New Programme

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Duration: 24 months

University of Warwick

Want to make an impact on the world? You can change lives with a career in clinical research and meaningfully improve patient care and health outcomes. Clinical research is vital to enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. For instance, through clinical research we gain insights and answers about the safety and effectiveness of drugs and other therapies. Make a real difference and pursue a career in Clinical Research.

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Programme Details


Research is at the heart of advancement in medicine and pharmacy. To pursue a career in research, it is critical you have the necessary grounding in the evidence base as to how robust, ethical research is conducted.

This Masters in Clinical Research is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at providing you with the requisite academic knowledge to conduct research within your professional scope of practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, clinical or the academic sector.  The programme covers clinical research design and methodologies, management of data, ethics, leadership, and is closely aligned to industry needs by focussing on the design and management of clinical trials. 

The course offers state-of-the-art education that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and provide you with a leading edge understanding of Clinical Research. 

 

About the University of Warwick

About the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick provides transformative learning and research opportunities that spark debate, fuel ambition and ignite innovation. Ranked 9th in United Kingdom and 61st in the World, the University of Warwick is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence delivering the highest standards of education, research, information and materials to improve the quality of healthcare globally.

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Why the University of Warwick?

  • Top 10 UK university
  • 7th within the Russell Group ranking
  • A global centre of academic excellence
Who have we tailored this programme for?

Who have we tailored this programme for?

This programme welcomes students from varied professional backgrounds from across the world, including physicians, nurses, dentists, professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, academicians and those who plan to conduct clinical trials.

You must hold a 2.2. honours degree (or above) from a UK university or comparable Institution in a healthcare, or life sciences background.

How is this programme delivered?

How is this programme delivered?

This part-time programme is provided through an unparalleled online education environment, blending self-directed learning with tutor-led teambased learning. Throughout the course, students will interact and engage in:

  • Weekly synchronous online tutorials.

  • Highly interactive content and tutor-moderated discussion forums.

  • Reflective exercises to test your thinking and learning application.

You never feel isolated in your learning with small-group sizes, a programme management team and tutor support.

Outcomes of this programme

Outcomes of this programme

Graduates of this online master’s programme can go on to work in a wide range of rewarding and challenging roles in clinical research. You will become leaders and principal investigators in the managing and monitoring of clinical research

Graduates will be able to:

  • Obtain a recognised Postgraduate qualification from a top 10 UK university

  • Secure local CME accreditation

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trial design, delivery and assessment

  • Explore theoretical and practical issues in the design and implementation of clinical trials

  • Develop skills in handling and presenting clinical trial data

  • Critically evaluate key aspects of how clinical trials are reviewed and reported

Programme Overview

This programme blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in: online group tutorials, tutor-moderated discussion forums, interactive case studies, reflective exercises. The programme is broken down into the following modules:

Programme Modules:

  • Introduction to evidence-based medicine.

  • Exploration of study design in clinical and medical research.

  • Designing research questions using accepted frameworks.

  • Refining research questions through appraisal of literature.

  • Assessing strengths / weaknesses and biases of study designs.

  • Ethical and regulatory frameworks of clinical research.

  • Application of evidence-based medicine.

  • Consideration of research methodologies and study designs (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed

  • methods).

  • Bias in research and its link to the internal and external validity standards.

  • Understanding reporting guidelines for common study designs.

  • Management of participants in research.

  • Understanding evaluation and regulation of therapeutic agents in clinical trials.

  • Data collection and data management.

  • Selection of analysis techniques.

  • Qualitative data analysis.

  • Quantitative data analysis.

  • Describing and summarising data.

  • Interpretation of data.

  • Data collection and data management.

  • Selection of analysis techniques.

  • Qualitative data analysis.

  • Quantitative data analysis.

  • Describing and summarising data.

  • Interpretation of data.

  • Effective leadership in a clinical research setting

  • Organisational structures in clinical research

  • Organisation behaviour and organisation culture.

  • Mentorship in clinical research

  • Change management in research projects

  • Ethical issues in clinical leadership

  • Clinical Trials: Introduction and ethics in clinical trials

  • Clinical Trials: Phases, contexts and ethics

  • Study protocols

  • Study populations and cohorts

  • Clinical Trial Design: Phase I-IV designs

  • Treatment allocations

  • Ethics, privacy and safety in clinical trials

  • Clinical Trial management and conduct

  • Measurement of clinical trials and data capture

  • Data monitoring and analysis

  • Reporting of Results

  • Regulatory issues in clinical trials

The “Professional Project in Clinical Research” is a 60 CATS module that will enable students to identify,

understand, appraise and plan research related to clinical research. The module will cover the skills needed to identify, appraise and synthesise research evidence and develop an understanding of the implications of research for in a clinical setting. Working independently, and under limited supervision, students will then take responsibility for the direction and management of a project through to completion and submission.

The module addresses the following areas:

  • Literature searching

  • Formulating a research question

  • Study design

  • Writing a research protocol

  • Presenting a research protocol

Course Benefits

Active, not passive learning

Heavily focussed on 'Learning by doing' - an active learning experience. Challenging formative assessments and group work to forge exemplary clinical educators.

World-leading healthcare faculty

Clinical Researchers of the highest calibre have developed the programme; they are thought leaders hand-selected by iheed from the world's leading medical schools and research industries.

Excellent career prospects

With the global clinical research market growing and a host of new opportunities appearing across the world, there’s never been a better time to enter the clinical research profession.

A Truly Global Programme

Developed by international Clinical Research experts. Participants from across the globe study together, learning from each other's experiences and forming a global network of like-minded researchers.

A world-class online learning experience

The programme is a truly transformative user experience. The content is rich, compelling, engaging and innovative. It includes interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused pedagogy.

Discounts and Flexible Payment Options available

We offer early registration discounts, bulk payment discounts and flexible payment plans to make this programme affordable and accessible to clinicians