MSc Clinical Research gives applicants the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to design, carry out and report a research study that is clinically applicable, scientifically sound and relevant to patients. Throughout the course you will be able to focus on a clinical area that interests you, making it relevant to what you do.
Clinical research is a fundamental part of providing evidence-based health and social care however, it is important that this research is based on areas of investigation that are of relevance to both clinicians and patients alike. This course has been designed to take you through the research process from formulating a suitable research question to designing the study and collecting appropriate data, and reporting the findings to different audiences. All of this will provide opportunities to work with academics and clinicians experienced in conducting clinical research.
There will be a strong focus on involving members of the public and patient groups in your research. As such, you will be given training on the different ways they can be involved throughout the whole process.
The work you will do as part of this course will provide opportunities for you to create research outputs (e.g. manuscripts for publication) to contribute to a portfolio of research experience suitable for applications related to future research study (e.g. NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship), or to further your career as part of a research team (e.g. research nurse).
Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2.
Experience or insight into related work/study/research is usually required.
Health professionals with non-traditional academic backgrounds can also be considered.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
Exploring Clinical Research Ideas: Formulating a research question is a crucial first step to any piece of research to be undertaken. This unit will guide you through the process of identifying and clarifying an area to focus your research efforts. You will discover some of the considerations important to the process.
Clinical Research Methods: This unit will provide an overview of different research methods used to address clinical research questions. It will cover aspects of research design and how they apply to the question being asked whether the approach is quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.
Systematic Review to Inform Clinical Practice: Having an understanding of the existing research literature allows you to place your research study in context. This unit will help you develop skills in searching for relevant research publications as well as extracting and synthesising data before interpreting and reporting findings in a systematic manner.
Public Involvement in Research: In this unit, you will explore and evaluate a range of models and approaches to public involvement in research from shaping your research agenda and through each stage of the research cycle. You will identify a strategy (what, why and how) that will best fit your proposal allowing you to gain an appreciation of how this collaboration can enhance your research.
Managing Clinical Research and Working with Data: This unit will expose you to a variety of quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods appropriate for different types of clinical research questions. You will also gain an understanding of the importance of managing datasets in line with research governance guidelines.
Developing a Study Proposal: The study proposal is the first stage in bringing together your previous training. In preparing your proposal, you’ll learn how to draw on evidence for identifying and putting together a research question and approaches to investigating it. You’ll also discuss issues related to the enquiry process.
Dissertation Project: You’ll draw on your previous learning and develop independent study and project management skills. The dissertation project will also help you develop specialist knowledge in an area related to your clinical interests.
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