MSc Clinical Research (Part Time)


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science



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 health care, 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 health care you operate.

This course may be taken on a full or part time basis. This course could lead to 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 an MSc, and could lead to a PhD.

Please note for part time students teaching is normally held on one morning or afternoon a week during semester time but this may be subject to change – a course timetable will be included with your joining instructions.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for credits:

Name Code Credits

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

MED-7021D

20

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

MED-7021E

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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

This course builds on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. Students will also take part in practical sessions where they will apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse datasets.

MED-7013E

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

CLINICAL PATHWAY: MED-7013E Further Quantitative Research Methods, MED-7014E Further Qualitative Research Methods, MED-7006D Health Economics, HSC-7057E Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis, MED-7024F Transferrable Skills for Research, HSC-7022E Foundations in Clinical Research HEALTH PATHWAY (for academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs only): MED-7013E Further Quantitative Research Methods, MED-7014E Further Qualitative Research Methods, HSC-7057E Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis, MED-7024F Transferrable Skills for Research

Name Code Credits

FOUNDATIONS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH: KNOWLEDGE SKILL AND PRACTICE

On this module you will study aspects of clinical research in depth and undertake an assignment that will develop your ability to critically and comprehensively evaluate the ethics and governance arrangements that need to be considered when: submitting a protocol; making amendments; handling safety reporting and end of study reporting. Current imperatives to double the number of patients taking part in clinical trials and other well-designed research studies over the next five years mean that there is a need to offer training opportunities to practitioners working in clinical research via programmes that combine academic achievement and the further development of clinical skills. This flexible module will contribute to your career development by providing you with the research skills to plan, implement and conduct clinical research within current UK 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 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

This course builds on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. Students will also take part in practical sessions where they will apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse datasets.

MED-7013E

20

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, efficiency and equity. The module uses these principles to explore relevant topics in health and healthcare. The following topics are covered: * 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. * Inequity and inequalities in health and healthcare. * The use of economic evaluation of health care interventions using techniques such as cost effectiveness analysis and cost benefit analysis. * the determinants and consequences of health, and the economics of health behaviour.

MED-7006D

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 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.

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

Students must study the following modules for 20 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).

MED-7019D

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

CLINICAL PATHWAY: MED-7013E Further Quantitative Research Methods, MED-7014E Further Qualitative Research Methods, MED-7006D Health Economics, HSC-7057E Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis, MED-7024F Transferrable Skills for Research, HSC-7022E Foundations in Clinical Research HEALTH PATHWAY (for academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs only): MED-7013E Further Quantitative Research Methods, MED-7014E Further Qualitative Research Methods, HSC-7057E Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis, MED-7024F Transferrable Skills for Research

Name Code Credits

FOUNDATIONS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH: KNOWLEDGE SKILL AND PRACTICE

On this module you will study aspects of clinical research in depth and undertake an assignment that will develop your ability to critically and comprehensively evaluate the ethics and governance arrangements that need to be considered when: submitting a protocol; making amendments; handling safety reporting and end of study reporting. Current imperatives to double the number of patients taking part in clinical trials and other well-designed research studies over the next five years mean that there is a need to offer training opportunities to practitioners working in clinical research via programmes that combine academic achievement and the further development of clinical skills. This flexible module will contribute to your career development by providing you with the research skills to plan, implement and conduct clinical research within current UK 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 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

This course builds on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. Students will also take part in practical sessions where they will apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse datasets.

MED-7013E

20

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, efficiency and equity. The module uses these principles to explore relevant topics in health and healthcare. The following topics are covered: * 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. * Inequity and inequalities in health and healthcare. * The use of economic evaluation of health care interventions using techniques such as cost effectiveness analysis and cost benefit analysis. * the determinants and consequences of health, and the economics of health behaviour.

MED-7006D

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 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.

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

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

RESEARCH DISSERTATION

This module aims to allow students to illustrate the depth of knowledge that they have developed through the whole of their Master of 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 of 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-7017X

60

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.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A Health Care profession
  • Degree Classification Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent

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. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 65 (minimum 65 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850 (full time)
  • International Students: £16,400 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be charged as half the annual fee in each of the first two years. Students can also pay a pro-rata fee for each module studied (only available for UK/EU students).

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

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

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 2019 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 2019. 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.

To apply please use our online 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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