MSc Clinical Research

A qualification in Clinical Research will give you the tools and skills to realise your own personal and professional goals. The course is an exciting mix of modules that exposes you to multi-disciplinary health care approaches. It can also be tailored to your own specific needs and interests, ensuring that what you learn is most relevant to your career.

We will help you to develop the skills to conduct critical analysis of evidence that underpins healthcare, and to carry out in-depth qualitative and quantitative research relevant to your own practice. You will also be able to develop leadership qualities to help you deliver the best and most effective service, in whatever field of healthcare you operate.

This course may be taken on a full or part time basis. This course is an ideal vehicle as a precursor to undertaking a PhD.

Overview

Do you have an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge? Develop the skills to conduct critical analysis of evidence by studying clinical research. A qualification in clinical research will give you the tools and skills to realise your own personal and professional goals.

This course is for health professionals looking to develop the skills to conduct critical analysis of the evidence that underpins healthcare. It can be tailored to your own specific needs and interests, ensuring that what you learn is relevant to your career, whichever field you work in.

WHY CHOOSE CLINICAL RESEARCH AT UEA?

  • Inspirational teaching - Students have told us our courses are dynamic and fascinating. That’s because our approach is based on problem-solving, evidence-based learning. 
  • Practice opportunities - Placements are diverse and extends across health, social care and education environments. We are very proud of our innovative teaching methods and the passion and dedication of our staff will inspire you to be the best you can be. 
  • Supportive culture - Teaching groups are small, which encourages a close-knit student body and a supportive learning culture. You will be assigned your own personal mentor and qualified professional who will be there every step of the way to guide you through the course.
  • Interprofessional learning – You will learn alongside students from other health-related disciplines, exchanging knowledge, practice and ideas.
  • World Class Research – The teaching staff are continually involved in research (92% of our research in the School of Health Sciences is 'World-Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent', REF 2014) which means you will benefit from their knowledge of the very latest practices and techniques.

PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER IMPACT

You will gain the tools and skills to realise your professional goals and be competent executing in-depth qualitative and quantitative research relevant to your own practice. You will have developed leadership qualities to help you deliver the best and most effective service, whichever field you operate in, and be well placed to develop a successful clinical academic career.

The course is an ideal vehicle as a precursor to undertaking a PhD.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE

MED-7019D

20

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

MED-7021D

20

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

MED-7021E

20

RESEARCH DISSERTATION

The purpose of this module is to illustrate the depth of skills and knowledge that have been developed through the MSc programme. The skills to be developed 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 their research in a written format 3: apply their knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies to their own area of self-chosen content or subject material. All students will be encouraged to consider their dissertation work for publication either within the University or in refereed academic journals.

MED-7007X

60

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

The purpose of this module is to 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 to be developed further include being able to 1: gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2: 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.

MED-7014E

20

FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

The purpose of this module is to 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 to be developed further include being able to 1: gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2: 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.

MED-7014F

20

FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of quantitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, trial design and statistics, 2: begin to acquire a basic understand of the concept of systematic reviews and meta analysis.

MED-7013E

20

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

The module provides you with the opportunity to study aspects of clinical research in depth and to undertake an assignment which provides you with the flexibility of either developing a risk assessment and recruitment strategy for a research proposal or critically evaluating the ethics and governance arrangements that need to be considered within a given research proposal. Successful completion of this module attracts 20 credits at level 6 and level 7. This module is designed to better equip you for your current role as a clinical research practitioner by developing your current knowledge, skills and practice of clinical research. The 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 health care professionals working within clinical research through the provision of programmes that combine academic achievement and the further development of clinical skills. The aim of this module 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 NHS governance and legislative research structures.

HSC-7022E

20

FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

The purpose of this module is to 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 to be developed further include being able to 1: gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2: 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.

MED-7014E

20

FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

The purpose of this module is to 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 to be developed further include being able to 1: gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2: 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.

MED-7014F

20

FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of quantitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, trial design and statistics, 2: begin to acquire a basic understand of the concept of systematic reviews and meta analysis.

MED-7013E

20

HEALTH ECONOMICS

This module aims to equip students 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.

MED-7006D

20

STATISTICAL METHODS IN HEALTH RESEARCH

The purpose of this module is to build upon ideas introduced in the Introduction to Research Methods module and the Further Quantitative Research Methods module, the completion of which is necessary for entry to this course. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: increase students' depth and breadth of classical statistical techniques used in health research 2: introduce some newer ideas and outline some of the philosophies underlying certain statistical methodologies 3: apply basic statistical theory and the understanding of statistics in practice

MED-7012F

20

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, 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. Learning outcome: Provides students 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, students 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.

HSC-7057E

20

TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS FOR RESEARCH

At masters degree level the purpose of PGT research masters degrees are primarily to familiarise and prepare students for careers 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 students will focus on communicating the work they are undertaking and the rationale for it. Students 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 students will have: #Written lay and professional abstracts #Assembled a poster #Given a presentation #Prepared a grant application

MED-7024F

20

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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 2016/17 are: 

  • UK/EU Students: £7,150
  • International Students: £14,500

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.

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

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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.

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