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MSc Clinical Research

Course Description

About the course

Develop the practical skills required to plan and undertake clinical or health services research. The course takes one year full-time or two to five years part-time. There are two routes available; a standard route and NIHR route for Academic Clinical Fellows in Medicine and Dentistry.

Applicants may also apply using the CPD application process and start by registering for one or two modules and later transfer to a full masters programme.

Your career

We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand and improve health services: analytical skills, critical thinking and in-depth knowledge of your discipline. We offer postgraduate courses for health and social care professionals, managers and anyone planning a career in health services research.

Our graduates work in public health, the private sector, health services management, and health and social care, all over the world. They also go on to further public health training or academic research.

An international academic community

As one of the largest multi-disciplinary schools of public health and health services research in the UK, ScHARR is a rich academic community. You will be taught by world-leading experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. They include members of The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and offer international perspectives to all our courses.

Flexible study routes

We offer both traditional campus-based and online courses. Our high quality online courses are taught by the same expert academic staff who teach our courses in Sheffield and offer an alternative to coming to the UK. Guided by our staff, you can study at a pace that suits your personal circumstances. This can be an effective route for those who need to continue to work while they study. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also available.
You can also study individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). See the ScHARR web pages for details of available modules. For LBR and CPD information, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hsccpd


You’ll have 24/7 access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Core modules

Core modules are determined by the course route followed and may include: Randomised Controlled Trials; Introduction to Research Methods; Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Research; Clinical Research Practice or Practical Aspects of Clinical Research; Dissertation or Research placement and portfolio.

Examples of optional modules

Choices include: Promoting Evidence-Based Health Care; Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Techniques; Epidemiology; Public Health Informatics; Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers; Sociology of Health and Illness; Complex Evaluation Methods; Qualitative Research Design and Analysis; Health Care Financing and Economic Evaluation; Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation.

Please visit our website for a full module list.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, tutorials, online activities and workshops. Research skills training is in small groups and by distance learning. Assessment is by coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

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

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a clinical subject or equivalent professional qualification and experience. Standard route: open to all graduates from any relevant background. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) route: open to medical and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Training Fellows in the local NHS Deanery. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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