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Clinical Research MRes/PG Cert

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The Clinical Research MRes is a multi-disciplinary course aimed at practitioners who wish to develop their clinical or academic research careers. The course seeks to enhance the skills and knowledge needed for supporting, delivering and integrating research into clinical practice, as well as fostering evidence-based practice. Practitioners with the appropriate innovation and critical-thinking skills may be supported to undertake further study at MPhil/PhD level with the aim of developing a future clinical academic career.

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2021 QS World University Rankings by subject).
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced multi- disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues in the conduct and utilisation of health, clinical and social care research.
  • Support will be given to circulate work relating to your studies, predominantly through publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, with the opportunity to develop your research into a PhD Fellowship application.

There are two compulsory modules on qualitative and quantitative research methods to give you the knowledge you need to work as a researcher. They cover every element of research, from the concept and design of studies, to how to carry out your project in a health environment. You will also learn how to critically appraise specialist health research. If you are following the part-time study pathway, you will typically complete the qualitative and quantitative research methods and the optional modules in the first year and the dissertation in the second and final year. You can then choose optional modules from any of the Health faculties at King’s to tailor your programme to your interests. Once you have completed the taught elements of the course you will write a dissertation in clinical research. Our MRes programme is flexible, allowing for full- or part-time study. There is also the option of completing a PG Certificate in Clinical Research (This is Part-time: one year). New funding offered by the HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship scheme has made this a more popular choice among students. Although you need to apply directly to the NIHR for this funding, we can support you with your application. Additional support is available to Practitioners with the appropriate innovation and critical-thinking skills to develop a future clinical academic career.

Base campuses

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

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Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the 90-credit dissertation, the majority of the 900 hours are made up of self-study time supported by a monthly seminar programme and individual supervision sessions. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face online/in-person teaching will be complemented and supported with digital education technologies so that students experience digital learning and assessment.

The majority of learning for this degree takes place within the course timetable. All optional module choices are subject to the approval of the module leader.

Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits from the required taught modules and 30 credits of optional modules in their first year, and the 90 credits dissertation module in their second year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the Short Courses Catalogue on our website for updates.

Teaching takes place across the five King’s College London campuses, including four Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Assessment

  • Written Examinations
  • Practical Examinations
  • Course Work

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written assignments such as essays and portfolios

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling: 180 credits Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits from the required taught modules and 30 credits of optional modules in their first year, and the 90 credits dissertation module in their second year. All students are required to take:

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits)
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (30 credits)
Dissertation in Clinical Research (90 credits)

Optional modules

Students are required to take an additional 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include: Optional modules are available from throughout King’s Health Faculties, including the Faculty of Life Science and Medicine, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. Some of the optional modules have a credit value of 45 credits. You are permitted to take these modules providing there are no significant clashes

Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare (30 credits)
Issues in the Conduct of Health Care Research (15 credits)
Developing Professional Leadership (15 credits)
Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-Medical Practitioners (30 credits)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 Credits)
Skeletal Muscle Function Fatigue & Plasticity: Movement to Molecules (15 credits)
Health Economics (15 credits)
Basic Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health (15 credits)
PhD Funding Proposal Development in Healthcare Research (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduates from this course go on to develop a research or a clinical-academic career or move into a senior leadership role.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (MSc 2022/23); £3,680 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (MSc 2022/23); £1,840 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year ( MSc 2022/23); £8,220 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (MSc 2022/23); £4,110 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Funding

There are two compulsory modules on qualitative and quantitative research methods to give you the knowledge you need to work as a researcher. They cover every element of research, from the concept and design of studies, to how to carry out your project in a health environment. You will also learn how to critically appraise specialist health research. If you are following the part-time study pathway, you will typically complete the qualitative and quantitative research methods and the optional modules in the first year and the dissertation in the second and final year. You can then choose optional modules from any of the Health faculties at King’s to tailor your programme to your interests. Once you have completed the taught elements of the course you will write a dissertation in clinical research. Our MRes programme is flexible, allowing for full- or part-time study. There is also the option of completing a PG Certificate in Clinical Research (This is Part-time: one year). New funding offered by the HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship scheme has made this a more popular choice among students. Although you need to apply directly to the NIHR for this funding, we can support you with your application. Additional support is available to Practitioners with the appropriate innovation and critical-thinking skills to develop a future clinical academic career.

Base campuses

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the 90-credit dissertation, the majority of the 900 hours are made up of self-study time supported by a monthly seminar programme and individual supervision sessions. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face online/in-person teaching will be complemented and supported with digital education technologies so that students experience digital learning and assessment.

The majority of learning for this degree takes place within the course timetable. All optional module choices are subject to the approval of the module leader.

Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits from the required taught modules and 30 credits of optional modules in their first year, and the 90 credits dissertation module in their second year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the Short Courses Catalogue on our website for updates.

Teaching takes place across the five King’s College London campuses, including four Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Assessment

  • Written Examinations
  • Practical Examinations
  • Course Work

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written assignments such as essays and portfolios

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling: 180 credits Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits from the required taught modules and 30 credits of optional modules in their first year, and the 90 credits dissertation module in their second year. All students are required to take:

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits)
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (30 credits)
Dissertation in Clinical Research (90 credits)

Optional modules

Students are required to take an additional 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include: Optional modules are available from throughout King’s Health Faculties, including the Faculty of Life Science and Medicine, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. Some of the optional modules have a credit value of 45 credits. You are permitted to take these modules providing there are no significant clashes

Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare (30 credits)
Issues in the Conduct of Health Care Research (15 credits)
Developing Professional Leadership (15 credits)
Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-Medical Practitioners (30 credits)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 Credits)
Skeletal Muscle Function Fatigue & Plasticity: Movement to Molecules (15 credits)
Health Economics (15 credits)
Basic Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health (15 credits)
PhD Funding Proposal Development in Healthcare Research (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduates from this course go on to develop a research or a clinical-academic career or move into a senior leadership role.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (MSc 2022/23); £3,680 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (MSc 2022/23); £1,840 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year ( MSc 2022/23); £8,220 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (MSc 2022/23); £4,110 per year (PG Cert 2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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