The course has been designed to develop clinicians’ research skills and promote independent research skills in future principal investigators.
Education and training is provided in quantitative and qualitative research through classroom teaching, workshops, self-directed learning and the development of research skills. Students engage with a supervised research project at an early stage and are encouraged to develop autonomy in project design, management, governance and reporting. They are also expected to give presentations and publish their research work.
Key areas of study
Research methods and critical appraisal
Essential statistics for health and medical research
Clinical trials management
Advanced research skills
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.
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.
It is expected that they will present their studies at conference presentations and in appropriate professional journals.