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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 (2019 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

 

 

 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year full time, two years part-time. September start

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 20.

Course leaders Dr Maria Duaso, maria.duaso@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

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Course detail

Description

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. 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.

 

Teaching 

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.

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.

MRes

Year

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

1

Approximately 450 hours (25% of total hours) in combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials,

project supervision and workshops.

Approximately 1350 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, project work and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary depending on the optional modules chosen. You are expected to undertake on average 30 hours of self-study a week.

 

PG Cert

Year

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

1

Approximately  150 hours (25% of total hours) in combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials,

project supervision and workshops.

Approximately  450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary depending on the optional modules chosen.You are expected to undertake on average  10 hours of self-study a week.

 

Assessment

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.

 

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place across the four King’s College London campuses, including three Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, 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.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and self-study.

Year

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

1

Approximately  150 hours (25% of total hours) in combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials,

project supervision and workshops.

Approximately  450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary depending on the optional modules chosen. You are expected to undertake on average  10 hours of self-study a week.

Course purpose

The purpose of this taught programme is to develop students’ knowledge and research skills to enhance their current and future careers in supporting, delivering and integrating research into clinical practice, and fostering evidence-based practice.

Further literature

For further information about our postgraduate opportunities, please visit our Faculty Postgraduate Study handbook here.

Course format and assessment

There will be a variety of assessment tasks, depending on the optional modules you select. These can include coursework, exams and other written assignments such as essays and portfolios. Your course also includes a dissertation in clinical research.

As well as attending seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials, you will also need to spend time on independent study.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

 


 

 

 

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

 Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling: 180 credits

 All students are required to take:

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

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.

Optional Modules

Students are required to take an additional 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • 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)

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

Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Research Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Normally a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours and a professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council or Health Professionals Council (or equivalent experience).

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 

 

If you do not meet the normal entry requirements you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in funded research.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).  Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.  

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below: 

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021 

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021 

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (MSc 2021/22); £3,500 per year (PG Cert 2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year ( MSc 2021/22); £7,820 per year (PG Cert 2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (MSc 2021/22); £1,750 per year (PG Cert 2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (MSc 2021/22); £3,910 per year (PG Cert 2021/22)

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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS)

Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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

Career destinations

Graduates from this programme are anticipated to develop a research or a clinical-academic career or move into a senior leadership role.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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