Taught course

Health Care Research Methods

Institution
Queen Mary, University of London · William Harvey Research Institute
Qualifications
PGCertMSc

Entry requirements

For entry onto the programme you will need either an appropriate degree or equivalent from a recognised academic institution, or an appropriate professional qualification (for example nursing) or experience acceptable to the Programme Director and Director of Graduate Studies. If English is your second language, you will also require a minimum IELTS 6.5

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme gives you the necessary academic background and specialist skills to carry out healthcare and clinical research in health services, academic environments, contract research organisations, or pharmaceutical industry environments. It is designed for those who need an understanding of the healthcare research process, providing a detailed picture of the complex and highly inter-related activities of the development cycle, from discovery to successful commercialisation.

If you are a graduate, nurse, medical doctor or other health professional working in contract research organisations, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare, this programme has been designed for you.

This programme will:

  • Give you an understanding of the regulatory framework governing good clinical research
  • Allow you to apply the principles that you have learnt to your professional commitments
  • Contribute to the research culture and knowledge base in healthcare
  • Give you the knowledge to solve problems in healthcare practice
  • Develop your skills in gathering, recording and communicating information.


Programme outline
This postgraduate programme share a common spine with our Clinical Drug Development programme, which also covers the key areas of expertise needed for a successful clinical research programme. The Healthcare Research Methods programme places an emphasis on health management. Healthcare research methods is available for study to MSc or PGDip level.

The modular nature of the programme is designed to fit in with full-time employment. The taught elements of the modules are delivered in three-day blocks every six weeks.

Core modules

Clinical Study Design
Practical Aspects of Clinical Research and Early Drug Development
Ethics and Regulation
Data Management and Statistics
Specific Topics in Clinical Trial Design
Elective Dissertation
Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics
Marketing Healthcare
Research Project/Dissertation
Health and the Human Body
Healthcare Organisation and Decision-Making
Module options include:

Drug Discovery and Preclinical Research and Development
Toxicology

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Professor Atholl Johnston
Email
a.johnston@qmul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7882 3402