Professional and Research Skills

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module overview

The aim of this module is to prepare students undertaking the research project (60 or 30 credit module), and for those interested in developing their academic clinical careers. The module will support students to develop their knowledge, skills and experience of the role of research and development in the NHS in improving patient care and service delivery.

The module will introduce the student to the ethical and governance frameworks within which genomic research is undertaken and a range of research methods and approaches. Students will be required to make effective use of information and critically appraise and draw on evidence to justify and defend their judgements. Students will also develop their knowledge of how to communicate scientific messages to both scientific and non-scientific audiences including patients and the public.

This Module is compulsory for students taking the 30 credit Dissertation (Module 4)


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Three days on campus, complementing a substantial component of distance learning delivered through the Virtual Learning Environment.

Module dates

23 Feb, 2/23/30 Mar, 20 Apr 2021


The module will be assessed via an extended essay. For those taking the module as a stand-alone option, you need only take the assessment if you require the University credits. 

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead: 

University staff

NHS staff

  • Dr Samantha Butler
  • Dr Pauline Rehal
  • Dr Ewan Griffiths
  • Dr Trevor Cole



This module can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.  

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background.  

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information at

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