Research and Evaluation
- Mode of study
- Distance learning
- Medicine and Health Sciences
- Amanda Salt (01782 733570)
- Subject Area
Current emphasis is on developing the research skills of the pharmacy profession in order to provide an evidence base for pharmacy services, particularly research on the quality, outcomes and cost of pharmacy interventions. This is needed in order for pharmacy practice to continue to evolve in response to changing healthcare needs and marketplace competition. In addition the professional development framework of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Faculty includes competencies in research and evaluation as essential for practitioners wishing to develop and gain recognition as an advanced practitioner.
About the course
We have been providing a Professional Master's year since 2007 which has an emphasis on the researching professional as a reflective practitioner. The course is grounded in an individual’s professional practice. It enables pharmacists to focus on an area of interest to them so that they can develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of this at an advanced level and apply their learning to develop their professional practice/services through scholarship, research and enquiry that will, in parallel, enable them to achieve the standards for a Master’s degree. Entry to the Professional Master's year requires satisfactory completion of a postgraduate Diploma award that is associated with one of the relevant Keele programmes, or an ‘equivalent’ postgraduate Diploma award from another university.
We recognised that there was a need to offer a course in research skills with practical experience in conducting a project, that did not require applicants to hold an existing and current PG Diploma. In 2011 the modules that constitute our Professional Master's year were approved by the University as a stand alone PG Certificate in Research and Evaluation.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation , therefore, is a Master’s level course open to pharmacy practitioners who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or equivalent for practitioners working overseas, and who are practising either full-time or part-time.
Students undertaking the Certificate in Research and Evaluation will study in a cohort with those on the Professional Master's year.
Students wishing to continue their studies after successful completion of the Certificate in Research and Evaluation can do so on the Advanced Professional Practice programme, or the Doctorate in Pharmacy (subject to meeting the entrance criteria).
Aims of the course
The Certificate in Research and Evaluation will enable you to focus on an area of interest to you so that you can develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of this at an advanced level and apply your learning to develop your professional practice/services through scholarship, research and enquiry that will, in parallel, enable you to achieve the standards for a PG Certificate degree.
Criteria for admission to the Certificate in Research and Evaluation is as required by University regulations. Normally, a good honours degree in pharmacy, and also membership of the General Pharmaceutical Council is required. The Certificate course is suitable for pharmacists who are working either full or part-time in a practice setting.
Candidates are also admitted on the basis of perceived and potential competence to complete the programme.
English language proficiency requirement
If English is not your first language, you must either:
Hold a degree from a school where English was the language of instruction
Take the IELTS (average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all categories)
Please note that IETLS exams must be no more than two years old at the start of the course for which you have applied.
The delivery media used, outline content and activities for each module are described in the postgraduate module section of the website. You will also attend an Induction Session at the beginning of the course. This will be held ‘virtually’ so there is no requirement to attend Keele.
Teaching and assessment
The Certificate in Research and Evaluation is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide mainly online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you.
The Certificate in Research and Evaluation is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. The Programme is also supported by our network of experienced, practising tutors. You’re not on your own! And, don’t forget the network of other pharmacists on the course whom you can contact. You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact the Certificate focuses on your professional practice, means that you can integrate study and work.
You will be assigned a tutor at the beginning of the course who will support you throughout the course. You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis either on the telephone, virtually or face to face as agreed between you and your tutor.
Assessment is entirely by coursework. Project Protocol Development and the Independent Study Project Report assess ‘thinking’ and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. They also assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. A Reflective Portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.
Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the relevant Course Handbooks. The minimum pass mark is 50%. The summative assessment is supported by a variety of formative assessment activities that include online discussions and formative feedback on elements of the reflective portfolio.
For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes.