MSc Clinical Research

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Without clinical research there would be no clinical foresight: no way of understanding the safety and efficacy of a drug or procedure before its use.

Tailored to your needs and interests, our Clinical Research programme will equip you with the tools and knowledge to help you achieve your professional goals. You’ll develop the skills to conduct critical analysis of evidence, and to carry out in-depth qualitative and quantitative research. You’ll acquire the leadership qualities that will help you deliver the best and most effective service. And our inter-professional approach means that you’ll be learning with students from related disciplines, giving you a unique insight into their roles and ideas.

You’ll achieve all of this on a course that’s both dynamic and fascinating, solving problems in small groups with inspirational teachers using their own cutting-edge research. And your learning will take place within a close-knit student body with a highly supportive culture.

Overview

Our MSc in Clinical Research can be tailored to your specific needs, ensuring you walk away with skills and knowledge that are relevant to your chosen career. Through our exciting mix of multi-disciplinary modules, you’ll also benefit from exposure to students from the related heath and social care professions, with whom you will be able to share practice, knowledge and ideas.

You’ll be taught in small groups using problem-solving and evidence-based techniques – a stimulating and exciting way to learn. During your time with us we’ll help you develop the skills to conduct critical analysis of the evidence that underpins healthcare as we know it, and to carry out in-depth qualitative and quantitative research relevant to your own practice. We’ll also give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of an extensive range of research methodologies, all appropriate and relevant to developing your clinical research career.

You will be assigned your own personal mentor – a qualified professional in the field – who will be there every step of the way to guide you through the course. And, based at the School of Health Science, you’ll benefit from being taught by a team of world-leading experts. In fact, 92% of our overall in allied health professions and nursing was assessed as 'World-leading' or 'Internationally Excellent' (REF 2014).

You can complete the course on a full or part time basis, and it’s ideal if you’re also thinking of going on to a PhD.

Course Structure

Our Master’s programme can be completed in one year full-time or over three years part-time. Within it you can opt to take one of two routes: the Clinical Research Pathway or, for medical applicants who meet the criteria for NIHR-funding, the Academic Clinical Fellowship pathway. Both routes feature the same taught modules.

The course features three compulsory modules, including either our module in further quantitative research or in further qualitative research. You’ll also select three optional modules to meet your professional interests.

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to both qualitative and quantitative research design and method issues, enabling you to become a critical consumer of research, which will prove essential in your role as a clinical supervisor or educator.

Introduction to Research Ethics and Governance (20 credits)

This module will provide you with an overview of research ethics and research governance. Among other things, it will enable you to understand the different governance frameworks – and the ethical implications of any research you have planned.

Option A: Further Quantitative Research methods (20 credits)

This module will build on the quantitative methods and critical appraisal skills covered in ‘Introduction to Research Methods’. Through it you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to plan, design and conduct quantitative studies, as well as for data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Option B: Further Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

This module will build on the qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills covered in ‘Introduction to Research Methods’. Through it you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to plan, design and conduct qualitative studies, as well as for data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Optional modules

Optional modules may vary, but this is a typical selection of those on offer:

Health Economics (20 credits)

An introduction to the approach, concepts and models used by economists in addressing issues in health, public health and health care. 

Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis (20 credits)

Systematic review findings are being increasingly used by health policy makers, clinicians and patients to enable decision-making. They’re also being used to examine available evidence to develop new research and to interpret findings from primary studies.

Transferable skills for Research (20 credits)

Clinical researchers need to communicate effectively, both written and orally, to a variety of audiences.

In this module you’ll focus on communicating the work you are doing and the rationale for it.

Foundations in Clinical Research (20 credits)

Designed for practitioners working within clinical research, this module will develop your knowledge and skills to plan, implement and conduct clinical research.

Research Dissertation (60 credits)

The research dissertation is a compulsory element of your Master’s qualification. It will enable you to demonstrate the depth of skills and knowledge that you’ve acquired through the MSc programme.

In order to attain your Master’s qualification, you will need to gain 180 credits in total, 60 of which will come from your Master’s dissertation. However, we also offer exit opportunities of a Postgraduate Certificate after one year of study with 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma after two years with 120 credits.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Our teaching will combine lectures, seminars and tutorials. We will encourage small group work, so that you benefit from peer-to-peer learning. And we will also provide you with practical teaching sessions to support your use of statistical software.

You will be allocated a personal advisor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support, and a dissertation supervisor who will be specially chosen to support you as you write your Master’s thesis.

Independent study

Students are expected to carry out independent study as part of each module.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of methods including exams and extended essays, as well as your Master’s thesis.

After the course

As a student on this course you are most likely already employed within the health and social care sector. This course will arm you with the in-depth skills in qualitative and quantitative research you need to further your career and achieve your professional goals.

Whichever field you operate in, you will also leadership qualities to help you deliverthe best and most effective service. And also you’ll be well placed to pursue a successful clinical academic career, as this programme is an ideal precursor to a PhD.

Past graduates of this course have gone on to lead service improvement and local clinical research projects in their places of work. Some students have also been inspired to move into research posts within the health and social care sector.

Career destinations

  • Health leadership roles
  • Social care leadership roles
  • Researcher
  • Academic

Course related costs

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Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE

This module gives an overview of research ethics and research governance. It will enable the students to understand the research governance frameworks and it will help them to understand the ethical implications of their planned research. In addition, it will help the students to write participant information sheets (PIS), informed consent forms, and lay summaries of their protocols. It will also address crucial issues for successful funding applications such as patient and public involvement (PPI).

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INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

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INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

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RESEARCH DISSERTATION

The purpose of this module is to illustrate the depth of skills and knowledge that you have developed through the MSc programme. The skills you will develop further include being able to; 1.Gain practical experience in conducting research in an area of self-chosen content or subject material. 2.Gain practical experience of presenting your research in a written format. 3.Apply your knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies to your own area of self-chosen content or subject material. You will be encouraged to consider your dissertation work for publication either within the University or in refereed academic journals.

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students must successfully complete one 20 credit module from Option Range A

Name Code Credits

FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

You'll build on the coverage of qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills you'll develop further include being able to gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies, negotiate and acquire the practical skills needed in the planning and design, the data collection, the data analysis, and the data interpretation of a qualitative study.

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FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

You'll build on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to your knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. You'll also take part in practical sessions where you'll apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse data sets.

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Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students must complete three 20 credit modules from Option Range B to gain 60 credits

Name Code Credits

FOUNDATIONS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH: KNOWLEDGE SKILL AND PRACTICE

You will have the opportunity to study aspects of clinical research in depth and to undertake an assignment. The assignment will provide you with the ability to critically and comprehensively evaluate the ethics and governance arrangements that need to be considered when submitting a protocol, when making amendments and when handling safety reporting and end of study reporting. Successful completion of this module attracts 20 credits at level 7. This module has been developed in response to current imperatives to double the number of patients taking part in clinical trials and other well designed research studies over the next five years. Consequently, there is a need to offer opportunities for training for practitioners working within clinical research through the provision of programmes that combine academic achievement and the further development of clinical skills. The aim is to contribute to your career development by offering a flexible module that provides you with the necessary research skills to plan, implement and conduct clinical research within current UK governance and legislative research structures.

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FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

You'll build on the coverage of qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills you'll develop further include being able to gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies, negotiate and acquire the practical skills needed in the planning and design, the data collection, the data analysis, and the data interpretation of a qualitative study.

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FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

You'll build on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to your knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. You'll also take part in practical sessions where you'll apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse data sets.

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HEALTH ECONOMICS

This module aims to equip you with an understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. It is suitable for students with and without an economics background as the course covers fundamental economic principles and their application to health care. These will include concepts of opportunity cost, supply and demand and efficiency. The module uses these principles to explore relevant topics in health and healthcare. The following topics are covered. The use of economic evaluation of health care interventions using techniques such as cost effectiveness analysis and cost benefit analysis. The application of economic principles to system level health policy issues such as health care priority setting, alternative models of health care financing and organisation, and equity and inequalities in health. There are also sessions of the determinants of and consequences of health and also the economics of health behaviour.

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SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS AND RESEARCH SYNTHESIS

Findings from systematic reviews have been increasingly used by health policy makers, clinicians and patients for making decisions. A systematic review of available evidence is also often required for developing new research, and for interpreting findings from a primary study. The module will include the following contents: 1.Introduction, framing questions and inclusion/exclusion criteria 2.Sources of evidence and literature search strategy 3.Data extraction and validity assessment 4.Synthesizing evidence from qualitative studies 5.Synthesizing evidence from quantitative studies 6.Quality of systematic reviews and overview of reviews 7.Recent development in research synthesis methods 8.Systematic review protocol. The learning outcome will provide you with the skills and understanding to appraise and interpret published systematic reviews, to develop a protocol and undertake a systematic review. By the end of the module, you will be able to: #Frame questions appropriate for a systematic review #Design an appropriate literature search strategy #Assess the relevance and quality of primary studies #Qualitatively and quantitatively synthesize data from primary studies #Appropriately interpret findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis #Understand common pitfalls in systematic reviews and meta-analysis #Become familiar with recent method research relevant to systematic reviews.

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TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS FOR RESEARCH

At Master's degree level, the purpose of postgraduate taught research Master's degrees are primarily to familiarise and prepare you for a career with significant but diverse research components. This course meets the central need of all Clinical Researchers to communicate effectively in formats that are either written or oral and to a variety of audiences from their peers as researchers to members of the public. In this module, you will focus on communicating the work you are undertaking and the rationale for it. You will consider writing for peers and for the public, preparing abstracts, posters, papers and grant applications and giving oral presentations. By the end of the module you will have: -Written lay and professional abstracts -Assembled a poster -Given a presentation -Prepared a grant application.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A health care profession
  • Degree Classification 2.2 or equivalent
  • Alternative Qualifications The University will also consider applications from applicants with current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 68 (minimum 68 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2018/19 are: 

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.

Scholarships

50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2017 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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