University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Professional Practice (Research and Development)

This course aims to provide postgraduate training in research skills and methods to increase the capability of health care professionals to undertake high quality research and service development; it is likely to appeal to practitioners undertaking career development in consultant and specialist roles, who want to focus on applied research designs and methods to evaluate health care effectiveness; the course emphasis is on practical research competencies used for positive impact in current clinical practice and includes modules in writing for research, data handling and analysis, health care evaluation methods and managing the research process.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a relevant 2nd Class Honours degree. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level, for example through portfolio or by evidence of recent professional development. Applicants will normally have a background in health related profession (e.g. nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker).

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, students build a portfolio of assignments that contribute to their final dissertation; students assessments in the 1st year focus on finding, analysing and writing up the current evidence base for their topic; in the 2nd year, 2 written essays explore the research methods students use while the final assessment requires them to draw these together into a research proposal, which forms the basis of their dissertation in the final year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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