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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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The MRes Clinical and Health Research programme is open to all healthcare professionals and medical, human and social scientists who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills that are central to clinical research. Read more

The MRes Clinical and Health Research programme is open to all healthcare professionals and medical, human and social scientists who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills that are central to clinical research.

You can complete this programme over one year full time or up to five years part time, making it a particularly flexible option.

Furthermore, it is a recognised component of the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Academic Programme.

Past students on the MRes in Clinical and Health Research programme have included: nurses, doctors and midwives, as well as allied healthcare practitioners.

Introducing your course

The MRes in Clinical and Health Research is a robust and flexible clinical and health research training programme. It is a component of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) clinical academic programme, offering a route into a clinical academic career, research management role or further research training. Successful completion of this multidisciplinary Master's programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to engage in all aspects of research within clinical, healthcare or academic contexts. It is also suitable for those who do not hold a healthcare qualification but who are working in clinical research environments.

Overview

This Masters in Clinical and Health Research is designed for people looking for a more senior clinical appointment, leadership roles, a position in research, or an academic role.

It also serves as an excellent prelude to doctoral studies, and will help you develop skills that will assist your personal research activities as well.

At Health Sciences we have a solid reputation for research excellence in a global context, plus state-of-the-art facilities and first class academics; world renowned clinical academics, medical sociologists, health psychologists, epidemiologists and health service researchers teach on our MRes in Clinical & Health Research. It is all these things together that help make this one of the leading programmes of its kind anywhere in the world.

View the programme specification document for this course



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The MRes Clinical and Health Research programme is open to all healthcare professionals and medical, human and social scientists who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills that are central to clinical research. Read more

The MRes Clinical and Health Research programme is open to all healthcare professionals and medical, human and social scientists who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills that are central to clinical research.

You can complete this programme over one year full time or up to five years part time, making it a particularly flexible option.

Furthermore, it is a recognised component of the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Academic Programme.

Past students on the MRes in Clinical and Health Research programme have included: nurses, doctors and midwives, as well as allied healthcare practitioners.

Introducing your course

The MRes in Clinical and Health Research is a robust and flexible clinical and health research training programme. It is a component of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) clinical academic programme, offering a route into a clinical academic career, research management role or further research training. Successful completion of this multidisciplinary Master's programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to engage in all aspects of research within clinical, healthcare or academic contexts. It is also suitable for those who do not hold a healthcare qualification but who are working in clinical research environments.

Overview

This Masters in Clinical and Health Research is designed for people looking for a more senior clinical appointment, leadership roles, a position in research, or an academic role.

It also serves as an excellent prelude to doctoral studies, and will help you develop skills that will assist your personal research activities as well.

At Health Sciences we have a solid reputation for research excellence in a global context, plus state-of-the-art facilities and first class academics; world renowned clinical academics, medical sociologists, health psychologists, epidemiologists and health service researchers teach on our MRes in Clinical & Health Research. It is all these things together that help make this one of the leading programmes of its kind anywhere in the world.

View the programme specification document for this course



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How do we know what we know about a disease and it’s treatment? Our most reliable knowledge derives from appropriate, timely, high-quality research. . Read more

How do we know what we know about a disease and it’s treatment? Our most reliable knowledge derives from appropriate, timely, high-quality research. 

This programme will equip you with the skills needed to understand the critical elements in planning, undertaking, and analysing research in health care. These are vital skills for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research. 

Our modules can be accessed in a variety of ways including as standalone modules (10 or 20 credits each) or through the 60 credit PG Certificate; 120 credit PG Diploma or the 180 credit Masters

If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation, which is only available to those studying for the Masters.

Course details

This modular multidisciplinary programme offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Health Research Methods and is particularly suitable for:

  • clinical and allied health professionals (including doctors, nurses, midwives, dietitians, physiotherapists)
  • laboratory-based scientists wishing to further understand or transition to population-based research
  • graduates looking to launch their career in health research
  • intercalating medical students who have completed at least three years of full-time study
  • those in the commercial health care sector (including the pharmaceutical or devices industries), public sector organisations (including local government), NGOs, voluntary sector and charities
  • foundation skills for postgraduate research programmes (including PhD)

The aims of the course are to provide a world class programme that meets the needs of those wanting or needing:

  • a detailed understanding of the range of methodologies and analyses utilised in applied health research
  • the necessary skills to critically interpret the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies.

Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Teaching takes place in one-week blocks, and you will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Employability

The programme provides a range of benefits for potential future employment and the flexibility of module choice enables learning tailored to meet your specific needs. 

For example, the programme:

  • provides an excellent basis for a future study towards a PhD in health
  • develops further skills to augment progression in your current or next position
  • enhances your role within the commercial health care sector (e.g. pharmaceutical, devices and related industries)
  • develops your health research skills within the clinical and allied health professions, public sector including local government, NGOs, voluntary sectors and charities
  • provides a robust foundation for a transition or entry to population-based health research from a laboratory research background (this is a frequent transition which many of those teaching on the programme have followed, including both Programme Directors) or as a new graduate wishing to launch your career in health research
  • to develop skills in applying translational research methodologies

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website



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These are modular part-time programmes, particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future. Read more
These are modular part-time programmes, particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future.

It consists of two compulsory modules and four option modules selected from an extensive list of subjects. This provides the students with an opportunity to learn how the principles of health research can be translated into practical actions in selected areas.

The programmes are 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, the Clinical Academic Graduate School and the Department of Statistics.

The two compulsory modules are:

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

Three further modules may be chosen from List B
One further module either from List B or List C

List B:
- 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
- Essential Medical Statistics
- 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

List C:
- Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
- Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication
- Becoming a Medical Educator
- Teaching Evidence-Based Practice
- History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care

Course aims

This progamme is designed 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.

- demonstrate an ability to apply health research techniques appropriately for the solution of research questions;

- be able to apply health research solutions in a novel manner when analysing health research problems.

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

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

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Developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations is becoming increasingly important. Read more

Developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations is becoming increasingly important. Our MSc in Applied Health Research will equip you with the skills necessary to develop a career in the health sector or to design, implement and publish healthcare research.

It offers an excellent grounding in applied health research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics.

Our expertise

When you join our department you are joining one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research teams. Our world leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.

Course content

The MSc in Applied Health Research involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Masters programme (180 credits). You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits. The compulsory modules worth 70 credits are:

-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)

-Epidemiology (10 credits)

-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)

-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)

-Qualitative Health Research (10 credits)

-Health Economics (10 credits)

-Introduction to Health Statistics (10 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:

-Health and Social Behaviour (20 credits)

-Health Policy - Principles, Practice and the Evidence Base (10 credits)

-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)

-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)

-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)

-Infection and Disease (20 credits)*

-Public Health Foundations in Practice (20 credits)*

-Health Research in Practice (10 credits)

* Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice



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The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research provides an excellent grounding in health research for anyone wishing to develop a career in the health sector, where the ability to take a critical, evidence-based approach to health problems and solutions is increasingly valued. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research provides an excellent grounding in health research for anyone wishing to develop a career in the health sector, where the ability to take a critical, evidence-based approach to health problems and solutions is increasingly valued.

The course offers students an excellent grounding in core health research methods including systematic reviews, RCTs, epidemiology, applied statistics, qualitative methods and health economics. Teaching is led by senior staff in the department who are acknowledged experts in their fields and the large majority of teaching sessions take place in small groups.

The Postgraduate Diploma can be undertaken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). You will focus on the production, critical appraisal and use of scientifically rigorous research evidence, applied to a range of health-related areas. It is ideally suited to students who do not wish to go on to conduct their own research project.

Training

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme. You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits. The compulsory modules worth 70 credits are:
-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Epidemiology (10 credits)
-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)
-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
-Qualitative Health Research (10 credits)
-Health Economics (10 credits)
-Introduction to Health Statistics (10 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:
-Health and Social Behaviour (20 credits)
-Health Policy - Principles, Practice and the Evidence Base (10 credits)
-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)
-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)
-Infection and Disease (20 credits) *
-Public Health Foundations and Practice (20 credits) *
-Health Research in Practice (10 credits)

* Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice

There may be some flexibility to attend further modules where the timetable allows.

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About the course

This programme will equip students with a recognition of how different scientific disciplines can be used to structure inquiry and develop the evidence base for health services policy and practice; enable students to conduct effective, high quality applied health research through training and practice in relevant research skills.

The course offers a sound grounding in research methods, research practice, and theory as well as developing key transferable skills in research practice, critical appraisal, academic writing, project management, communication and presentation of research, and research management, policy, governance and ethics. Growing emphasis on evidence-based medicine and health care as well as the increased importance of research in professional development means there is growing demand for training in these areas.

Course Modules

The course comprises three core modules plus one optional module and an extended dissertation.

Core Modules are

• Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

• Quantitative Methods

• Qualitative Methods

Optional Modules available are

• Patient Safety

• Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety

• Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare

• Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Students successfully completing only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Research.

Modules shown represent choices available from 2018. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Research, students will be able to:

 - explain good principles of design, conduct, and governance of health-related research;

 - appraise examples of health-related research using both qualitative and quantitative methods;

 - apply knowledge and skills acquired in their own area of practice.

As a result of successfully completing the MRes in Applied Health Research, students will additionally have:

 - practical experience of undertaking a supervised research project, applying the knowledge from taught modules they have studied;

 - experience of research project management, working with a research supervisor and, where appropriate, research ethics and governance procedures;

 - experience of writing a research report in the form of a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation (excluding references and appendices.



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This is Europe’s only graduate course in reproductive health research and is designed for those interested in acquiring the research skills necessary to conduct policy-relevant research into sexual and reproductive health. Read more

This is Europe’s only graduate course in reproductive health research and is designed for those interested in acquiring the research skills necessary to conduct policy-relevant research into sexual and reproductive health. It provides a non-clinical foundation in family planning, obstetric health, AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections.

This Master's course is recognized by the ESRC as providing high quality research training and a small number of ESRC scholarships (including 1+3 scholarships) are available to UK or EU residents. These are advertised each year with the School scholarships information.

The curriculum has a focus on middle- and low-income settings but also provides excellent training in the principles and methods of research for high-income countries.

Careers

Graduates go into public health and reproductive health programmes, evaluation of family planning programmes, research for governmental and non-governmental agencies and university teaching.

Prize and awards

A prize is awarded each year to the student who has submitted the best project of the year for examination.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/rshr_progspec.pdf)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/reproductive-sexual-health-research

Objectives

By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of evidence-based approaches to research of reproductive and sexual health issues

- critically assess and apply these research approaches to inform development, health and social welfare programmes

- demonstrate a good understanding of the socio-cultural, political and ethical issues surrounding reproductive and sexual health

- identify and address appropriate research questions in reproductive and sexual health, using methods from a range of public health disciplines

- carry out research activities to identify effective components of reproductive and sexual health services within programmes

Structure

Term 1:

Students take the following compulsory modules:

Basic Epidemiology

Foundations in Reproductive Health

Principles of Social Research

Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Further optional modules include:

Extended Epidemiology

Health Policy, Process & Power

Introduction to Health Economics

Population Studies

Terms 2 and 3:

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). One module (in Slot 4) is compulsory.

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Research Design & Analysis*

Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries

Health Care Evaluation

Health Promotion Approaches and Methods

Maternal & Child Nutrition

Sociological Approaches to Health

- Slot 2:

Family Planning Programmes*

Population, Poverty and Environment*

Conflict and Health

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies

Qualitative Methodologies

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

- Slot 3:

Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*

Social Epidemiology*

Medical Anthropology and Public Health

- Slot 4:

Sexual Health

- Slot 5:

AIDS*

Analysing Survey & Population Data*

Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Proposal Development

A restricted number of modules may be taken by self-study, using electronic access teaching material.

Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/masters-degrees/module-specifications

Project Report:

During the summer months (July-August), students complete a research project. Acceptable types of project are: data analysis; a project proposal; an original literature or policy review.

Students normally remain in London for the preparation of their project report. Exceptionally, and only if appropriate, part of the project period may be spent away from the School, whether in the UK or abroad. Arrangements for this must be discussed and agreed with the Course Director.

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:

Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)

- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)

- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)

- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.

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



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This course offers an introduction to the key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. Read more
This course offers an introduction to the key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. You combine perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods, and the specific application of these research methods, to the burgeoning health context of an ageing population and increased need for health care.

This programme should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health-related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

On our course, you gain:
-Knowledge of the core areas of social science, organisational studies and health, including health policy, public health, epidemiology and medical sociology
-An understanding of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching issues of health and healthcare
-Advanced training in researching psychosocial aspects of health and wellbeing

Our MA Health Research is one of two programmes we offer that can either be taken simply as Masters-level programmes or alternatively can be used as the Masters element of our ESRC-accredited pathways for our Doctoral Training Centre.

As part of our ESRC-funded doctoral training pathway, your course content, aims and outcomes are closely allied to the ESRC ‘7 Global Research Challenges’ criteria. This currently means that we focus on developing areas of scholarship in terms of the issues of health, well-being and psychosocial issues, understanding individual behaviour and global economic performance, policy and management.

Please note that this course can also be studied via modular, credit accumulation.

Our expert staff

Our staff are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.

Your future

We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.

This course also lends itself to progression onto our PhD Health Research, or our PhD Health and Organisational Research.

A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
-Panel Data Methods
-Qualitative Health Research
-Theory and Method in Health Research
-Introduction to Survey Design and Management
-Legal and Ethical Issues (optional)
-Leadership in Health and Social Care (optional)
-Research Design and Critical Appraisal (optional)
-Applied Sampling (optional)

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There is an increasing need for health professionals to be directly or indirectly involved with a range of research, evaluation, clinical audit and quality improvement activities as part of their practice. Read more

Introduction

There is an increasing need for health professionals to be directly or indirectly involved with a range of research, evaluation, clinical audit and quality improvement activities as part of their practice. Current policy and practice developments are also placing greater emphasis on the Clinical Academic Career pathway and there are now many health professionals with a clinical/practice and research focus to their roles. These developments point to the need for rigorous, high-quality interdisciplinary and flexible research programmes to prepare health professionals for these challenging and rewarding roles.
The MRes Health Research provides this. There is a strong emphasis placed on the application of knowledge and skills. The course can be taken as an advanced qualification in its own right or as excellent preparation for doctoral level study. Students can choose to study for a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master's degree. Stand-alone modules are also available for those interested in Continuing Professional Development.
The course has been designed to suit students from a range of backgrounds. Most students (and graduates) have a health professional qualification e.g. nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, occupational therapy. Other students are from the social care or research sectors. Our students are from across the UK and overseas with most choosing to study remotely online as that offers flexibility around their work and family commitments.

Key information

- Study methods: Online, Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
- Start date: Part-time: September and January - see Full time route: SeptemberStand-alone modules: most modules are available as Continuing Professional Development starting in September or January Please note that full-time route is not advised for those that are in full-time employment.
- Course Director: Dr Nicola Ring

Course objectives

The MRes Health Research develops skilled and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary health care researchers, able to understand and confidently use research techniques appropriate to their practice/subject area. Helping students to become conversant with approaches used by other social and healthcare researchers is also key as well as developing practical research skills, for example, in user involvement and the use of new technologies.
The course builds capacity and capability in individuals, and the healthcare workforce more generally, by promoting lifelong learning. It supports those who wish to access a range of research career pathways, and/or further research training by advancing knowledge, research and practice in different settings. There is a focus on both skills and experience concurrently and an emphasis on proactive team and network collaborations.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
The MRes Health Research is designed for students who wish to pursue a variety of different careers in health where research is a core component and who wish to make a contribution to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social contexts. Most of our students are employed as health professionals whilst they study part-time with us. When they complete their studies most students will stay in their clinical speciality but use their enhanced research skills/knowledge in their roles e.g. by conducting their own research or service evaluations. Other students wish to use their Masters study as preparation for a PhD. Our students have been very successful in gaining recognition for their research work and for winning funding for PhD study.

- Employability
The majority of our students are already working in health or social care prior to commencement and remain employed throughout the duration of their studies.
Our students develop a wide range of transferable skills during their study that make them attractive to other employers e.g. team working; IT skills; literature searching; critical appraisal; presentation skills; writing and data analysis. Many of our students use the MRes as preparation for PhD studies. The MRes has ESRC approval as part of the 1 + 3 years PhD schemes.

- Industry connections
The MRes team consists of experienced health professionals and social scientists. Through their work they collaborate with various national and international bodies.

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This programme builds on the Department of Health Sciences' national and international experience and reputation in Health Services Research. Read more
This programme builds on the Department of Health Sciences' national and international experience and reputation in Health Services Research.

The postgraduate certificate offers you a solid grounding in quantitative methods used in health, medical and social sciences. The programme offers a range of modules in applied statistics and health research including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics. Teaching is offered in a variety of mediums with some modules delivered remotely while others are campus based. The programme provides a hands-on approach to undertake analysis for a variety of health related data using suitably chosen software packages.

After completing the programme, you will be prepared for careers within the ever-expanding, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional field of health and will be well equipped to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired across any disease area, for example, cancer or cardiovascular disease.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics is a one-year, full-time programme or a two year, part-time programme.

Training

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics is a one-year, full-time programme or a two year, part-time programme. You will take taught modules worth a total of 60 credits. The compulsory modules worth 30 credits are:
-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Health Research Methods (20 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 30 credits from the following:
-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-An Introduction to Multilevel Analysis (10 credits)
-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)
-Epidemiology (10 credits)
-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)
-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
-Health Economics (10 credits)
-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)

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The MSc Mental Health Research is suitable for graduates, trainees and professionals looking to acquire specialist knowledge in mental health and develop research skills, with a view to enhancing career progression. Read more

Overview

The MSc Mental Health Research is suitable for graduates, trainees and professionals looking to acquire specialist knowledge in mental health and develop research skills, with a view to enhancing career progression.

On our MSc Mental Health Research you will:

- Develop knowledge and understanding of all the main areas of mental health
- Learn how to design, conduct and write up a research project for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
- Be taught by international experts from across all the main disciplines of mental health
- Learn to critically appraise current research in the field of mental health
- Learn how to work with others from different disciplines, including science, healthcare and education

Course details

This is the first MSc Mental Health Research in the UK to cover a broad range of topics within the mental health field combined with a focus on developing research skills in this field.

The course can be completed on a full-time basis over one year or a part-time basis over two years.

The course consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a further 60 credits are devoted to a research project.

Students can opt to complete the diploma (120 credits of taught modules) or certificate (60 credits of taught modules) instead of the MSc.

Modules

Modules consist of a mix of taught sessions, practical workshops and seminars. Modules include:

- Models and Approaches in Mental Health
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Topics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Systematic Review of Treatment Effects in Schizophrenia
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Topics in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
- Ageing and Dementia
- Forensic Mental Health
- Research Project

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Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to delve deeper into your discipline with the . Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Read more

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to delve deeper into your discipline with the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. If you're a health care practitioner looking at developing a career in health research, this Master's research programme is for you.

Choose a research project in a health-related discipline that fits with the research expertise and profile of the School. The Master of Health Research can also be awarded with a specialisation in Nursing or Midwifery.

You'll focus on the practice of research and theory development in relation to health care and health outcomes. Your thesis report should demonstrate the generation and synthesis of knowledge and make a meaningful scholarly contribution to your area of interest.

To qualify for entry you'll need a Bachelor's degree with Honours or postgraduate qualification in a health-related discipline and significant relevant professional experience.

If you are applying to enrol in a specialisation (Nursing or Midwifery), you will also need professional registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand or Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

Workload

If you're studying full time, you can expect a workload of about 40 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20 hours of study a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.

Completion usually takes a year through full-time study and up to two years through part-time study.

How you'll study

You'll receive research guidance from an academic supervisor while you plan and implement your study. Our supervisors have expertise in a range of topic areas and research methods and they'll support you throughout your studies.

Meet and network with other Master’s and PhD students at our twice-yearly ‘research schools’. These are unique opportunities for you to discuss research issues and work with your peers and academic staff—as well as national and international visiting academics.

Study while you work

We'll make it easy for you to learn while you're working, helping you integrate academic life with work and family through our flexible delivery models that allow you to learn at home or on campus.



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Through the course you will study a wide range of topics such as philosophy of research, quantitative and qualitative research design, critical appraisal of published papers, questionnaire design, recording and analysing data, analytic research design, systematic reviews and writing and disseminating research. Read more

Through the course you will study a wide range of topics such as philosophy of research, quantitative and qualitative research design, critical appraisal of published papers, questionnaire design, recording and analysing data, analytic research design, systematic reviews and writing and disseminating research.

You’ll be taught by academics who are active researchers and experienced in delivering high quality and practically focused learning and teaching. Your fellow students will come from a range of health disciplines creating a lively and dynamic learning environment.

You’ll have access to University facilities, including the Health Sciences library, which provides computing facilities, a broad range of books and journals and a quiet environment for private study. 

Course content

PgCert

The Postgraduate Certificate is an introductory course in research skills and consists of four compulsory 15-credit modules. The certificate is offered twice yearly in September and February. Topics include the philosophy of research, quantitative and qualitative research design, critical appraisal of published papers, questionnaire design, recording and analysing data, analytic research design, systematic reviews and writing and disseminating research. 

PgDip

The Diploma builds on the introductory research skills you have gained through the Certificate. The choice of Diploma modules offer greater depth of study in particular aspects of research, for example, in qualitative research, in systematic reviews, in health economics and in statistics for health research. 

Learning and teaching

Effective and enjoyable learning about research skills involves activity: on this course you will find that there is extensive use of problem-based classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation.

You’ll have access to electronic copies of all the teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment and to the Library’s extensive collection of online journals.

Assessment

Assessments reflect teaching style and depend heavily on the assignments. They could typically involve completion of problem schedules and workbooks and critical appraisal of published research.

Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.

For the MSc You will submit your 10,000–12,000 word dissertation, which will be read and marked by two different examiners.

Career opportunities

Many of our successful participants work in the UK National Health Service or in universities associated with the NHS and its research projects. Graduates of this programme have gone on to research degrees, research fellowships, and research posts within the NHS and the university sector.



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