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If you are a registered healthcare professional interested in progressing your career, and at the same time making a real difference for your patients/client group, then this course could be the ideal opportunity.

Led by a highly experienced teaching team, you will learn everything you need to know to undertake ethically sound and impactful research within your area of practice, whether that’s Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Operating Department Practice.

The course is delivered in a blended format, to allow you maximum flexibility in fitting study around your work and other commitments. During the first year you’ll have access to interactive e-lectures through Blackboard Ultra, and come onto campus for half a day every other week to consolidate your learning through seminars with your inter-professional peer group.

During the second year you will undertake a major research project, either based on your own workplace or within a research group at Northumbria University. You’ll receive 20 hours of one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be an expert in an area of direct relevance to your chosen topic.

By the time you graduate you will be fully equipped to undertake research to inform your area of practice. Studying on this programme will support future career progression, enabling you to move into senior positions within your area of practice, and to contribute to the future of the healthcare.

Please note: Teaching will take place on Thursday afternoons (subject to change)

Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria University here

If you are a registered healthcare professional interested in progressing your career, and at the same time making a real difference for your patients/client group, then this course could be the ideal opportunity.

Led by a highly experienced teaching team, you will learn everything you need to know to undertake ethically sound and impactful research within your area of practice, whether that’s Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Operating Department Practice.

The course is delivered in a blended format, to allow you maximum flexibility in fitting study around your work and other commitments. During the first year you’ll have access to interactive e-lectures through Blackboard Ultra, and come onto campus for half a day every other week to consolidate your learning through seminars with your inter-professional peer group.

During the second year you will undertake a major research project, either based on your own workplace or within a research group at Northumbria University. You’ll receive 20 hours of one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be an expert in an area of direct relevance to your chosen topic.

By the time you graduate you will be fully equipped to undertake research to inform your area of practice. Studying on this programme will support future career progression, enabling you to move into senior positions within your area of practice, and to contribute to the future of the healthcare.

Please note: Teaching will take place on Thursday afternoons (subject to change)

Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria University here

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 Years Part-Time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2020 or January 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Discover more / Healthcare Professional Practice

Sarah Morey gives an introduction to the Healthcare Professional Practice MRes at Northumbria University.

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Healthcare Professional Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

We’ve structured this course so that registered healthcare professionals with little or no previous clinical research experience can develop competency in designing, developing, implementing, and disseminating research.

The induction period will help you settle into the course, with interactive talks on expectations for postgraduate study. You’ll meet your peer group, and receive details about your degree structure, timetable, assessment schedules, and marking criteria.

Over the course of the first year you’ll study a ‘Contextualising Research’ module which will consolidate all your learning. Alongside that you’ll study modules on Quantitative research and Qualitative research, and explore the impact and influence research might have for future client care, and for your career development. All of these modules equip you to undertake your own major research project in the second year.

You will experience a range of innovative learning techniques, including a ‘flipped classroom’ approach where you have access to online lecture materials prior to seminars, group work and inter-professional peer learning, and an enquiry-based learning (EBL) approach designed to facilitate your own personal learning requirements.

Summative assessments will focus on communication skills and will ‘feed forward’ into your subsequent summative assessments. All programme assessments are authentic tasks which simulate the kinds of activities that health researchers routinely undertake, for example report-writing and presentations, to give you the best possible preparation for future professional research.

Book an Open Day / Experience Healthcare Professional Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Healthcare Professional Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

The course will be led by a team of highly experienced academic staff, who have been involved in a wide range of healthcare and education research. Many of them continue to engage in cutting-edge research projects, giving you the opportunity to become part of an inspiring research community.

You will be well supported by the programme team. You’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be there for you throughout the programme, and a dissertation supervisor who will be in close contact with you during the second year. In addition, the module tutors are happy to help with issues specific to their modules, and the programme leader will be available to offer guidance throughout.

The breadth of experience in the department means that your allocated dissertation supervisor will be an expert in an area related to your chosen topic. This can include academics from other departments such as Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation if that’s what you require, thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of our research culture here at Northumbria.

We will also bring in guest lecturers from other disciplines and from professional practice, to give you new perspectives and insight.

Your Tutors / Healthcare Professional Practice

Meet the team of module leaders who will be working with you at Northumbria University.

Book an Open Day / Experience Healthcare Professional Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Healthcare Professional Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

At our base on Coach Lane Campus you will benefit from modern teaching facilities, and from being immersed in an environment dedicated to the study of healthcare.

This environment gives you the opportunity to reflect on your learning and collaborate with your peers, who will be from a variety of professional backgrounds but working towards similar career goals.

Technology-enhanced learning is fundamental to the blended learning approach, and each module will have extensive learning resources available through Blackboard Ultra. This will include recorded lectures for you to watch in your own time, presentation slides, reading lists, assessment details and a dedicated discussion board. Through online discussions you can keep in contact with your peers while you are away from campus.

The University Libraries at both Coach Lane Campus and City Campus offer an extensive collection of material, access to international databases, and training in information retrieval. Study space is also available in the library if you require somewhere quiet, and you can find a variety of study skills materials on the library’s Skills Plus site.

If you are an international student you can also benefit from the support of our Academic Language Skills Programmes (ALS). The programmes will run alongside your studies to help you develop your academic language and communication skills within a healthcare context.

Facilities / Healthcare Professional Practice MRes

Explore the outstanding facilities available at Northumbria University.

Book an Open Day / Experience Healthcare Professional Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Healthcare Professional Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

This programme has been designed to equip you with the research skills that will enable you to both progress in your career, and make a positive impact on your client group. Working with your inter-professional peer group within the active research environment at Northumbria, you will acquire valuable critical skills that will last a lifetime.

You will develop the ability to critically evaluate current healthcare evidence, advanced skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis, and an understanding of how best to communicate complex findings to a variety of audiences through journal articles, conference posters or oral presentations.

The dissertation module will enable you to demonstrate mastery in independently conducting an ethically sound and innovative research project within your area of interest. You will apply the advanced research skills and techniques you’ve developed during the programme, and exhibit your skills in critical evaluation and synthesis of research findings, all supported by our research-active staff.

Our academic staff have extensive research experience across nursing, midwifery and health, where our work informs policy and practice to improve quality, safety and effectiveness. Our areas of research strength include Ageing, Later Life & Long-term Conditions (ALL), Healthcare Organisation, Practice Improvement & Economics (HOPE), and Healthcare Education and Learning for Practice and Patient Safety (HELPPS).

Research / Nursing Midwifery and Health

Discover more about some of the inspiring research currently taking place at Northumbria, within our department and across the wider University through our multidisciplinary research themes.

Book an Open Day / Experience Healthcare Professional Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Healthcare Professional Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

If you want to progress in your healthcare career then undertaking practice-based research is key to gaining professional recognition. This course will equip you to work with Higher Education Institutions that will help to shape the future of your profession.

We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of NHS Trusts, to ensure that we will be equipping students with the right mix of skills to make an impact. These include project management, collaboration, statistical analysis, leadership and communication skills, which are in high demand across the sector.

Over the course of the programme you will become a reflective practitioner, so that throughout your career you will understand how to apply your skills in different contexts, and how to identify areas for further development so that you can reach your full potential.

You will be able to apply everything your learn within your own sphere of practice, whether that’s nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or any other related field. Together with the major project based on a genuine issue within your workplace, this course offers the perfect blend of transferable skills and practice-based learning.

We will support your career aspirations with sessions on successful networking, self-promotion, and disseminating your research for maximum impact, as well as CV advice, portfolio guidance, and interview preparation. You may even be able to publish a research paper as a result of your work on the course. If you wish to continue your studies to PhD level, this course is also ideal preparation to give you access to those opportunities.

Book an Open Day / Experience Healthcare Professional Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Healthcare Professional Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Registration as a healthcare professional (or licence to practice) with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board / health department.

International qualifications: 

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements: 
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Registration as a healthcare professional (or licence to practice) with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board / health department.

International qualifications: 

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements: 
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

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ADDITIONAL COSTS

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AC7058 -

Contextualising Research (Core,30 Credits)

On this year-long module you will learn a variety of key skills (both practical and theoretical) which underpin the contexts of research. These will be delivered to support / complement the other methodological / impact modules on the MRes Healthcare Professional Practice. You will be given the opportunity to explore your own research interests and potential questions, whilst developing them into a viable research project. This will then allow you to explore the contextual factors of your potential research project in a way that is tailored to meet your own methodological and research interests. It will result in the production of a proposal which can then be taken forward to the dissertation module. You will be given the opportunity to learn topics such as:
• Epistemology and ontology of research
• Developing a research question
• Project management
• Mixed methods research
• Ethics and governance
• Co-production
• Public and patient involvement
The aims of the module are to both help you to understand and develop your own research project, and also have the opportunity to carry out some of the key skills required with support of the tutor. This will help you understand the overall journey of a research project, from inception to dissemination, and enable you to experience the practical and logistical skills required to successfully complete a research project.

This module will enable you to develop the professional and reflective skills needed to be a good researcher that will underpin your future research and professional practice.

More information

AC7059 -

Quantitative Research Methodology and Design (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn theoretical and practical skills in relation to quantitative research in healthcare professional practice. You will explore the research contexts in order to understand the appropriate use of different quantitative research methodologies and methods. Using publicly available data, you will be enabled to understand how to input, analyse, and present quantitative data using contemporary research software analysis techniques. By the end of this module you will be able to critically interpret statistical quantitative results, and systematically review the ethical and legal implications of research findings within a wider world view.

More information

AC7060 -

Qualitative Research Methodology and Design (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a comprehensive understanding of qualitative research methods, from inception to dissemination. Throughout the module, you will engage with research experts to conceptualise research being undertaken at the forefront of academia and practice.
By the end of this module, you will be able to critically evaluate qualitative theories and methodologies. You will develop understanding of qualitative research processes and the rationale for their use, by critically engaging with research and research outputs covering both traditional and novel research methods. You will understand research sampling and recruitment, and you will undertake, and critique, qualitative data collection and analysis, in order to be develop skills enabling you to conduct your own qualitative research. You will also be introduced to qualitative analysis software.
This module will further prepare you for your dissertation module.

More information

AC7061 -

Research Impact and Influence (Core,20 Credits)

The main purpose of research within healthcare is to ultimately have a positive impact on patient care and/or health outcomes, but what is impact and how can it be measured? This module will help you to evaluate the whole concept of impact and influence within health research. The module will start by examining impact, i.e. what it means and how it can be measured at multiple levels within health and social care. You will have the opportunity to review impact case studies and critically debate with your peers the elements that determine the greatest impact and influence on clinical practice. You will critically appraise your role as an insider researcher and be able to recognise how your role will influence your research, from developing your research question to dissemination and impact of your findings. Ensuring you have the necessary time and resources is critical in conducting a successful research project and so within the module you will examine the importance of research funding, identifying funding opportunities and developing grant applications. You will explore methods on how to promote your research, including examining the use of technologies and benefits of networking. Dissemination is a vital part of your research and you will critically explore why and how to disseminate your finding. As part of this you will also develop practical skills around producing abstracts and posters, delivering oral presentations and writing for publication. Finally, you will explore different research career pathways and examine the opportunities and challenges these different roles may bring. This module will enable you to develop life-long learning skills that will benefit
your future research projects and research career pathway.

More information

AC7062 -

MRes Dissertation (Core,90 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a research study that contributes to knowledge and understanding in your field of practice. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your skills as an independent researcher and research leader during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to communicate your research plans in both written and oral form and then use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study. Finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AC7058 -

Contextualising Research (Core,30 Credits)

On this year-long module you will learn a variety of key skills (both practical and theoretical) which underpin the contexts of research. These will be delivered to support / complement the other methodological / impact modules on the MRes Healthcare Professional Practice. You will be given the opportunity to explore your own research interests and potential questions, whilst developing them into a viable research project. This will then allow you to explore the contextual factors of your potential research project in a way that is tailored to meet your own methodological and research interests. It will result in the production of a proposal which can then be taken forward to the dissertation module. You will be given the opportunity to learn topics such as:
• Epistemology and ontology of research
• Developing a research question
• Project management
• Mixed methods research
• Ethics and governance
• Co-production
• Public and patient involvement
The aims of the module are to both help you to understand and develop your own research project, and also have the opportunity to carry out some of the key skills required with support of the tutor. This will help you understand the overall journey of a research project, from inception to dissemination, and enable you to experience the practical and logistical skills required to successfully complete a research project.

This module will enable you to develop the professional and reflective skills needed to be a good researcher that will underpin your future research and professional practice.

More information

AC7059 -

Quantitative Research Methodology and Design (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn theoretical and practical skills in relation to quantitative research in healthcare professional practice. You will explore the research contexts in order to understand the appropriate use of different quantitative research methodologies and methods. Using publicly available data, you will be enabled to understand how to input, analyse, and present quantitative data using contemporary research software analysis techniques. By the end of this module you will be able to critically interpret statistical quantitative results, and systematically review the ethical and legal implications of research findings within a wider world view.

More information

AC7060 -

Qualitative Research Methodology and Design (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a comprehensive understanding of qualitative research methods, from inception to dissemination. Throughout the module, you will engage with research experts to conceptualise research being undertaken at the forefront of academia and practice.
By the end of this module, you will be able to critically evaluate qualitative theories and methodologies. You will develop understanding of qualitative research processes and the rationale for their use, by critically engaging with research and research outputs covering both traditional and novel research methods. You will understand research sampling and recruitment, and you will undertake, and critique, qualitative data collection and analysis, in order to be develop skills enabling you to conduct your own qualitative research. You will also be introduced to qualitative analysis software.
This module will further prepare you for your dissertation module.

More information

AC7061 -

Research Impact and Influence (Core,20 Credits)

The main purpose of research within healthcare is to ultimately have a positive impact on patient care and/or health outcomes, but what is impact and how can it be measured? This module will help you to evaluate the whole concept of impact and influence within health research. The module will start by examining impact, i.e. what it means and how it can be measured at multiple levels within health and social care. You will have the opportunity to review impact case studies and critically debate with your peers the elements that determine the greatest impact and influence on clinical practice. You will critically appraise your role as an insider researcher and be able to recognise how your role will influence your research, from developing your research question to dissemination and impact of your findings. Ensuring you have the necessary time and resources is critical in conducting a successful research project and so within the module you will examine the importance of research funding, identifying funding opportunities and developing grant applications. You will explore methods on how to promote your research, including examining the use of technologies and benefits of networking. Dissemination is a vital part of your research and you will critically explore why and how to disseminate your finding. As part of this you will also develop practical skills around producing abstracts and posters, delivering oral presentations and writing for publication. Finally, you will explore different research career pathways and examine the opportunities and challenges these different roles may bring. This module will enable you to develop life-long learning skills that will benefit
your future research projects and research career pathway.

More information

AC7062 -

MRes Dissertation (Core,90 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a research study that contributes to knowledge and understanding in your field of practice. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your skills as an independent researcher and research leader during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to communicate your research plans in both written and oral form and then use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study. Finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

More information

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