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Nursing in Clinical Research MN(T)


Course Description

Research profile

This innovative, new masters degree provides you with not only core theoretical courses in research but also a placement-based experience of research in practice, within both a multi-professional research environment and a specific, nursing research setting.

The research focus is supported by a wide choice of courses that support your professional, personal and career development. Funding support for eligible candidates may be available from the Scottish Government Chief Nursing Officer Directorate.

Successful graduates from this programme will be equipped to deploy research and use its findings, and be primed for leadership roles.

The research practice attachments are central to this programme. These placements allow you to acquire knowledge and applied understanding of the research processes and procedures that constitute good clinical practice.

You will gain experience from the range of research activities; from establishing a research team, writing proposals and addressing ethical issues to data collection, report writing and presentation.

Students will be supported at all times by a research, practice-based mentor and an allocated University-based supervisor.

You will study through a combination of face-to-face, online and practice-based learning.

Compulsory courses:

Research in Nursing and Healthcare A & B
Clinical Research Practice Attachment
Nursing Research Practice Attachment

Option courses must include at least one of:

Clinical Decision Making & Professional Judgement
Leadership: Exploring Your Potential

You can also choose from a range of courses that may include:

Current Issues in Health and Illness Research
Ethical and Political Issues in Social Research
Global Public Health
Issues and Development in the Management of Pain
Ethics in Healthcare
Speaking and Listening to Children
Conducting Interviews.

The programme is completed by Dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the programme will:

be competent effective early career research nurses
have the ability to work as a co-applicant on research grant proposals
have the ability to function effectively as an early CARC member of a research team
have the ability to use research to influence their own clinical practice and that of others whether to pursue a clinically based career or a research nurse career
have the ability to deploy research and use its findings to advance an understanding of patient need, advance nursing practice and develop health care services
be primed for leadership development in nursing research

Training and support

Teaching approaches and methods across the programme include face-to-face, online, blended learning and facilitated tutorial sessions. Following the principles of adult learning, the research practice attachments provide supervised experiential learning, which will include key elements of planned research learning opportunities, informed interventions, interactional shadowing of team members, briefing, debriefing, feedback and reflection. Critical thinking to develop research skills and capability is fostered by the collaborative exchange of experience and ideas, shared thinking and personal exploration towards independent research development and commitment to lifelong learning.

The courses in this programme are both face-to-face and online. Courses are taught through a combination of teaching methods, directed self-study, independent study, reflection and online working using a range of technologies. Students will have full access to the University of Edinburgh digital library collections.

The research practice attachments are core courses for the MN in Clinical Research. The placements allow the students to acquire knowledge and applied understanding of the research processes and procedures that constitute good clinical practice and experience this in both clinical research in general and that directly related to the practice of nursing and nurse led. This may be gained from a wide range of settings: hospital based, University based, community based or in the voluntary sector. Students will gain experience from the range of research activities, from establishing a research team, developing ideas and writing proposals addressing funding and ethical issues to data collection and analysis, report writing and presentation.

Students will be supported at all times by a research practice based mentor and allocated a University based supervisor.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be competent, effective, early career research nurses. You will be able to work as a co-applicant on research grant proposals, use research in your own clinical practice and influence that of others, deploy research and use its findings to advance an understanding of patient need, and will be primed for leadership development in nursing research.

Visit the Nursing in Clinical Research MN(T) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have: a recently obtained UK 2:1 degree in nursing, or its international equivalent; an identified strong undergraduate research profile; a detailed personal statement written against specific guidance. Lower qualifications may be considered at the discretion of the Programme Director.

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