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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2021

This course is internationally recognised and will enable you to promote and drive change within clinical practice and develop a clinical academic career. The course is suitable for nurses, midwives, pharmacists, allied health professionals, doctors, dentists and health scientists.

This programme is awarded by St George's, University of London and delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's.

Find out more by downloading the fact sheet (PDF) or watching the Clinical Research Course Talk 2020.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Upcoming event: 

On 3 February we will be hosting a virtual Postgraduate Open Evening for prospective students. Find out more.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Highlights

  • Based in Universities and Faculty with a strong research infrastructure and demonstrable research track record.

  • Support to develop your clinical academic career 

  • Shared campus with St George's, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK

  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s, University of London

  • Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside all other MRes postgraduate courses, clinical and academic staff and researchers

  • Interaction with researchers working at the cutting edge of specific areas of applied clinical research 

  • Access to the postgraduate learning centre

  • Development of a broad range of transferable skills

Fees and funding

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Funding your study

If you are an NHS nurse, midwife or AHP you may be eligible to apply for an NIHR PCAF award, and request funding for your postgraduate training as part of this; contact us to discuss further.

Find out more about fees and funding.

Tuition fees

2021 UK/EU Entry
  • Full-time MRes Clin: £8,750

  • Part-time MRes Clin: £4,750 per annum

  • Part-time MRes Clin: (Entry with completed PG Cert in Healthcare Research Skills and Methods) £5,500

2020 Non-EU (International) Entry:
  • Full-time MRes Clin: £16,000

  • Part-time MRes Clin (two years): £8,250 per annum

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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Technology requirements

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To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references.
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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare. 

Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered and we encourage you to apply.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk

English language requirements

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 1 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

We operate a modular system for this course which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation - a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

The course builds on your existing research skills and introduces you to contemporary professional research practices employed within healthcare. It aims to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to be a scientific researcher in clinical practice. You will develop a range of transferable and applied research skills that will enable you to plan, manage and independently undertake research.

You will undertake a clinical research project and be supported by an academic supervisor, as well as a clinical mentor from your own organisation.

Modules

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Research methods (15 credits)

This module starts by looking at a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research study designs and approaches and their advantages and disadvantages. There is a strong emphasis on good research practice, designing studies using tools and approaches to minimise bias and maximise scientific rigour.

Critical appraisal (15 credits)

This module teaches you how to critically appraise research literature relevant to your field of study. Given the practical nature of this very important research skill it is taught through interactive seminars where students are encouraged and supported to develop their appraisal skills.

Applied research in clinical practice (15 credits)

This module enables you to develop a professional identity as a clinical academic and improve your capacity to fulfill the role and effectively undertake, direct and support research focused activities within your own area of professional practice.

Research project on a topic related to clinical practice (105 credits)

This module provides you with the experience of utilising all principles of research design to understand a health and / or social care question. You will understand how to undertake an individual research project within a particular specialist area. The module offers you the opportunity to use a combination of general and specialist research design for Health and Social Care Sciences, and to contribute and extend the theoretical understanding of new and advancing knowledge and its application to a relevant field of study.

Statistics

The Statistics Module is delivered by lectures and group discussions, and supplemented by self-directed learning. You are assessed by a written assessment. Students registered on the Data Analysis module attend the first six lectures, and the learning objectives for these lectures constitute the curriculum for the quantitative component for that module.

Practical Data Analysis (15 credits)

This module takes the first six lectures from the Statistics Module as a theoretical basis for the first 1-6 data analysis practical tutorials.  Tutorials 7-11 will be based on qualitative data analysis. The tutorials will be focussing on quantitative as well as qualitative analytical methods and their underlying assumptions using prepared data sets.

Implementation and Improvement Science (15 credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to this relatively new and expanding science that has grown from national and international ambition to bring about quality improvements and enhance patient safety by closing the theory practice-gap, encouraging more effective use of research evidence within practice.

Negotiated Independent Learning (15 credits)

This module is an independent learning module that is available health and social care practitioners regardless of professional discipline. In consultation with the module leader you will identify a particular topic that is of interest to you or pertinent to your practice or clinical role. This negotiated specified area of learning forms the foundation of the module; you will address each learning outcome in relation to your specified area of learning. You will be expected to complete this module within a period of six months.

Modes of study

Monday and Thursday are both usually compulsory teaching days for both full and part time students throughout the first year.

Full time study - yearly breakdown

  • First week Induction up to five days attendance compulsory

  • Two teaching days - usually Monday and Thursday (may be online during Term 1)

  • Three days allocated for tutor led and self-directed study

  • Several periods of self-managed time

  • Five module assessments and dissertation to complete during the year.

Part time study - yearly breakdown

  • First week induction/enrolment up to five days compulsory attendance 

  • Two teaching days - usually Monday and Thursday in first year (may be online during Term 1)

  • Three days allocated for employment

  • Several periods of self-managed time

  • Placement experience of research roles and practice, service improvement and innovation

  • Minimal contact in second year

  • Three module assessments to be complete in the first year

  • Two module assessments and dissertation to complete in the second year.

Part time study/entry with PG Cert in Healthcare Research Skills and Methods - yearly breakdown

  • First week induction/enrolment up to five days compulsory attendance 

  • Two teaching days - usually Monday and Thursday in first year (may be online during Term 1)

  • Three days allocated for employment

  • Several periods of self-managed time

  • Minimal contact in second year

  • One module assessments to be complete in the first year

  • Dissertation to complete in the second year.

The opportunity exists to publish your research on the Kingston University Research and Innovation Reports website, which is permanently available to the academic community.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including lectures, student-led seminars, group work, problem-based learning, practical workshops, tutor-led study and self-directed study.

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Teaching and learning methods

You will learn in an interprofessional setting, working alongside clinical and academic staff, researchers and other students familiar with health and social care and health science environments.

Student support is a central feature of the programme and is provided in multiple ways:

  • virtual learning environment, containing supplementary materials

  • academic and pastoral support from a research supervisor and clinical mentor

  • regular structured feedback from your clinical mentor and academic supervisor

  • peer assisted learning

  • specific workshops on skill development, such as giving presentations

  • support in managing transition into education and back into practice

  • access to a range of student welfare support services.

By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specific area of applied clinical research relevant to your own area of professional clinical practice.

You will also be able to:

  • show in-depth understanding of research theory, processes and principles associate with good clinical practice research

  • critically evaluate, select and apply appropriate research methods and data analysis techniques to investigate clinical research problems

  • synthesise information from a variety of sources and interpret data accurately

  • critically appraise published research, using appropriate techniques, and appreciate the significance of published research for professional practice, patient care, healthcare policy and future research

  • independently plan and manage an innovative piece of research in compliance with research ethics, legislative frameworks and governance procedures

  • effectively use a range of computer packages in order to successfully communicate acquired knowledge and the results of research, both written and orally to a range of audiences

  • effectively be able to network, support less experienced colleagues, prepare for competitive grant applications and doctoral fellowships

  • appreciate the broad role of the clinical academic-researcher within the current context of health and social care

  • collaboratively engage with others in the process of investigative enquiry, and demonstrate awareness of resources and networks that can be accessed in order to support research focused activity and promote a research culture

  • generate research questions, design and test data collection approaches and interpret results within a scientific framework.

Assessment methods

Progress throughout the course is assessed through a range of methods, including:

  • research protocol

  • oral and poster presentations

  • written examinations

  • critiques

  • reflective reports

  • dissertation.

Following the course, you will be prepared for a clinical academic career and for further study at doctoral level.

You will develop the skills and understanding to confidently participate in the academic community through discussion and debate, adopt an evidence-based approach to practice, present at clinical meetings and conferences, and publish your work in relevant clinical journals.

An alumni network group continues to support graduates in their developing academic clinical career to build interprofessional networks for future collaboration. Research experts help your continued development with support to publish and develop doctoral fellowship bids.

Applications are now only accepted online and to apply for this course you must complete all sections of the form. 

If you have a word document application form, please be aware that this is now being replaced by our new online application process.

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How to apply

  1. Click on the apply link above. 
  2. Download and complete the personal statement form below. You will then be redirected to our online application system, where you can create an account.

  3. After creating an account, follow the instructions to complete the application form and upload your Personal Statement Form and any relevant documents (you can save a partly completed form and return to it later).

  4. Add pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to your email address book, to ensure you don't miss any important email alerts or notifications from us.

  5. Submit and then track your application.

Personal statement

Please download and complete the personal statement form before uploading it to the ‘Personal Statement’ section of your online application. 

You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete this form. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

References

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach your our without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Clinical Research MRes programme.

Supporting vulnerable students

This programme recruits healthcare professionals who may find study leave cancelled due to clinical requirements. This is especially true during pandemics such as Covid-19. The programme has offered, and will continue to offer, assignment extensions, mitigation, interruptions of study (where needed) and pastoral support as required.

In general, students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.  

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.   

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Our modules will employ a blend of live sessions and pre-recorded sessions with tailored supporting activities.

The course curriculum is provided via three options – part-time (across two years), full-time (one year) or part-time with advanced standing (for students who have completed a PG Cert in Healthcare Research Skills and Methods, including Research Methods, Statistics/Data Analysis, Critical Appraisal and Negotiated Independent Learning/Implementation and Improvement Science.

Statistics (MRDM012X) usually has a classroom based exam in February; this may be changed to an online exam in February 2021 (and possibly thereafter) if guidance at the time is that students and staff should not attend campus.

MRes students (FT and PT) take a series of modules from the Common Postgraduate Framework. In addition, FT students take Applied Research and the Research Project module. Part-time students and students with advanced standing submit assignments for these two in the second year of their studies.

All these modules can be taught online, and we are making plans to deliver our teaching and assignment support online between October – December 2020. Teaching from January 2021 onwards may be online only or blended, depending on the advice provided by the University in relation to campus attendance and social distancing requirements. In the event that we are asked to continue to teach online, we are confident that we can do this with a mixture of ‘live’ and pre-recorded/asynchronous learning activities and resources, and that students will be able to experience group based learning as well as lectures and seminars. Our assignments are already all submitted online (with the exception of statistics – mentioned above), and this will continue as normal.

We will offer live sessions during induction, and pathway-specific briefing and Q&A sessions for assessments.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses we will delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on site due to a health reason, you must let us know by start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to graduate without delay.

Current students

Some students have responded to Covid-19 changes in their professional practice by requesting extensions to assignments or entering into an interruption period, and consequently some will been enrolled for longer than planned. Where necessary, we have (and will in the future) applied for permission to extend the maximum period of registrations for students affected by Covid-19.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include written coursework, oral and poster presentations, and one exam (statistics).

We expect to deliver all our assessments as planned, other than the change to setting for the statistics exam mentioned above – this may be online rather than classroom-based.

Award

No changes.

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

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