Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCR8001 : Research Governance and Ethics (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Rebecca Maier
  • Lecturer: Mx Jan Deckers, Dr Christopher Morris, Mr Paddy Stevenson, Miss Anne Cook, Dr Jennifer Wilkinson
  • Other Staff: Prof. Stephen Robson
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module aims to familiarise students with the legal and ethical issues surrounding different forms of clinical research and with the principles of research governance. It is designed to prepare students to plan and conduct original clinical research by providing them with specific knowledge and enabling them to develop an understanding of the legislation and the necessary paperwork and permissions required for the clinical research.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Introduction to clinical research
- Overview of research governance framework and legislation
- Good Clinical Practice in research training
-       Process to gain relevant study approvals
- Ethical principles & dilemmas
- History of research ethics
- The informed consent process
- Regulatory compliance during active study and study closedown
- Consumer involvement

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
• describe current legislation relating to different forms of clinical research;
• identify the current issues related to governance in different forms of clinical research;
• comply with local and national regulations and processes for obtaining permissions and approval for clinical research;
• recognize and comply with the need for good clinical practice in research;
• recognize the need for effective governance in clinical research;

Intended Skill Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

• apply knowledge of ethical principles and theories to clinical research projects.
•       prepare and evaluate the required paperwork for real clinical research projects
•       Apply the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) - in the delivery of a clinical research project

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion801:0080:00Preparation for formative and summative assessments.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Ethics, legislation, governance, approvals, PIS sheet, consent form, IRAS applications
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading951:0095:00Reading self-directed.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00Mock ethics committee (2hrs) and completion of online GCP training (5hrs)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In lectures, students will learn fundamental principles of research governance and Good Clinical Practice as they apply to current clinical research. Students will also take part in a practical mock ethics committee.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Production of a completed Consent Form and Participant Information Sheet using a given protocol
Written exercise1M50Complete key questions from a NHS Research Ethics Committee application form using a given protocol
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProduction of a Personal CV using the IRAS Template
Prof skill assessmnt1MPractical IRAS assessment during workshop
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Using a given protocol and Health Research Authority guidance students will produce a research CV (formative), participant information sheet and consent form (summative). They will also launch an application process for research approvals via IRAS (formative) and complete key answers from the application form (summative). All exercises will assess vital skills needed in practical clinical research to become an independent researcher.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.