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The Royal Marsden School

Research Applied to Clinical Practice



Delivery method


Academic credits and level

15 credits at level 7

Entry requirements

Students need to be on a Masters pathway

Course availability

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Course summary

Working at an advanced level in healthcare provision requires staff to have an in-depth knowledge of the research process. Working at Masters Level involves not only being able to understand the research process but also developing the skills needed to be able to design and conduct research. This includes understanding the key principles of clinical audits and service evaluations and their role in furthering evidence-based practice as well as understanding the processes involved in empirical research. 

This module will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills required to understand and use research to explore, influence and further develop evidence-based cancer practice. Students will have the opportunity to critically review research methodologies and their application to clinical practice.  Students on this module will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research, including a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject.  The role of clinical audit and service evaluation will be critically explored together with its application to the current health care context. 

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Key topics

  • Research paradigms and methodologies
  • The role and design of service evaluation and clinical audit
  • Sampling
  • Research tools
  • Ethical issues of research design and audit
  • The role of research in current healthcare delivery

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module at Level 7 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically examine the key methodologies that underpin service evaluation and research in healthcare, health services and health systems
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to healthcare enquiry
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the process of accessing, reviewing, and interpreting evidence
  • Critically understand the differences between research, service evaluation and Quality Improvement (QI) and their application in clinical practice
  • Examine the role of patient and public involvement in healthcare research


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Entry requirements

Students can only take this module if they are currently studying on a Masters pathway with the School. Please contact the School if you wish to discuss. 


Level 7: 3,000-word critical review of research

Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support are also available from the module leader/personal tutor. 

The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. 

To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Related pathways

This module can only be taken by students undertaking one of the following pathways: