Research Methodology (eLearning)
About this module
This module explores key concepts which underpin evidence-based surgery whilst providing tools to plan, undertake and analyse clinical research. Even if your interest is not research oriented, this module covers essential skills for critically appraising clinical literature and will enable you to make more informed decisions.
- 6 PG Cert credits
- 20.00 CPD points
Member Discount 10 %: £270.00
PGCert Student Discount 15%: £255.00
- Take this course as part of PG Cert in Surgery for £255 (15% discount) or if you are an RCS member for £270 (10% discount)
- You will have access to this module for 6 months, which you can extend for an additional 6 months for £100.
- Upon completion of your module, you will obtain a certificate of completion for this module.
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Independent module or blended learning
You can take this module as part of the PGCert in Surgery, designed for FY1-2 & CT1-2.
You can also take this module as a standalone online course at any stage of your career.
To be eligible, candidates need to have successfully completed an undergraduate medical degree and have access to an Educational / Clinical Supervisor.
You will cover topics including:
- Introduction to Surgical Research
- Reviewing the Literature
- Study Design
- Research Ethics and Integrity
- Basic Statistics
- Scientific Writing
After completing this research Methodology module, you will be able to:
- Appraise scientific literature critically, identifying sources of bias and confounding.
- Demonstrate how to design, analyse and deliver a high-impact piece of surgical research.
- Construct your own approaches to answer key research questions in your chosen field.
- Apply basic statistical tests and principles in order to present data effectively.
- Write clear and concise scientific articles for presentation and publication.
- Prepare for incorporating research into clinical practice by gaining National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Good Clinical Practice Certification (GCP), a well-recognised research qualification in the United Kingdom.
This is an interactive online module within the innovative RCS eLearning platform. This format means you can study using any device, whenever and wherever it suits you.
You will have access to this module for 6 months, which you can also extend.
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