Taught course

Masters in Clinical Research

Institution
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree in nursing, midwifery or allied health subject. Candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience will also be considered. International: Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English language. Acceptable evidence is an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with individual component scores of at least 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Within the health and care professions, the demand for evidence-based practice has led to an increasing need for high quality research to underpin practice. A Masters in Clinical Research will provide graduates with the education and training necessary in order to plan and undertake health-related, or clinically based research.

This new, multi-disciplinary, programme aims to provide a broad, foundational research training for nurses, midwives and other health and care professionals who wish to develop careers in clinical or academic research as well as those who may wish to continue on to doctoral studies. The programme will focus on preparing students to undertake projects relevant to their practice through the development of skills and knowledge in research methodologies, project management, research governance and evidence based practice.


Module Spotlight

Research Project
The unique feature of this Masters programme is the 120 credit research project. Compared with other masters-level programmes, this project is twice as long, giving student the opportunity to explore a topic in depth, relevant to their area of expertise. It is expected that, in most cases, the student will undertake a research project based in their workplace. The student will be guided by an individual research supervisor through the research process from the initial development of the research questions, applying for ethical approval, carrying out the project and writing up the results. At the end of the project, the student will submit their research findings in the form of a research article

Information for international students

International: Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English language. Acceptable evidence is an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with individual component scores of at least 6.0. Funding Information for International Students: Visit the International section of the website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1,160 per 30 credit module
International students
£1,750 for the research project module

Home - part-time: £1160 per 30 credit module

International - full-time dissertation: £1750 for the research project module

Funding Information for International Students:
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Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
48 months

Further details of qualification

EXIT AWARDS: MClinRes (180 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits) Delivery: At QMU, through distance learning and in the workplace Single Modules: It is not possible to study single modules Duration: Part-time: minimum 2.5 years, maximum 7 years. Start date: September Application deadline: August Teaching, learning and assessment: The course will comprise of two 30-credit taught modules - Research Methods and Applied Health Research - a research project. These modules will focus on research methodologies, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, research ethics, patient and public involvement, research governance, project management and disseminating research. The two taught modules will incorporate a range of teaching and learning activities which will be underpinned by the assumption that the adult learners on this course will already possess transferable skills and knowledge related to evidence-based practice. Considerable use will be made of the virtual learning environment through which students will be supported to further develop their autonomy and self-direction in terms of learning. Central to this will be the development of a community of practice through which students will support each other to develop their research skills. Within this context, students will have the opportunity to engage with diverse teaching and learning activities which can include lectures, tutorials, asynchronous online discussions, collaborative working towards group presentations and/or seminar production, case study analysis, individual presentations and directed study. A key aspect of course is the research project. Assessment of the project will be staged, providing students with the opportunity for formative feedback as they continue on their journey. The final assessment will focus on the dissemination of the study findings in such a way as to have the maximum possible influence on practice. Teaching hours and attendance: Both 30 credit modules will be offered on either a face-to-face or distance learning basis. Attendance for face-to-face may be fortnightly (research Methods) ar three 1-week blocks (Applied Health Research).

Course details

Name
Judith Lane
Email
[email protected]
Phone
0131 474 0000