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PGCert Clinical Audit and Research for Healthcare Professionals

Course Description

This course will equip you with the range of basic skills necessary to undertake research and audit activities within the healthcare sector. The programme has been specifically designed to address this vital educational need.

You can choose to study on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Why study Clinical Audit and Research for Healthcare at Dundee?

In recent years there has been a rapid growth in clinical audit and research to evaluate treatment interventions and improvement in patient care and any associated cost benefits. This has led to an increasing number of healthcare professionals being exposed, often for the first time, to clinical audit and research methods. This rapid growth has been recognised here at the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, which has an active and expanding Clinical Audit and Research Unit.

The Clinical Audit & Research Unit is a joint venture between Industry, Dundee Teaching Hospitals Trust and the University of Dundee. It is involved in a number of clinical audit projects relating to orthopaedics and provides clinical and statistical expertise in audit of process, project planning, data processing and trial control mechanisms.

The combination of expertise in postgraduate education delivered by open learning methods, coupled with an active research environment, has enabled us to develop a programme specifically tailored to deliver the skills needed by the healthcare profession to successfully undertake research and audit.

What you will study

Research and the Scientific Method
Information Gathering and Review
Descriptive Statistics
Statistical Inference
Non-parametric Statistical Inference
Reporting & Presentation
Implementing Clinical Audit
Funding Issues
Ethical Issues

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff from the department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery based in the School of Medicine.

The programme consists of nine learning units. These units may be studied individually so that you can choose to study the units you wish. Each unit requires approximately 100 notational hours of study.

If you successfully complete all the unit assignments, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate by the University of Dundee. You will be able to use this to demonstrate that you have undertaken the programme successfully.

How you will be taught

Learning Materials:
The programme is supplied in a presentation folder containing a student handbook and the nine units. The student handbook provides information about the structure, recommended reference materials and the tutor support system. For every unit there is a study guide that explains the objectives of that unit (what you will have learned by the end of the unit) and leads you through the learning material, section by section, using text, illustrations, activities, exercises and references to the recommended textbooks.

You monitor your own progress through the unit by completing the self-assessment questions, which are placed at regular intervals throughout the text, and checking your answers against those provided in the study guide. When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support.

Tutor Support:
When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support. Your tutor is available for direct contact by telephone at set times during the week, as specified in the module guide for each module. A telephone answering service is available after office hourse and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax. Tutor support is available for each module for a maximum period of three-months from the date you start the module.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment consists of self-assessment questions in the Study Guides. Summative assessment consists of a tutor-marked assignment at the end of each module. The exact nature of each assignment is designed to reflect the aim of the module. To qualify for the Certificate students will need to complete and pass the assignments in all nine modules undertaken.


This course is aimed at those who are already on an established career path and will improve opportunities for career progression and development.

Visit the PGCert Clinical Audit and Research for Healthcare Professionals page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Open to qualified health care professionals, holding a diploma or non-honours degree, and eligible for state registration with an appropriate body. English Language Requirement: IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5.

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