About This Course
The Masters by Research programme is embedded in the ‘Implement@Bangor’ which has a particular focus on studying and undertaking implementation, with particular attention to service improvement, quality assurance and the application of implementation to increase the use of evidence in practice. ‘Implement@Bangor’ also benefits from being part of the distinctive range of multidisciplinary expertise within the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) that will support students on the programme. As part of the research centre there is a vibrant group of multidisciplinary postgraduate research projects examining a wide range of areas linked to implementation science. The Masters by Research programme will provide a dedicated route for high calibre students who want to carry out clinical, health or social care research focused on implementation science. This includes a focusing on a range of implementation approaches, realist inquiry and engagement in a range of health services research. ‘Implement@Bangor’ centres on using a range of implementation approaches, including Realist Evaluation and Realist Review. Its aim is to create knowledge of what works and why. This underpins the postgraduate programme.
‘Implement@Bangor’ and the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) have partnership arrangements with a range of health and social care organisations, including the NHS, Local Authorities and industry. This enables postgraduate researchers to establish links within an applied context.
What will you study on this course?
The MSc by Research is available for full time (1 year) or part time (2 year) study on-campus or via distance learning from within the UK or internationally. The course requires the student to undertake a substantial piece of independent research at the cutting edge of implementation (180 credits at Level 7).
There will be opportunities to undertake taught modules at postgraduate level (available also as e-Learning courses) as well as attend workshops and courses provided for postgraduate research students at Implement@Bangor, the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) and the University’s Doctoral School. Any additional taught modules and courses will not count as credits towards this or any other qualification but, if identified as being of developmental value by the student and the supervisory team, will provide the extra skills and knowledge needed to undertake postgraduate research.
Students will be able to choose a relevant area of inquiry that is consistent with the research themes at ‘Implement@Bangor’ that addresses their professional or organisational goals. Agreement on the research question will require discussion with the supervisory team.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The assessment will focus on the completion of a thesis consisting of up to 50, 000 word that will not require a viva voce. The thesis may be completed as either a narrative or a ‘two-paper’ format. The ‘narrative model’ presents a traditional format of chaptered thesis which reflects the selected approach broadly consisting of an introduction, literature review, methodology and study design, results and discussion chapters. The ‘two-paper’ format consists of a thesis organised around two distinct elements that represent prospective or submitted papers for journals with additional introductory and discussion chapters. It is the normal expectation that the independent research completed for a Masters by Research should be of a publishable standard in a high quality peer-reviewed journal. Students will be supported in preparing for the examination process.
Any modules undertaken during the Masters by Research (Implementation) will not require the completion of assessments such as assignments. Teaching and learning is supported through lectures, seminars and e-learning platforms.
Admission by undergraduate degree: Successful completion of Bachelor degree (Min 2:2).
Admission by Experience - Mature student status: A candidate may be considered for acceptance provided that they have relevant work experience and have strong references and personal statement. Usually, under such circumstances, the candidate would be invited for an interview where circumstances allowed (e.g. face-to-face, Skype, telephone).
English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 on all components OR specific English language country requirement AND application must include personal statement.
The Masters by Research (Implementation) provides an excellent research-based training with exposure to a dynamic multidisciplinary environment at ‘Implement@Bangor’ and the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR). This provides a sound platform for a future career in the area of health and social care research. It also presents an opportunity to explore a contemporary area of health or social care related to ageing and/or dementia that has relevance to organisational contexts.