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Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods is aimed at those who want a thorough grounding in research design and appropriate methods for answering research questions. Students will gain knowledge and skills in identifying research questions, evaluating and critiquing published research in their field of interest, and designing research projects. Common data collection and analysis methods are a key focus of the course. It provides essential training and development to help professionals to develop their research capabilities and capacities, gain funding for their own research, or support others in understanding and undertaking research. Students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods are largely drawn from clinical professions or administrative positions within the NHS but the course is open to all who want to gain a better understanding of health and health services research.

Course structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods comprises of two modules:
-Quantitative Health Research Methods
-Qualitative Health Research Methods

Learning and Teaching

Each PG Certificate programme in The Integrated Health Sciences Suite comprises four taught modules. The modules are mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Typically lectures provide the key concepts and theories whilst tutorials and seminars allow students to work through application of concepts to practice in more detail promoting analysis of theory and reflection on its application. Dependent on the learning objectives of particular modules, case studies, role plays and simulation games are also cooperated to provide experiential based learning. The aim here is to assist students to arrive at new insights into the practical applications of theory. All taught modules also include an expectation that students will learn through structured reading thus obtaining greater familiarity with key texts and a deeper understanding of the subject knowledge generally. Within the seminar/tutorial format of the modules students are required to make oral presentations. These provide opportunities to develop oral and written skills in communicating clearly in an interprofessional manner.

The precise time allocation between lectures, seminars and tutorials is partially dependent on the student numbers in individual modules. Modules with smaller student numbers will tend towards greater reliance seminar formats than modules with larger student numbers (i.e. lecture formats in modules with small student numbers will be interspersed with more interactive and participative forms of learning). All taught modules within the Integrated Health Sciences Suite are taught over 10 weeks with a minimum of two hours of face-to-face contact per module per week. All modules within the master suite are research-based and the importance of research is emphasised in the additional face to face time given to the health research methods modules which are structured for three hours of direct teaching per week per module. Certain subject specific modules within the suite are structured for 2.5 hours of face-to-face teaching per week.

Throughout the programme, all students also have access to an academic adviser who will provide them with academic support and guidance. Typically a student will meet with their adviser two to three times a year.

Visit the Health Research Methods PCert page on the Durham University website for more details!





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