Health Research

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 15.4 k / Year(s)  
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Funded places are available on the Health Research MRes as part of the National Institute of Health Research programme of Clinical Academic Training for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health professionals. NIHR funding will cover the successful applicants' salary and programme fees.

Deadline for applications to be considered for NIHR Funding 30th May 2014 for the programme starting in September 2014.

This programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health related research component to their career. Guided by a supervision team you will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management, and research governance.

There is an opportunity to work alongside existing research staff on established research projects. In Nursing and Midwifery we are particularly interested in supporting applicants who wish to research palliative and end of life care across the life span, and in various healthcare settings.

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Course fact file
Type of Course: Combined research and taught, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: Full time minimum 12 months, maximum 2 years; part time minimum 2 years, maximum 4 years

Studying the Health Research (MRes) will give you research and project management skills that can be used in clinical research projects. You may be motivated to answer a clinical question, improve health, or be seeking to develop your research or academic career.

The combination of flexible learning, taught modules and the research thesis makes this a flexible and stimulating programme which gives students skills, awareness and the intellectual discipline required to carry out rigorous, effective, patient centred research. The programme will provide you with support to acquire practical research skills, help you to develop your understanding of Good Clinical Practice in research, and to explore various research methodologies and methods.

You will be supported by a supervisory team in designing your research question, exploring the background to your project, designing rigorous methods, and completing ethical review (as appropriate). Your supervisors will also challenge you to develop your writing and interrogate your assumptions and conclusions.

You will study 3 taught modules (20 M level credits each) and submit a thesis which reports your research project findings (nominally 120M level credits).
Compulsory modules (2x20 M level credits)

* Research Methods (Distance Learning) or Developing Evidence Based Practice
* Programme Management and Research Governance (Distance Learning)

The taught modules provide opportunity for flexible learning, with the Research Methods and Programme Management and Research Governance both delivered online. The Developing Evidence Based Practice is delivered on campus.

You will select one option module from those on offer (20 M level credits), for example:

* Epidemiology, statistics and research methods
* Qualitative research methods
* Mixed methods in research

If you have a first degree: * A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a healthcare related subjectIf you do not have a first degree: * Postgraduate qualification and or experience in a relevant health related area will be considered * Evidence of the capability to study at masters levelAll applicants must have: * Current registration with an appropriate healthcare regulatory body (e.g. NMC, GMC, BPS or HCPC * Access to a research population * A minimum of 18 months post qualification experience * Two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and academic capabilities * Transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate)International students: Academic requirementsWe accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.English language requirementsYou can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: * by holding an English language qualification to the right level * by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international studentsEnglish to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 88 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Scholarships and studentships
For UK students NIHR funding is available under the Academic Clincal Fellowship scheme to cover the successful applicants' salary and programme fees.

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students
For further information contact the School directly or email

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