Project Management and Research Governance

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

£740 (when taken as a standalone module)


Project management and research governance is a compulsory 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 module provides an essential overview of the practical aspects involved within project management and research governance. 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 & documentation
  4. Project management, finance and intellectual property
  5. Health & safety and employment within research

Students 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). They will explore the systems involved in securing ethical approval for research and the regulations arising from the Research Governance Framework (DH2005). 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 students to network face to face and online with other students to support each other 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 should 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


20 credits

Module attendance required

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

Module dates

Summer term

  • 22 May 2019 - workshop
  • 19 June 2019  workshop
  • Essay submission: 22 July 2018
  • Results due - 12 August 2019

Autumn term

  • 6 November 2019 - workshop 1
  • 4 December 2019 - workshop 2
  • 13 January 2020 - essay submission
  • 1 February 2020 - results due

Spring term

  • 12 February 2020 - workshop 1
  • 11 March 2020 - workshop 2
  • 27 April 2020 - essay submission
  • 18 May 2020 - results due

Summer term

  • 20 May 2020 - workshop 1
  • 17 June 2020 - workshop 2
  • 20 July 2020 - essay submission
  • 18 August 2020 - Results due

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:

Programme Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4061 

Fee if taken as a stand alone course


Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

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

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