Short course

Project Management and Research Governance

This course provides an essential overview of the practical aspects involved within project management and research governance.

Start date
29 November 2023, 31 January and 20 March 2024
4 days
Home - £1130
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits

Project management and research governance is an optional module in the Clinical Health Research MRes programme and can be taken as a component of other health related courses, or as a stand-alone module.

The content of the module reflects five specific themes surrounding research governance:

  1. Introduction to the science and principles of research governance
  2. Ethics in research
  3. Information and documentation
  4. Project management, finance and intellectual property
  5. Health & safety and employment within research

You will initially consider the development of knowledge in relation to cultural and ethical dimensions of research, and critically consider the theory and practice of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). You will explore the systems involved in securing ethical approval for research and the regulations arising from the UK policy framework for health and social care research (HRA, 2017). This module will also critically review the essentials involved in effective project management including pre-project planning, developing realistic time frames and effective time management.

The module is delivered via online sessions and discussion forums. There will be opportunities for you to network online with other students to support each other's learning. There will also be opportunities to interact with experienced researchers in online discussions of the modules themes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate evidential understanding of the main aspects of research governance
  • Critically analyse professional, transferable and application skills necessary to carry out research in a patient centred manner attributable to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Critically evaluate the project management skills required to undertake high quality research
  • Be sensitive to the risk of vulnerabilities of patients and carers who maybe participating in health related research

Module attendance required

Distance online learning supplemented with discussion forums and individual tutorials on request. 

You will also be required to complete the National Institute for Health and Care Research eLearning course on ‘Introduction to Good Clinical Practice’

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Nikolaos Efstathiou - Programme Lead Health Research (MRes) for nursing and midwifery 
Telephone: +44 (0)121 415 8587 

Stand alone course

This module can be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact the Programme Administrator:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4061 

Fee if taken as a stand alone course

Please contact the programme administrator for the most up to date fee

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

Evidence of ability to study at Masters level if undertaking the module as part of CPD stand alone option.