Masters of Clinical Research at Newcastle University






Masters of Clinical Research at Newcastle University

Are you interested in furthering scientific knowledge as well as your career?

Newcastle University has a part-time course ideal for allied health professionals and medics interested in clinical research. It will enable you to acquire expertise in planning, conducting, analysing and writing up scientific research. The modular programme, delivered by Newcastle University with The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, consists of Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters of Clinical Research.

The programme has three pathways:

  • Clinical Research

  • Clinical Research (Ageing)

  • Clinical Research (Leadership)

The first year of study consists of the certificate course. Students have the option of progressing to the diploma course in the second year or leaving with a postgraduate certificate. They may either exit with a diploma at the end of the second year or progress to the masters’ course.  Successful completion of the third year leads to a Masters of Clinical Research degree.

Flexible study for optimum time management:

  • Postgraduate certificate modules studied by either attendance at the university teaching days (around 9 per year) on campus or by online distance e-learning (modules studied are the same for each pathway)

  •  Postgraduate diploma modules either attendance or e-learning

  • Ageing pathway delivered by e-learning

  • Leadership pathway by attendance only

  • The final year’s master’s dissertation module attendance or e-learning

The modules studied are applicable to the “real world”, with a highly practical slant in both content and assessment. In the Diploma, the Ageing pathway looks at current research in age-related diseases as well as specific issues involved in clinical research with older people. The Leadership pathway shows you how to develop yourself as a leader, and discusses strategic leadership in healthcare. Clinical Research provides a range of diploma modules to choose from including clinical trials, epidemiology and single modules from the other pathways.

All the modules are available as “standalone” to allow students to take advantage of their potential for continuing professional development without the commitment required for a full degree.

A paramedic’s comments from the 2012 course are:

“I became more interested in issues with the elderly than I thought I would and it made me consider this group of people differently in terms of illness

I would definitely recommend this course to others”

Applications are open now for September 2013. For further information please visit our website: 

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