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Course content

This course has been designed to develop future research leaders who are able to complete a PhD, conduct independent research and be future principal investigators.

It is aimed at doctors, academic clinical trainees and other researchers across a range of fields. Robust education and training is provided in quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis methods.

Learning beyond the classroom comprises scientific, clinical and research reading as well as the practical development and application of research skills. Students will engage with a research project at a very early stage and will gain autonomy in research project management and governance. There is an opportunity to learn through teaching on the chosen topic, particularly if the research topic focuses on education. A series of Research Skills workshops is provided to further develop students’ research abilities.

KEY AREAS OF STUDY

• Research methods and critical appraisal
• Essential statistics for health and medical research
• Evidence-based practice
• Clinical trials management
• Advanced research skills
• Epidemiology

COURSE STRUCTURE

Modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader. In addition there is a 16,000 word dissertation and 3,000 word draft paper for publication.

PG Cert:

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
MDM66 Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)

PLUS

MDM34 Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)

OR

MDM112 Clinical Trials Management (20 credits)

MRes:

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
MDM66 Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)

PLUS two of the following modules:

MDM34 Evidence-Based Practice (20 credits)
MDM112 Clinical Trials Management (20 credits)
MDM141 Advanced Research Skills (20 credits)
MDM12 Epidemiology (20 credits)

PLUS

MDM100 Research Dissertation (100 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The course is a stepping stone to PhD studies and collaborative or independent research in the future. Course graduates will be research-literate, research-skilled and equipped to be research-active in their careers.

Visit the Medical Research MRes, PGcert page on the Brighton & Sussex Medical School website for more details!

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