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This course offers allied health professionals an opportunity to build on understanding of healthcare theory and research.


This online short course runs twice per academic year and offers health professionals an opportunity to develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies commonly used within healthcare. With this knowledge of methods of enquiry used to answer clinical questions, they will develop skills in critically appraising and synthesising literature in order to inform and advance the quality of care and service delivery.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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About this course

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This course offers allied health professionals an opportunity to build on understanding of healthcare theory and research by developing skills in reviewing and synthesising the extant literature to advance clinical practice. This course should produce health researchers and employees equipped to implement research evidence into practice.

This course is aimed at health professionals who want to develop skills in critically appraising research evidence for evidence-based practice.

Topics covered are:

  • Introduction to healthcare research:theories and principles; different types of clinical research question

  • Quantitative research methods:RCTs; cohort and case control studies; single case studies; surveys

  • Qualitative methods : interviews; focus groups ; unstructured observation - including sampling, saturation, reflection, analysis and interpretation

  • Evidence-based practice: argument for healthcare to be evidence based; formulating questions; finding research evidence; different types of research evidence;hierarchy of research evidence; systematic review

  • Critical appraisal: exploration of critical appraisal tools; interpreting and making sense of data presented in published research; synthesising and reporting research evidence

This course is professionally recognised by SCoR (Society and College of Radiographers).

Northern Ireland NHS applicants only – if you are seeking a Department of Health (DHSSPS) commissioned place, please DO NOT apply online. To find out if there are commissioned places available for this course, please contact your Trust Manager.

Closing date for applications is 14 December 2018.

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100% Coursework - (1) Online Learning Activities - four tasks (activities and quizzes), (2) Critical appraisal of three research published papers - critically appraise two published research papers using an appropriate appraisal tool, summarising the main findings and methodological quality and briefly discussing any implications and recommendations for practice or further research and (3) Reflection - reflecting on the learning achieved and how this has impacted on patient/client interaction (500 words).


This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 28 January 2019.

Professional recognition

This course is professionally recognised by SCoR (Society and College of Radiographers).

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in an allied health profession subject from a recognised university or an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification.


(a) where applicable (if working in the UK and NI) be eligible for registration with the Health Professions Council and where applicable have continued employment in an area relevant to the course where it is expected that completion of the learning outcomes will require the participant to be working in the particular specialism.

(b) have a minimum of one year’s post-qualification experience (excluding course attendance).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept -

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure: (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from



Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

Module Co-ordinator:​

Dr Helen Irvine

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6377


For more information visit

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences