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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.

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  • 6 PG Cert credits
  • 20.00 CPD points
6 PG Cert credits
20.00 CPD points
Standard fee £300.00
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. 
  • Please take a look at our Terms & Conditions if you need to cancel your access to this module.

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This module is run through RCS e-learning as a standalone module, part of a course or part of a PG certification.
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Independent module or blended learning

If you're are taking this module independantly or as part of a course you can access your progress and continue the module via RCS e-learning.

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Via PG Certification

If you're are taking this module as part of the PG certification you can view your progress and continue the module via the PG cert dashboard.

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Suitability

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Format

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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Associated courses

Receive PGCert credits for successfully completing selected courses. (The range of courses and dates are subject to availability).

 

Train the Trainers (4 credits)

Students and a teacher at a seminarThis popular course will develop your skills as a surgical educator, improving your approach to planning, developing, delivering and evaluating surgical training.

This course is suitable for: FY 1-2 and CT 1-2.

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You will be awarded 4 PGCert in Surgery credits upon successful completion of this course

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Our location

The education team is based in the main RCS building in London. To visit us, take one of the lifts opposite the Council Room to Floor 4. Our reception area will be directly in front of you.

Location

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

WC2A 3PE