MSc in Clinical Research

The objective of this course is to provide training for the next generation of healthcare workers in the clinical research arena, providing a platform for more enhanced efficiencies in the translation of medical discoveries into clinical practice. Course contributors include senior academics and medical professionals from NUI Galway, Galway University Hospitals and McMaster University, Canada, who are actively engaged in clinical research. Aimed at individuals employed in the healthcare sector, this course has been developed to meet the needs of working graduates who wish to upskill, specialise or change career direction. 

Compulsory course modules are Fundamentals of Health Research & Evaluation Methods, Introdution to Biostatistics I, and Ethics of Health Research. There is also a choice of additional modules including Observational & Analytical Research Methods, Systematic Reviews, Health Systems & Policy Analysis, and Translational Medicine

Admission requirements:

Students must have completed one of the following:

  • Undergraduate degree in Medicine with a minimum of 2nd Class honors, Grade 1
  • Other healthcare-related undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2nd Class honors, Grade 1
  • Biomedical sciences degree with a minimum 2nd Class honours, Grade 1
  • Applications from graduates of non-healthcare related degrees are also considered (minimum of 2nd Class honours, Grade 1) on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants with significant relevant experience will also be considered

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MSc in Biostatistics (Research)

The M.Sc. in Biostatistics is by research and is offered in collaboration with the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway.  Biostatistics is a field of statistics concerned with designing, analysing and interpreting health research.  Biostatisticians are needed in virtually all health sciences disciplines: epidemiology, public health, clinical research, basic medical sciences and health services research. Research areas which rely heavily on biostatisticians include clinical trials, observational studies of disease causation, surveys, evaluation of diagnostic tests and medical imaging studies.  On completion the student will be well-equipped to take on positions as statisticians in government or industry or to continue in a Ph.D. program in Biostatistics.

The aim of this one-to-two year programme is to provide sound training in modern statistical methodology with a focus on the:

  • design and analysis of biomedical and epidemiological studies using modern statistical methods;
  • skills needed to communicate and report statistical results to non-statisticians.

The course has no formal lecture component although students may be asked to attend   lectures, or a short course, if necessary.  The research requirement will involve managing the statistical component of three medical projects (through the Clinical Research Facility) the results of which will form the basis of a thesis. 

The thesis is meant to provide experience of completing a project from the initial stage (design and power calculation) through to the final report. The development of new statistical techniques is not required.  The thesis should however have some innovative aspect to it, such as applying a recently developed technique to a set of data or in a subject area where it has not been routinely used.

This program will be of interest to students with an undergraduate degree in mathematics or statistics who wish to specialise in biostatistics and develop their skills in modern statistical methods.

Admission requirements:

An undergraduate degree in Statistics or Mathematics (with a strong statistical component) with at least an upper second-class honours. 

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