MSc/Diploma Clinical Research

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges to improve the health and care of people across the globe.

I love the University and Sheffield as a city. I did my undergraduate degree here and didn’t want to leave. Whilst what I learnt was related to public health, such as disease outbreak management, the problem solving skills can be applied to other areas in the future.”

Harriet Fidler, Postgraudate student in the School of Health and Related Research

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

Develop the practical skills required to plan and undertake clinical or health services research. There are two different routes available. Each route takes one year full-time or two to five years part-time:

  • The generic route: open to all graduates from any background
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) route: open to medical and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Training Fellows in the local NHS Deanery.

ScHARR postgraduate student

Core modules

Core modules are determined by the course route followed and may include:

  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Practical Aspects of Clinical Research
  • Dissertation or Research placement and portfolio

Optional modules

  • Promoting Evidence-Based Health-Care
  • Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Complex Evaluation Methods
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Health Care Financing and Economic Evaluation
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation

Full module list

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online activities
  • Workshops
  • Research skills training is in small groups and by distance learning

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

Course duration

2-4 years part-time by distance learning

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Develop the practical skills required to plan and undertake clinical or health services research. The course takes one year full-time or two to five years part-time. There are two routes available; a standard route and NIHR route for Academic Clinical Fellows in Medicine and Dentistry.

Applicants may also apply using the CPD application process and start by registering for one or two modules and later transfer to a full masters programme.

ScHARR postgraduate student

Core modules

Core modules are determined by the course route followed and may include:

  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research Practice or Practical Aspects of Clinical Research
  • Dissertation or Research placement and portfolio

Examples of optional modules

Choices include:

  • Promoting Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Complex Evaluation Methods
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Health Care Financing and Economic Evaluation
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation

Please visit our website for a full module list.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, tutorials, online activities and workshops. Research skills training is in small groups and by distance learning. Assessment is by coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-5 years part-time by distance learning

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a clinical subject or equivalent professional qualification and experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Teaching Support Unit
E: scharrtu@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5454

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.