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Research Training

Research training is available at all levels, from half-day sessions to doctoral and post-doctoral opportunities.

Glasgow Clinical Research Facility offers excellent short, focused training in a diverse range of topics – applying for ethical and R&D approvals, preparing posters and presentations and abstracts, undertaking literature reviews etc. The courses are free to all NHS GGC staff.

Academic courses

The options for research training are confusing and it may be difficult for you to decide the best option for yourself. Get in touch with the contacts for courses in the universities concerned to get more detailed information to help you decide. The RCN provide information about research training throughout the UK, including Scotland. The RCN also provide information about e-learning opportunities.

All Masters courses (one year full-time or more usually two years part-time) include a research module and a dissertation. This usually consist of writing a research proposal and undertaking a small study, but may comprise undertaking a systematic review of the literature.

The Masters Degree in Research (one year full-time of more usually two years part-time) is completely focused on research.  You undertake a small study and select short courses from a selection of options. You may be able to build on this to complete a PhD.

Master of Philosophy degree (usually two  years full-time or four  years part-time ) is more theoretical than the MRes but less so than the doctorate.

Doctorates are of two types.

Professional and clinical doctorates comprise taught modules in research but also include other topics related to clinical practice and service delivery. This may be suited to nurses and midwives who wish to progress their career in clinical practice, management or professional leadership.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the most academic research degree. Courses taken are all focussed on the research process, and the thesis is longer and more theoretical than for other research degrees. Nurses and midwives who intend to pursue an academic career or who may wish to apply for post-doctoral training should pursue this option.