Reservoir Evaluation and Management MSc teaches students the most effective ways to combine the geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering disciplines in order to develop and run computer models which provide the most robust predictions.

More information about the MSc is available in Heriot-Watt's online prospectus:
http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-reservoir-evaluation-and-management/

About the programme

The main objective of the MSc programme is to provide a thorough training in aspects of reservoir geology, geophysics and engineering related to the appraisal and development of subsurface hydrocarbon resources.

The programme is deliberately intensive, typically consisting of working a full 5 days per week of lectures and practical work, including labs or tutorial exercises designed to teach practical work, in addition to learning theory. The programme also includes two field trips to observe geology in the field for those with and without prior geological experience.

The most challenging and fulfilling aspect of the Reservoir Evaluation and Management programme is the project skills, particularly the team project, where students are tasked to propose a development plan for a real field. The project integrates all the learning in reservoir geosciences and engineering disciplines and reinforces the learning through team work.

Topics covered:
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• Reservoir concepts
• Reservoir sedimentology
• Rock mechanics, geomechanics and geophysics
• Formation evaluation
• Well testing and production logging
• Geological Modelling and management
• Reservoir engineering
• Reservoir simulation

For more information on the programme content, including course descriptions, please visit: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-reservoir-evaluation-and-management/

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the Energy Institute.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Reservoir Evaluation and Management MSc are highly sought after by all major oil and gas operators and service companies worldwide. They go on to work in a variety of roles, including Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering. The programme also provides an excellent springboard for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

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This Master's is for those who are in interested in designing and implementing development projects and programmes and/or in researching development effectiveness, and who need to develop and enhance their skills for undertaking high-quality rigorous impact evaluations. Read more
This Master's is for those who are in interested in designing and implementing development projects and programmes and/or in researching development effectiveness, and who need to develop and enhance their skills for undertaking high-quality rigorous impact evaluations.

Impact evaluation has become an important tool in development policy making. Multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies and developing country governments are now widely committed to funding and utilising high quality impact evaluation.

The course offers familiarisation with and skills in the basics of modern evidence-based policy-making and impact evaluation, including the contexts and practices of evaluation, research design and data production for evaluation, and basic and more advanced methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis.

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The MERM Program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, program evaluation, and research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Education, Quality of Life Studies, Health Studies). Read more
The MERM Program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, program evaluation, and research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Education, Quality of Life Studies, Health Studies). For more than 25 years, the faculty and students of the MERM program have been contributing to its international reputation as a leader in the field. Our students and faculty have done research in human and health services, psychological, educational, community and health settings. The essential difference between the MA and MED in MERM is that the MED is wholly course based whereas the MA requires two fewer courses but the completion of a master's thesis. As such completion of a master's thesis is viewed as a prerequisite for the pursuit of doctoral studies in most institutions.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts (research-based), Master of Education (course-based)
- Specialization: Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Program Overview

The graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) offers Ph.D., M.A., and M.Ed. degrees. The MERM area focuses on the preparation of graduate students to be methodological and measurement specialists. We strive to promote in our research, student supervision, and teaching the highest standards of measurement and research methodology in our discipline. Upon degree completion, our master's and Ph.D. students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in school districts or government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

MERM students generally fit into one of three categories:
1. Students who have an applied interest in educational and psychological measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis. Although they may have some preparation in measurement and data analysis in their undergraduate studies, this is not always the case. These students are more oriented toward the use of measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis techniques in fields such as education, psychology, or health.

2. Students who have strong theoretical interests in technical problems related to areas such as test theory, item response theory, assessment, statistics, factor analysis, and multi-level modeling. Although some of these students come to the Program with some statistical and/or mathematical background, often obtained while studying in another social science discipline such as psychology or sociology, other students arrive with degrees in statistics or mathematics as well.
3. Students who find it compatible with their career goals to give equal attention to both applied and theoretical aspects of this program.

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Please note. this programme is only available to home/EU students. Breast cancer care, diagnosis and treatment exist in a changing professional environment that requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice. Read more
Please note: this programme is only available to home/EU students.

Choose Kingston's Breast Evaluation PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Breast cancer care, diagnosis and treatment exist in a changing professional environment that requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice. If you are a registered healthcare practitioner working in the field of breast evaluation, this course is relevant to you.

This interprofessional programme enables participants to gain competence in the multi-skilled practice of breast evaluation. Shared learning for different healthcare disciplines is facilitated through a range of modules provided by collaborative partners at the Jarvis National Breast Screening Training Centre, Guildford, and at the South West London National Breast Screening Training Centre at St George's. By developing your multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, care and management of breast disease, this programme enables the enhancement of service provision to the client requesting or requiring breast evaluation.

You may be granted credits for your previous academic and professional qualification through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme. An independent work-based learning module enables you to study around your individual CPD and workplace needs.

What will you study?

You will study modules relating to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, research methods and ethics as well as independent work-based learning topics to meet your personal and clinical needs.

Some of the modules are developed in partnership with the Jarvis and St George's Breast Screening Centres.

Assessment

Case studies, research protocols, dissertation, essays, portfolios, practical assessment, OSCE, reflective log book.

Course structure

The postgraduate admissions administrator will help you choose the most suitable combination of modules depending on your needs. Some of the modules are developed in partnership with a range of healthcare providers.

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

Available modules
-Advanced Principles and Practice of Breast Interventional Techniques
-Clinical Breast Examination and Client Communication
-Contemporary Practice In Breast Cancer Genetics and Diagnosis
-Interpretation and Reporting in Mammography
-Professional Practice in Mammography 1 ^
-Professional Practice in Mammography 2 ^
-Ultrasound of the Breast
-Advanced Practice - Negotiated Independent Work Based Learning
-Management of Resources and Quality within Healthcare
-Practice Education and Mentorship+
-Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare (for PgDip)
-Dissertation (for MSc)

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Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy efficiency targets, and how to go about improving them. Read more
Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy efficiency targets, and how to go about improving them.

The energy performance of today's new buildings must withstand far more scrutiny than ever before. Those involved or investing in construction projects will need an increasing awareness of these factors to maintain compliance with the law, as tougher EU and UK directives for building performance are drawn up and legislated.

You will use the latest technologies to evaluate building performance, including software to model 2D thermal movement or track moisture. You will also visit real-life testing sites and help set up and carry out some of the procedures yourself, investigating heat loss, heat transfer, moisture development and thermal bridges.

Your course will provide an essential platform if you are wanting to evaluate the energy efficiency of buildings, or if you want to get involved in building forensics or surveying.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/buildingperformance_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

New legislation and the need for more energy efficient buildings will ensure the demand for experts in the design and evaluation of high-performing homes and workplaces continues to grow. Specialist knowledge in this field should help if you already work in surveying, building forensics and energy efficient assessment to further your career.

- Sustainable Property Developer
- Energy Efficient Assessor
- Building Forensic Assessor
- Building Surveyor

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll be exposed to the latest techniques and technologies to measure heat loss and energy transfer, as well as the latest cutting-edge research from our Sustainability Institute and our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

Our teaching staff are involved in building performance evaluation on national research schemes. Our University is frequently commissioned by Innovate UK, a leading technology advisory body, to analyse the best energy performing buildings in the country, which underlines our expertise in this area. Our academics will feed these findings directly into your learning, giving you access to first-class research and a rich variety of contacts to network with.

You will also have access to our state-of-the-art building performance testing kits to analyse buildings in the field, such as thermal imaging cameras and drone technology, and you will work with the latest 2D and dynamic simulation modelling software to measure standards and sharpen your experience of working with the latest technology.

Core Modules

Building Performance & Evaluation
Develop the knowledge of a range of tools and techniques to analyse the energy performance of a building.

Building Environmental Science & Modelling
Gain an overview of the science that governs how buildings perform in relation to occupant comfort, health, energy use and service life.

Chris Gorse

Senior Lecturer

"You will be exposed to the latest methods of testing and monitoring buildings. We have researchers who have informed building performance evaluation and their knowledge feeds directly into this course."

Chris Gorse is Professor of Construction & Project Management and Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute. He leads projects in the areas of sustainability, low carbon and building performance and has an interest in domestic new builds, commercial buildings and refurbishment. Chris is an established author and has consultancy experience in construction management and law.

Facilities

- Design Studios
Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing you to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, our Library has you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Leeds Sustainability Institute
We offer the latest drone and thermal imaging technology to provide new ways of measuring and evaluating building sustainability.

- Broadcasting Place
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues. Read more
The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues.

All applicants to this programme should apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals in the first instance. Both the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals should be completed before progressing to the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.

What is Covered?

The modules are organised in a similar manner to the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals. Each module lasts for approximately 12 weeks and comprises six or seven individual study 'units'. Modules are weighted at 20 'credits', where one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of study time.

In addition to the three compulsory modules for the Postgraduate Certificate and the three for the Postgraduate Diploma, students taking the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment take three further modules.

Programme Details

Mounting pressure on health care budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise health care systems and the spending within them. The University of York distance learning programmes in health economics allow students to gain an accredited qualification while continuing in their careers, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to match professional and personal circumstances.

We offer three programmes of study, with the aim of providing students with the skills and confidence to apply the principles of health economics within the workplace. All applicants must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance, and progression to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is dependent on performance.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation course is a Master’s level course open to pharmacy practitioners who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or equivalent for practitioners working overseas, and who are practising either full-time or part-time. Read more

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation course is a Master’s level course open to pharmacy practitioners who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or equivalent for practitioners working overseas, and who are practising either full-time or part-time. The course is also open to other appropriately qualified practising health professionals who have studied to at least undergraduate degree level, or who have at least 5 years’ experience of practising in their field, at the discretion of the programme manager. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/researchandevaluation/

Course Content

The course is designed around the three compulsory modules. The delivery media used, outline content and activities for each are described below. You will also attend an Induction Session at the beginning of the course. You will normally complete the Certificate in under 12 months, but you have the option of taking longer.

- Induction Session
You will attend an Induction session at Keele led by Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy staff at the start of the course. The date of the induction depends on when you start the course, but will normally be in September or January. This session will give you the opportunity to meet with other practitioners who are doing a pharmacy-related Master’s degree or APD course and with your tutor(s) who will support you on future modules of the certificate course.

The cost of the Induction session is included in the course fee. However, you must meet the full costs of travel and any overnight accommodation required.

- Advanced Practice Development (APD) Module
This module will be directed by you under the supervision of a Keele tutor(s). This module allows you to focus on an area of your professional practice that you have chosen, therefore you will negotiate specific learning outcomes, content, activities and overall format of your portfolio with your tutor.

It is anticipated that you will meet with your tutor following the Induction session, to discuss your initial ideas then finalise the learning outcomes during further meeting(s) - either face to face or virtual – as agreed necessary between you and your tutor.

If you are completing this module to support your accreditation as a Pharmacist with Special Interests (PhwSI), the specific learning outcomes will be based on the published required competencies for PhwSIs.

Given the student-led, flexible nature of this module you will be in control of your input to its achievement but we advise you to arrange any work shadowing or visits early on. You will be required to complete a portfolio ready for review by the due date.

This module is also available for you to complete on a stand-alone basis so that you do not have to commit to doing the whole Certificate course.

- Researching and Evaluating Your Practice Module
This is a distance learning module. The majority of the learning materials will be provided in the Course Reader, so that you can study where and when it is convenient for you. Some sections signpost to resources that are available to download from Keele’s virtual learning environment (KLE). You are also expected to do your own reading as guided by and beyond the reading list that will be provided in the module, particularly in relation to the research methods you plan to use in your Independent Learning Project.

The Course Reader is divided into five sections:
• Section 1 - The principles of research
• Section 2 – Literature review
• Section 3 – Research methods
• Section 4 – Analysing data
• Section 5 - Validity, reliability and allied concepts

You will be required to participate in some on-line activities, to help you to develop the course assessment. These will either be on-line discussions with other students, or e-mail discussions with your tutor depending on the numbers of students on the course. You are required to submit your assessment (project proposal) for this module to Keele by the due date.

This module is also available for you to complete on a stand-alone basis so that you do not have to commit to doing the whole Certificate course.

- Independent Learning Project (ILP) Module
To be able to start this module you must have completed the APD and Researching and Evaluating Your Practice modules first.

For the ILP module you will conduct a project into an aspect of your chosen area of practice. The project will be an evaluation of an existing service, or evaluation of existing professional practice that might benefit from new service development. This will be informed by your learning from the APD module and the Researching and Evaluating Your Practice module and will require rigour, critical thinking and high quality presentation.

You are required to have passed the APD and the Researching and Evaluating Your Practice modules before you can begin the Independent Learning Project. You will be granted 6 months from receiving approval in which to complete the project. The due date for the project report will be agreed at the time approval is granted.

You will be assigned to a tutor (normally the same tutor who supported you for the APD module) for the duration of the module. Further meetings (face-to-face or virtual) will take place as agreed, if necessary, between you and your tutor. You will be provided with more information at the start of the module.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The personal and professional future of every individual is increasingly marked by life-long learning. In such a context, there is a growing need to assess, on a regular basis, the learning potential and the skill and personality profiles of individuals. Read more

About the course

The personal and professional future of every individual is increasingly marked by life-long learning. In such a context, there is a growing need to assess, on a regular basis, the learning potential and the skill and personality profiles of individuals. The programme features key qualifications specific to the field of assessment by focusing on quantitative research methods to assess the learning potential, skills and personality profiles of individuals.

Aims

As a student, you will acquire:

• theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary to devise scholarly assessment studies;
• skills to develop, select and apply assessment tools;
• develop transferable skills (data analysis; report-writing; oral presentation, etc.)
• statistical and methodological knowledge and expertise required to process and interpret data;
• high-level skills in implementing and applying mechanisms, whether in cognitive assessment, academic learning, professional skills or personality evaluation.

Course modules

• Psychological concepts and their relations to evaluation and assessment
• Measurement models
• Measurement tools
• Statistical tools
• Applied testing
• 10-week internship

Career

Students are prepared for a career in human resources departments, assessment centres and initial and continuing training centres.

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Introduction. Applications are invited for an MSc by Research fees funded studentship post commencing 19th March 2018. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. Read more

Introduction

Applications are invited for an MSc by Research fees funded studentship post commencing 19th March 2018. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. It will run for 1 year and the fees of the MSc by Research programme will be paid by the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) at the University of Bedfordshire. 

ISPAR delivers research spanning across sport science, physical activity, health, psychology, behaviour change, pedagogy and social sciences of sport. In the latest Research Excellent Framework assessment 95% of our research was rated as internationally recognised or better. 

About the project

The Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) and the Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) at the University of Bedfordshire have partnered to deliver this exciting interdisciplinary research project. The project will undertake an evaluation of a mobile phone app and online platform developed by these two research institutes to promote the health and wellbeing of breast cancer patients. The app and online platform are designed to empower patients in their healthcare by encouraging them to self-manage their condition. The tools help to monitor health, medication reminders, medical appointments, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, pain, and fatigue, which are common problems in cancer patients. The app also delivers the patient tips and reminders for healthy behaviours and provides interactive visualisation of the patient’s data, which can be shared with medical professionals to inform clinical decisions. 

The successful candidate will undertake a research project to evaluate the effects of these tools on quality of life, pain, fatigue, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour in breast cancer patients. The candidate will gain research experience in a clinical setting and will work within an interdisciplinary team on this exciting project. It is expected that the student will contribute to the study design, NHS ethical approval process, delivery and evaluation of the intervention, and author a journal publication to disseminate the findings. 

Candidate requirements

The applicant will gain experience in the design, conduct and presentation of research relating to the project. Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum of 2:1) in a relevant discipline (e.g. physical activity, sport and exercise science, applied computing, biomedical science). 

Supervisor:

The student will be under the supervision of: 

- Dr Daniel Bailey Senior Lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Exercise; Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research 

- Feng Dong Professor in Visual Computing; Institute for Research in Applicable Computing 

Funding: ISPAR will pay the fees of £4,107; there are no bench fees associated with this project. The post will not include a bursary. 

How to apply

For an application pack or any application queries please email  quoting the appropriate reference number. In addition to a CV all applicants will need to send a cover letter with supporting information on their experience and skills and how these relate to the advertised studentship. 

It is expected that interviews will take place the week beginning 26th February 2018. 

For informal discussions or non-application related queries, please contact Dr Daniel Bailey by email at 

Closing date: 19th February 2018 



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