MRes Applied Clinical Research

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Focus

on clinical research and training to enhance careers within the NHS and health sector.

Blended

learning with face-to-face teaching supported by online learning.

Develop

the skills & knowledge needed to pursue a research-based career in clinical medicine and healthcare.

Why choose this course?

The MRes Applied Clinical Research programme has been designed to serve healthcare professionals working in fields such as nursing, audiology, midwifery, physiotherapy, psychology and radiology, and medical sciences graduates wanting to embark on a research degree focusing on human health and disease.

  • This programme equips graduates with the skills and subject-specific knowledge needed to pursue a research-based career in clinical medicine and healthcare. 
  • It focuses on clinical research (e.g. audits, clinical outcome measures, quality improvement, qualitative or quantitative), and provides ideal training for students who want to enhance their careers within the NHS and health sector, or subsequently wish to move onto a PhD programme, or who simply wish to undertake a significant research (120 credits) project at Masters level.
  • Completion of the course will lead to a professionally recognised qualification, being externally approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
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Key course features

  • Teaching will involve a range of learning methods including lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, group discussions and presentations.
  • The academic and clinical staff are research active, and continually thrive to promote research within areas of biomedical and clinical sciences, where they regularly publish their research findings and discuss their work at national and international conferences. 
  • Blended learning is a feature of this course, enabling students to travel for the taught element of the course without having to commit to living in Wrexham or the locality full time. Each module takes the form of a learning package consisting of a three-day block of face-to-face teaching supported by online learning. This approach is favoured by employers wishing to release their employees to study whilst still meeting service needs.
  • The programme is designed to enhance the employability of individuals in the development of contemporary subject knowledge, related transferable skills and, in turn, better meet the clinical and healthcare needs of the populations they serve.

What you will study

This programme provides an opportunity for an in-depth study in all of the major disciplines covering biomedical science, as well as current regulatory frameworks, information communication technology and research methods. Topics of focus include clinical chemistry, cellular and histopathology, haematology and transfusion as well as microbiology and immunology.

MODULES

  • Research methods (20 credits)
  • Critically exploring professional practice in the context of health & society (20 credits) 
  • Clinical medicine: pathology of disease (20 credits)
  • Research Project (120 credits)

The focus of most modules will be on understanding the biology of disease, concepts underlying disease pathogenesis, and the use of current biomedical science applications in the screening, diagnosis and management of disease conditions.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

 

Entry requirements & applying

To be considered for the course, a candidate must hold one of the following qualifications prior to the commencement of the programme:

  • An initial honours degree of Wrexham Glyndŵr University or another approved degree-awarding body.
  • A minimum of 2:2 honours degree, which has a significant content of biological science (e.g. Biomedical Science, Human Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, etc.)
  • Have relevant work experience at a senior level that is deemed to compensate for the lack of formal qualifications, and have held a position of management responsibility within the biomedical, clinical or healthcare sectors for a minimum of three years within the previous five years. In a case where there is a lack of clarity or a need to gain deeper insight into a candidate’s suitability for the programme of study, an informal interview with the candidate may be held.
  • In addition to the above, candidates must also have practical laboratory experience that would have already been gained from undertaking their undergraduate programme of study inclusive of relevant QAA benchmark standards such as Biomedical Science and Biological Sciences.

Prospective students may also apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) against specific modules in accordance with Wrexham Glyndŵr University regulations.

Students undertaking a research project (dissertation) that entails working in an area other than their usual place of work must obtain a relevant DBS.

Students undertaking a research project (dissertation) who may be working with patients, vulnerable people and children must obtain an enhanced disclosure.

Teaching & Assessment

Students will be assessed via a series of coursework projects throughout the course. This could be in the form of laboratory reports, clinical reviews, poster or oral presentations, case studies, essays or data manipulation exercises.

Teaching and Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This course is predominantly aimed at health professionals from a range of disciplines who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in clinically focused research.

It is aimed at those who wish to pursue clinical/academic research careers, such as research nurses, clinical trials coordinators and principal investigators. The course provides comprehensive training in research, providing an excellent foundation for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages. 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.