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MSc Clinical Research Methods

Course Description

This is an exciting research based programme of study specifically designed for the NIHR to develop research skills and academic careers for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, launching in February 2013.

Why study this course?
MSc Clinical Research Methods is the starting point for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a career as a clinical academic combining research with clinical practice.

How will I benefit from this course?
The programme provides clinical research training – which can then be used as the basis for a career in research, whether working towards a PhD or to provide an understanding of clinical research to underpin managerial positions in the NHS.

A bespoke masters degree
The course has been designed to be student - centred, providing the opportunity to shape learning to specific training needs and clinical settings. This is through tailoring assessments in modules, with the opportunity to set personal curriculum in one of the compulsory modules and a clinically focused research dissertation.

Flexible delivery
The programme will be delivered part-time over two years and full-time, over one year and most modules are delivered as full-day blocks. This allows students the opportunity to plan timetables in order to meet the competing demands of clinical practice and academic studies.

Specialist support
All students studying on the MSc in Clinical Research Methods will be allocated an academic supervisor who will assist students in identifying their academic training needs. They will assist on their personal development, incorporating promotion of reflection utilising a Personal Development Profile.

Students will also be supported by the programme manager will be their Personal Tutor.
Online support
We have developed an on-line research methods self assessment package which students can access flexibly on or off-campus. This allows students to take ownership of their learning, in particular to revisit prior learning where needed and build on new learning using self-regulated learning styles.

The study experience
Students will work and study in a research environment rated as ‘World Leading’ in the RAE, * alongside existing PhD scholars and Masters students in a challenging multi- professional environment in which to develop their learning and understanding of clinical research.
The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare (SoH) and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS) with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

Programme structure
This 120 credit programme comprises 60 credits of compulsory modules providing a foundation level of knowledge and skills (see tables). Next students are required to choose either Evidence Based Practice or Innovation and Evaluation (both 30 credit modules) and another 2 modules (15 credits each) from a list of options.

Students can choose modules relevant to their area of clinical practice and future career ambitions. This provides a total of 120 credits from taught options. To gain the MSc students will also need to complete a 12,000 word research dissertation worth a further 60 credits.

University facilities
Students will be able to access a broad range of specialist facilities including the University medical Library, the Virtual Learning Environment, as well as the new Leaning Zone in the School of Healthcare and access to the award winning Student Union facilities. University life is rich and diverse with exhibitions, concerts and clubs to explore as part of your experience, as well as our state of the art fitness centre, The Edge.

Who is eligible for this course?
The list of eligible health professions for this degree are shown below.

Art Therapists
Chiropodists / Podiatrists
Diagnostic Radiographers
Drama Therapists
Music Therapists
Occupational Therapists
Speech & Language Therapists
Therapeutic Radiographers.

International Students
Please note that although the MClinRes is open to international applicants, the bursaries are only open to national applicants, as they are provided by a National Institute for Health Research scheme.

Visit the MSc Clinical Research Methods page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

• At least 1 year’s experience of clinical practice, post graduation.• Relevant first degree (minimum 2.1)AND• Current registration in nursing, midwifery or allied health fields. AND• Professional engagement with current practice development or research and innovation, assessed via interview.• British Council IELTS - overall score of 6.5 minimum 6.0 • TOEFL iBT - overall score of 94 with the reading and speaking element minimum 23, listening element minimum 21 and the writing element minimum 24.• Exceptional applicants not meeting the criteria may be considered Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures.

Course Fees

/£10,000 -Bursaries will only be availably subject to re-approval from NIHR for the 2015 cohort

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