Module Catalogue

MCR8004 : Developing your Career in Clinical Research

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Steve Parry
  • Lecturer: Dr Ruben Thanacoody, Professor Julia Newton, Mrs Sam Ducker, Professor Lynn Rochester, Dr Kieren Hollingsworth, Dr Debbie Carrick-Sen, Dr Neelima Thampy, Dr Hilary Wastell
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module constitutes part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research.

The module aims to familiarise students with a range of practical issues surrounding different forms of clinical research and with enhanced principles of research governance. It also aims to enhance the knowledge of the science behind research at an international level and allow students to reflect on their academic career. The module is designed to prepare students to plan and conduct original clinical research by providing them with specific knowledge and enabling them to develop understanding of the subject as well as a portfolio of skills to this end. The module will also provide students with knowledge of legal requirements for performing research outside the UK and provide enhanced knowledge building upon that obtained in the Postgraduate Certificate.

Outline Of Syllabus

Current legislation and the law - the European perspective.
Post marketing surveillance.
The science of research - Understanding the 'OLOGIES'.
The Academic Career journey - how did I get where I am today.
Managing intellectual property.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:007 lectures of varying length.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:006 practicals of varying length.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice191:0019:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work211:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity211:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study241:0024:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This will be a mainly didactic module. Students will In lectures, students will learn fundamental principles of research governance and Good Clinical Practice as they apply to current clinical research. The final seminar has been planned as a debate on ethics. The tutorial is designed as a formative feedback session on the assessment of research applications. The practical sessions will allow students to develop the relevant knowledge and skills of clinical research laboratory work.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation21M40Fantasy Career Academy: Presentation of Proposed Career Development Pathway. 2 minutes. 1 slide.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Interview Essay: 1000 word essay based on interview with a Clinical Researcher relevant to Clinical investigation learning.
Essay1M30Finch and Walport report: 1000 word essay comparing Finch and Walport reports.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will develop two pieces of written work of 1000 words each that focus on new knowledge acquired during the face to face learning. These will be related to current legislation, governance, local and national regulations and the need for good practice. The presentation will be a discussion of their own research idea in the context of good practice and all of the other issues that they will need to satisfy. This will be the development of novel research ideas based upon the new ‘ologies’ described in the course. These will be assessed in and formative feedback given in the tutorial. Written communication, planning and organisation and information literacy are all practiced and assessed in the essay and the oral presentation, whilst the oral presentation per se allows the practice and assessment of interpersonal communication in both a verbal and computer based format in addition to these other skills. Computer skills, adaptability are practiced throughout these assessments for example use of powerpoint and word etc..,

Reading Lists