Clinical Research - Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) Framework MRes/PGDip/PGCert

Start date
October
Duration
1 week blocks and distance learning
Course Type
Postgraduate, Combined research and taught, Taught
Fees
Academic fees are covered by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

This framework is designed for junior doctors who have been awarded a place as an Academic Clinical Fellow. It meets the requirements set out by NIHR for accredited academic experience, whilst leaving the student free to maintain their primary focus on gaining a fellowship (Wellcome, MRC etc).

This framework is designed for junior doctors who have been awarded a place as an Academic Clinical Fellow. It meets the requirements set out by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for accredited academic experience, whilst leaving the student free to maintain their primary focus on gaining a fellowship (Wellcome, MRC etc).

Useful academic training links are NHS NIHR Integrated academic training and West Midlands Deanery academic training 

 

Why Study this Course?

This Academic Clinical Fellows framework will allow you to select academic components which will:

  • develop your skills in relation to project management and research governance
  • enhance your understanding of the range of available research methods and the selection of appropriate tools for statistical analysis
  • inform your particular area of research interest
  • maximise your potential for gaining a fellowship

Modules

Throughout the Academic Clinical Fellows course, you undertake two core modules during the first year of the ACF appointment.

These are both 20 credit modules. Research Methods is delivered by distance learning. Project Management and Research Governance is currently taught in two week blocks of study, however it is hoped that it will be available by distance learning.

There is no requirement to take further modules and some of you may feel that the core modules provide all the academic input you need to enable you to complete your fellowship application.  

However, you can choose to select further modules during your three year appointment from the broad range available within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, relating to either the research process (e.g. advanced statistical methods; qualitative research) or to your particular field of interest. You can also choose to write up your research and submit it for academic assessment.

If you gain a total of 60 credits (i.e. a further 20 credits over and above the core) you are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate: Clinical Research Methodology. If you successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules and 120 credits worth of submitted and approved research, you will be awarded an MRes: Clinical Research.

Fees

Academic fees are covered by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

How To Apply

Students accepted onto the ACF scheme are required to complete a separate university application form, please contact us at the details above to receive the relevant form.

Our Standard Requirements

This masters programme is only available those students who are selected for the ACF programme. Students gaining an ACF post are required to undertake a minimum of 40 credits of set academic modules and are eligible to select modules/complete research leading to any of the above qualifications.

International Requirements



International Students

If you are an overseas applicant and English is not your first language you must provide evidence that you meet our Standard English language requirements.

IELTS - 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in any area.

This Academic Clinical Fellows framework will allow you to select academic components which will:

  • develop your skills in relation to project management and research governance
  • enhance your understanding of the range of available research methods and the selection of appropriate tools for statistical analysis
  • inform your particular area of research interest
  • maximise your potential for gaining a fellowship