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PgCert Leading Clinical Research Delivery - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration Over 1 year
Entry year September 2022
Campus

Online

Discipline Healthcare and Medicine
Contact

Programme Director: Dr Kerry Gilbert
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 725500 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:2 honours degree in relevant subject. 
Please upload a completed LCRD Expression of interest form to your application

Contextual offers

Overview

  • Developed in line with the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework to support practising clinical professionals aspiring to work in clinical research. We are one of only two HEIs to receive development funding from the NIHR-AoMRC to develop an online PGCert to launch in 2022.
  • Gain the necessary networks, skills and confidence needed to lead and support clinical research by focusing on the practical elements of clinical research
  • Benefit from flexible access to high-quality interactive online learning and modules that have been tailored to meet the challenges and opportunities for clinical research in the 21st Century NHS
  • Examine the infrastructures and policies shaping clinical research, learn how to engage with patients, plan projects, manage budgets and gain practical experience by supporting a current clinical research project
  • The programme will support the Government’s plan to create a world-leading UK clinical research environment. The report Saving and Improving Lives: The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery provides further detail of the ambitious vision for the future of clinical research delivery.
  • For September 2022 entry, we are delighted to be able to offer 39 Department of Health and Social Care bursaries, covering full tuition fees for eligible applicants. Bursaries will be awarded to NHS / publicly-funded healthcare workers in England on a first come, first served basis. Eligible applicants will be offered bursaries via email after the offer of a place on the programme has been made.
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Contact

Programme Director: Dr Kerry Gilbert

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Developed in line with the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework to support practising healthcare professionals aspiring to work in clinical research delivery.

We are Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent research in clinical medicine

Based on 4* + 3* research in REF 2021

Our Public Health research is 11th in UK for Research Power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care REF 2021

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Accreditations

As announced on the NIHR website on 28 September 2021, the Postgraduate Certificate was partially funded by the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Programme (project number CRC Programme PGCert1 UoE). The Postgraduate Certificate has been developed in line with the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework to support practising healthcare professionals aspiring to work in clinical research delivery

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience (more than two years post-qualification) may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Applicants may be experienced healthcare professionals from a registered healthcare discipline, such as medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, pharmacists and healthcare scientists, or those who have worked in a relevant role for at least two years (e.g. clinical trials manager, clinical research practitioners, university postdoctoral researcher).

We also welcome professionally registered applicants from social care, public health and academia, both in the devolved UK nations and countries outside the UK, for whom the content is relevant.

Please note that healthcare professionals in England will have the opportunity to be matched with a project/mentor for the Research Practice.

Please download and complete the  LCRD Expression of interest form. You will need to upload this with your online application form when you apply.

English language requirements

• IELTS: Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
• TOEFL: Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Accreditation of prior learning for Masters courses in Healthcare and Medicine

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process whereby students, who have already gained relevant skills and knowledge prior to the start of their course, may be granted a partial credit exemption from their programme instead of unnecessarily repeating work. Find out more about APL

Research Practice Experience core module 

For the Research Practice Experience core module on this programme, you will need a project to work on and a supervisor. The expression of interest form that you are required to submit as part of your application (located under "Typical Offer" at the top of this page) is designed to help facilitate these arrangements. We are only able to support you with finding a project and supervisor if you are a registered healthcare professional working in England, owing to our contract with the funders and the networks we have access to. Please note that if you do not work in a registered healthcare discipline, or you work outside England, you will need to provide evidence to our admissions team that you have a project and supervisor in place before the RPE module commences in January 2023.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

Healthcare is becoming increasingly complex, with clinical work and clinical research requiring unprecedented levels of cooperation between diverse providers and multiple sectors. We will provide you with a strong theoretical foundation covering topics such as research leadership, equality, diversity and inclusion as well as planning and piloting to ensure study feasibility and optimal delivery. Alongside this, you will consider the practicalities of doing clinical research and ways to improve participant recruitment. Our Research Practice Experience module enables you to put theory into practice by being directly involved with a clinical research project.

Developed in line with the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework to support practising healthcare professionals aspiring to work in clinical research delivery.

Modules

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of credits. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. Each 15-credit module in this PgCert therefore requires 150 hours of study (around 12 hours of study per week, across the term). Typically, you will take two modules in term one and two modules in term two. Most of your study will be asynchronous; you will work through the online material at a time convenient for you. Modules will also have some contact days, where you will meet with your tutor and peers via Teams or Zoom (dates will be provided in advance to aid your planning).

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. 

The last contact day and assessment deadline for the programme will be earlier than the actual end date of your registration with the University, to allow a period of time at the end of your active studies for further support and mitigation, if needed.

45 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules

Fees

2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

  • PgCert LCRD £3200pa 

Standalone module fees: UK: £900 per 15-credit module

International fees per year:

  • PgCert LCRD £7,700pa

Standalone module fees: International: £2100 per 15-credit module

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Scholarships

We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Funding and scholarships

There are a generous number of bursaries available to applicants who are healthcare professionals in England for September 2022 entry to the PGCert Leading Clinical Research Delivery, which will be funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and will cover full tuition fees for those students in receipt of them. Bursaries will be awarded to NHS / publicly-funded healthcare workers in England on a first come, first served basis. Eligible applicants will be offered bursaries via email after the offer of a place on the programme has been made.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding

The Funding website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.

Scholarships 

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The College of Medicine and Health is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes. Please check your eligibility before applying.

University of Exeter Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship

We are pleased to offer graduating University of Exeter students completing their degree in Summer 2022 and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) or research degree (eg MPhil/PhD) with us a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. These awards are worth 10% of the first year tuition fee for students enrolling on a postgraduate taught or research programme of study in 2022/23, with the exception of the PGCE programme. Find out more

There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.

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Teaching and research

Our online programme has been designed with flexibility in mind enabling you to enhance your knowledge and skills around your current schedule. The programme will include a combination of evidence-based educational formats, including workplace-based learning. You will have access to high quality interactive online learning to develop knowledge and insight in respect of the approaches to, and delivery of, clinical research. You will develop key knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable you to demonstrate capability as a clinician researcher when delivering aspects of networked research within your own practice.

During the Research Practice Experience (RPE) module, you will develop practical experience in the supportive context of a clinical research network while working on existing research studies

You will participate in activities such as scoping current evidence and maximising the potential of routinely collected data, to tasks such as project planning and budget management. Through facilitated group discussions and the use of case studies, you will explore different types of research studies and explore the potential challenges such as how to improve participant recruitment and how to problem solve whilst doing clinical research.

In addition to core modules you will also choose an optional module which will enable you to excel in an area of importance to research delivery in the NHS such as epidemiology.

Careers

Careers

The NHS needs to develop and retain a broad range of clinician researchers, individuals with responsibility for leading or contributing to research locally within their clinical setting, to lead and support high quality clinical research in areas where there is the greatest disease burden. The PGCert in Leading Clinical Research Delivery provides an alternative route into clinical research for experienced clinicians who are new to clinical research.

The programme will provide the necessary networks, skills and confidence needed for clinicians to lead and support clinical research.

Careers support

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.