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Project Management and Research Governance

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module



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 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 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 students to network 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

Autumn term
• 5 October 2020 - 11 December 2020
• Workshops:
28 October 2020 (online via zoom) 13:00 to 15:00 pm
2 December 2020 (online via zoom) 13:00 to 15:00 pm

• Essay submission: 11 January 2021 at 10:00 am

Spring term
• 11 January 2021 – 26 March 2021
• Workshops:
17 February 2021 (online via zoom) 13:00 to 15:00 pm
10 March 2021 (online via zoom) 13:00 to 15:00 pm

• Essay submission: 26 April 2021 at 10:00 am

Summer term
• 26 April 2021 – 18 June 2021
• Workshops:
26 May 2021 (online via zoom) 13:00 to 15:00 pm
16 June 2021 (online via zoom) 13:00 to 15:00 pm

• Essay submission: 19 July 2021 at 10:00 am

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

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 M Level if undertaking the module as part of CPD stand alone option.

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