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Clinical Research

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

Explore the fundamental concepts and methods of health-related research, medical statistics and how to critically appraise research literature and examine the practical and regulatory issues involved in designing and delivering clinical and health-related research projects.
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Course description

This course is for people working, or aspiring to work, in the field of clinical or health-related research nationally or internationally. It is a route into research within healthcare, clinical research, academic or commercial settings and is excellent preparation for doctoral/PhD study.

We’ll provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to initiate and undertake high-quality clinical or health-related research projects. You’ll have the opportunity to critically appraise the methods and results of existing research and explore the implications of research for clinical and health-related practice.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to undertake and manage research and be prepared for research careers within national and international clinical and health-related settings.

There are two routes available:

  • Standard route 
  • NIHR route for Academic Clinical Fellows in Medicine and Dentistry.

Intercalation

We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School website.

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Open days

Join us for our online open day on Tuesday 27 April 2021 and Monday 27 September 2021 from 12pm-1pm (UK time). 

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Modules

Explore core and optional modules

Continuing professional development

All modules on this course can be studied as standalone CPD modules. It is possible to complete standalone modules and then apply to transfer to an MSc/PGDip/PGCert qualification. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification.

Options

You'll gain credits from both core and optional modules. You’ll need 180 credits to get a masters degree, including 60 credits from your dissertation. You can also study for a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), without a dissertation.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

Materials will be delivered in a variety of formats designed to enhance the learning experience. These include formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group discussions, online screencasts, videos and podcasts, alongside guided reading and case studies.

Duration

  • 1 year, full-time

If you're interested in studying this course on a part-time basis, please contact the department for further information.

Your career

After successfully completing your course, graduates have had the opportunity to secure roles in clinical research within clinical practice, research positions within clinical and health care organisations, academic research and research teaching roles or alternatively they have taken on further Doctoral and PhD study.

Our graduates now work in many healthcare settings, as well as universities around the world and Medical Research Organisations (MRO) including NAMSA and PRA Healthcare.

Entry requirements

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

Applications for the NIHR route are only accepted from doctors and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Clinical Fellows in the local NHS Deanery.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

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

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Contact

scharr-pgt-enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5454

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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