Building the foundations for your study of translational science and health care innovation
This compulsory introductory module will provide the foundations for deeper engagement with the social sciences in the context of translational medicine and health care innovation. From a mix of learning methods including lectures, small group seminars and individual and group project work, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed for independent study across the programme.
The module will include a brief introduction to key principles of research in the social sciences and look at examples of how these principles are applied in different disciplines, such as health services research, sociology, psychology, and science and technology studies.
It will also briefly introduce underpinning philosophical assumptions and empirical methods for the social sciences, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
You will learn (or refresh) the skills of literature searching, essay writing, critical thinking and presentation. You will consider your options for further modules and become oriented and confident to progress in the course.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 29th September 2023. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
On completion of this module, we expect our students to be able to:
Define key terms, ideas, concepts and methods relevant to the study of health care innovation and translational medicine
Give examples of practical challenges in these fields and appreciate the contribution that different disciplinary perspectives can provide when addressing them
Engage in interdisciplinary discussions about how to address translational challenges in a health care setting
Undertake desk research on a topic, including extracting, critically analysing and synthesising information from a range of written and spoken sources, and come to an informed conclusion
Write a scholarly essay with a high standard of layout and referencing
Research methods and techniques taught in this module:
Introduction to research in the social sciences
Introduction to qualitative research methods
Introduction to quantitative research methods.
Example of case studies to be discussed in this module
- Innovative wound management products: Effective? Cost-effective? Adequately regulated?
- ‘Facts’ in health technology assessment: whose evidence counts?