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Course content

Clinical Research Methods MSc is a funded programme for health professionals (not medical or dental), specifically designed to meet the requirements of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. The programme provides clinical research training, which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning understanding for research management positions in the NHS.

The programme is designed to be student-centred. You’ll be able to shape your learning to specific training needs and clinical settings through your choice of optional modules, focus of assessment and clinically-focused research dissertation.

You'll develop your learning and understanding of clinical research in a stimulating, multi-professional environment, alongside PhD scholars and Masters students. The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

More information

The bursary is only available to national applicants. There are limited places available i.e. fivefull-time and five part-time funded places. Each place is supported by abursary to meet the programme fees and full salary backfill to employing NHS organisations,as per a contract with Health Education England (HEE)/National Institute forHealth Research (NIHR).

The programme is also open to fee-paying applicants.

Course content

Compulsory modules give you a firm foundation in theoretical and applied research methods form a range of perspectives. The range of optional modules allows you to develop specific knowledge and skills to enhance your dissertation and your research skills after completion of the programme. The 12,000-word dissertation you produce towards the end of your studies, allows you to develop in-depth and applied clinical research knowledge and skills in an area of importance related to your clinical area. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Most modules are delivered as full-day blocks, allowing you to plan your time. We expect full-time students to study at least 37.5 hours per week and part-time students 18.5 hours, whether on or off campus.

Your academic supervisor will help you identify your academic training needs. You'll also be supported by your personal tutor. The programme leader is Dr Rebecca Randell

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Accrediting Learning from Study Days 15 credits
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Research Management 15 credits
  • Getting started in health research 15 credits
  • Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Research Methods MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Research Methods MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll typically learn through lectures, seminars, workbooks, tutorials, group work and self-directed study.

You’ll have access to contemporary University and School of Healthcare facilities.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a range of methods, depending on the module, including essays and other written assignments, presentations and problem-based workbooks. Your dissertation also contributes significantly to your overall assessment.

Career opportunities

The programme provides clinical research training which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning knowledge and skills for research management positions in the NHS.

Careers support

Towards the end of the programme guidance will be provided on how to apply for Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programmes provided by HEE/NIHR.

Support can be provided for excelling students who want to apply for a pre-doctoral fellowship. 


Visit the Clinical Research Methods MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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