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.
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.
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.