MSc Clinical Research NIHR


Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science



The MSc in Clinical Research NIHR is a first step on the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Pathway for non-medical healthcare professions. This pathway aims to develop clinical researchers who will lead the integration of research into the clinical environment. Successful students have the potential to move through the pathway to Senior Clinical Lectureship positions.

This MSc offers a fully funded studentship including salary replacement and course fees. Students are supported in their dissertations by research active members of the Faculty of Medicine and Health and are given opportunities to present their work at conferences and through publications. We are one of only 10 universities in the UK that delivers an NIHR funded MSc in Clinical Sciences.

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.

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, and is an ideal vehicle as a precursor to undertaking a PhD. 

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.

INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING

Renowned for its unique and distinctive interprofessional and interdisciplinary pre- and post- registration provision in the education and training of health professions, the School of Health Sciences delivers research-led and problem-based teaching that ensures graduates are fit for practice in the modern health and social care sector.

Students’ experiences and their learning environment are central to our learning and teaching strategy. Teaching is housed within award winning accommodation in the heart of the campus, and programmes have high staff-student ratios, with personal advisors providing individual professional, academic and pastoral support. Learning opportunities in practice are diverse and extend 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. 

Students have told us our courses are dynamic and fascinating. That’s because our approach is based on problem-solving, evidence-based learning. 

WHY CHOOSE CLINICAL RESEARCH AT UEA?

  • Interprofessional learning – You will learn alongside students from other health-related disciplines, exchanging knowledge, practice and ideas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NIHR Funded - We are one of only 10 universities in the UK that delivers an NIHR funded MSc in Clinical Sciences. 

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

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.

The closing date for receipt of complete applications is 30 April 2016.

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Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

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 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

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE

MED-7019D

20

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

MED-7021D

20

RESEARCH DISSERTATION

This module aims to allow students to illustrate the depth of knowledge that they have developed through the whole of their Masters in clinical Education and give students practical experience in conducting research. All students are encouraged to consider the dissertation work for publication, either through the University or in peer-reviewed academic journals. Students registering for the dissertation module will be obliged to conduct a study that directly relates to teaching and/or learning for the clinical practice setting. The research dissertation comprises a written submission of 15,000 words and it contributes 60 credits to the total of 180 required to obtain the MSc in Clinical Education. For the dissertation students have four options to choose from: systematic literature review, research using qualitative methods, research using qualitative methods, case study. The topic has to have a teaching and learning focus

HSC-7015X

60

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

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 2.1 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
  • Special Entry Requirements Current Prospective students should belong to a statutorialy registered profession, and have been working for a minimum of a year within the NHS in England

Fees and Funding

This is a fully funded studentship sponsored by Health Education England and the National Institute for Health Research.

Studentships cover the participants salary including 'on-costs' and academic fees.

The studentship has funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at UEA should be made directly to the University, via the online application form.

Please make sure that you choose Postgraduate Taught and MSc Clinical Research NIHR route when selecting your course.

The closing date for receipt of complete applications is 30 April 2016.

Further Information

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

For a discussion about the course, please contact Kathryn Mares: email k.mares@uea.ac.uk, telephone + 44 (0)1603 593099

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

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