|Types||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Dates||Sun 9 Oct 2016 to Fri 29 Sep 2017|
|Fees||Click here for fee information.|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Application deadline||Thu 28 July 2016|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 286941.|
This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future. Applications for admisson in October 2016 are now open, the deadline to receive applications by is Friday 29 July 2016 (12 noon UK time).
This progamme is designed to be taken by Academic Clinical Fellows alongside work commitments, the Health Research programme exists in order to enable students to:
- develop skills of research, design and data analysis in both qualitative and quantitative research
- critically evaluate health research
- identify, critically appraise and incorporate the results of medical and social science research into the day-to-day decision-making of clinical, scientific and administrative practice
- apply the principles of evidence-based practice in health care settings
- plan how to implement the findings of research to improve health care
- use theories and principles underpinning clinical research to inform their own research practice.
The programme is delivered through the Department for Continuing Education, with the expertise in curriculum design and teaching drawn from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, and the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School.
The Postgraduate Certificate is normally completed between 1 - 2 years. It consists
of three assessed taught modules and includes thorough introductions to the
principles of evidence-based practice in health, and to study design and research
The two compulsory modules are:
The third module may be chosen from the following list:
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques appropriate
for solving evidence-based health care/health-research problems and be able
to translate (through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and
disadvantages) that understanding into good clinical practice
- demonstrate a range of research skills enabling them to complete research successfully,
either as part of a research team or as an individual
- acquire, interpret and analyse biological information with a critical understanding
of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of the existing
primary literature in the field
- apply skills and expertise gained across the medical and biological sciences
expected of professional researchers
Students will know and understand:
- health-care organizations, their management and the changing context in which
- the ethical issues in health research and research governance
- methods to integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse
sources, when making both individual patient and health-policy decisions in
a wide range of situations
- the key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or
- how to work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements
in the absence of definitive evidence
- research methods and concepts in the field of health and health care.
All graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research will be able
understand the role of most commonly used methods appropriate for specifying
problems through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages
of these methods
express the main principles of some commonly applied techniques
explain the rationale for the selection of tools used in the analysis of
To complete the Postgraduate Certificate students must:
- Attend and complete the 2 compulsory modules and 1 option module.
Students will also be expected to complete three written assignments, usually
of no more than 4000 words, one on each of the chosen modules above.
With the exception of the online modules, the EBHC modules are based on an eight week study cycle. Week One is a preparatory week where you may be required to undertake some pre-reading and to familiarise yourself with the Virtual Learning Environment. During Week Two you are required to attend the face to face teaching week in Oxford. This is followed by an additional six weeks where you are expected to participate in online activities and submit your assignment
This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification
. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
Level and demands
Candidates will, in all but exceptional circumstances be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate with optional
progression on successful completion to the Diploma, provided that a candidate:
- has successfully completed the final year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor
of Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent; or
has an appropriate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a profession
allied to medicine with post-qualification experience
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an approach to their study which
includes demonstrable skills of critical analysis, wide contextual knowledge
and the ability to manage their own time.
Additionally candidates should:
- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows
applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment
to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and
University events and modules
Successful candidates will normally provide evidence of all of the following:
A professional interest in Health Research, evidenced by prior experience,
qualification and work
- Motivation and ability to complete the course
- A clear and well argued understanding of the benefits of the course to the
candidate's current employment and future prospects
Fee rates for the academic year 2016-17
These rates (in pounds sterling) are for the academic year 2016/17 and will increase annually.
- Annual Award Fee: £5,735.00
- Module Fees: £1,740.00
The annual award fee is due for every academic year (or part-year) attended; module fees are due in advance as invoiced. Fees must be paid in accordance with the Terms and Conditions for the programme.
Illustration for full programme (completing in two years, with three taught modules)
(see note 2)
- 2 annual award fees: £11,470.00
- plus 3 module fees: £5,220.00
- Total: £16,690.00
- See the Oxford University website for Home/EU and Overseas classification of students for fees purposes.
- The Illustration is based on the fee rates for the academic year shown; however, fee rates for attendance in future years will increase, so students attending for more than one year should expect the total to be higher than is shown in the Illustration. The exact amount will depend on the fee rates set annually, and upon the years you are in attendance; these are normally published well before the start of each academic year, but for your own budgetary purposes you may wish to estimate a 5% annual increase on fee rates.
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
Modules in this programme
The following modules can be studied as part of this programme: