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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

Currently accepting applications

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 course is currently offered through a partnership with Kingston University, the Joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education. For students enrolling from 2022, the course will be delivered through a structure which is the sole responsibility of St George's, University of London, our Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education. There will be no impact on the teaching or the award of the degree. See further information.

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.

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

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

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.

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university, which specialises in healthcare education and is based on a hospital site, namely St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Laboratories

Our science laboratories are fully fitted with equipment for pharmacology, biological, chemistry, biomedical, molecular biology practicals. This includes microscopes, spectrophotometers, DNA amplifiers, organ baths and specialist glassware. We also have audio visual equipment installed, so that microscope images can be projected onto large screens.

Clinical skills facilities

You will learn the clinical skills you would need to take patients through clinical trials. Our clinical skills areas are set up as needed for students to develop clinical skills, such as the measurement of vital signs, phlebotomy and drug administration. We have a simulation suite and resuscitation facility where students can practice what to do if a clinical trial goes wrong or if someone collapses.

Dissection room

The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with at least one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. The University attracts a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff.

Personal tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone you will see weekly to ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email or our CANVAS (our intranet) discussion boards.

Academic link tutor

The Academic Link Tutor provides you with support on placement, acting as your link with the University and monitoring your achievement and assessment.

Mums and dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with almost any aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, careers, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain a rewarding and successful career. As well as general workshops on topics such as writing a CV and developing interview skills, the service works with careers tutors from each course area to ensure there are careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession. You will also be able to book a one-to-one appointment with a careers consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability. This might include investigating options and making career decisions, gaining advice and guidance on where to look for jobs, CV and application checking, or booking in for a practice interview.  

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

 

 

Clinical Research MRes Clin - full time application link

Clinical Research MRes Clin - part time application link

  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.

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study. 

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, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, 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 question page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

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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.

Course content

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

How the course is being delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses and the amount of contact with educational staff will remain in same. From September to December 2021 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.

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

For the new term (October – Dec 2021), we anticipate providing on campus teaching one day a week for at least half of the teaching term, and to have some online teaching with pre-recorded lectures and online seminars during the other weeks but this is subject to the government guidance at the time; in the event that we are asked to reduce on campus teaching, we will provide online teaching instead.

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. 

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 2022 (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 2021. Teaching from January 2022 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

Course length

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable students to progress through the programme and graduate without delay.

Assessments

We have developed online assessments so that these can go ahead regardless of whether students can attend site in the coming months.

The assessment tasks are not changing, but will be delivered online. The impact will be limited because, although the way in which the assessment is being delivered is different, the assessment tasks, the learning outcomes that are being tested and the assessment criteria are the same. The assessments are therefore consistent with the way they were intended to be delivered. 

The online assessments are also the same in terms of the challenges they present to students. The assessments are therefore consistent with the way they were intended to be delivered. 

In order to maintain an inclusive and equitable approach that recognises, for example, challenging domestic circumstances and poor home internet connections, we recognise that students will need to find an appropriate environment in which to take the assessment and make sure that they have IT equipment and a reliable internet connection. This may not be possible for all students.

Our aim is to lend equipment to students if their own facilities are inadequate. We are also allowing students to apply to take their exam on-campus using a networked computer or laptop with WIFI connectivity. Students can request assistance by contacting examonsite@sgul.ac.uk ideally 4 weeks before their exam if they think you will have difficulties meeting.

Through the process to agree changes to assessments, criteria were developed to ensure that they remained fair, valid and reliable and did not disadvantage any student.

Additional costs

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

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements will be 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 Microsoft Office 365 as part of the University’s institutional licence, and will be able to access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere.

In addition, we offer Microsoft Office for Mac via Office 365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote. Web-based Microsoft 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 through the university’s IT Hardship team.

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

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited.

We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  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.  

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, 4th year

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

Currently accepting applications

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