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Ph.D. in Structured Population and Health Services Research Education

Programme Learning Outcomes for Ph.D. (Clinical and Translational Research) (NFQ Level 10, Major Award) 
The primary learning outcome of this thematic structured Ph.D. is that of all Ph.D. degrees, i.e., the generation of new knowledge in the field which is publishable in whole or in part as a work of serious scholarship. The degree will accordingly be awarded solely on the basis of the thesis. 

In addition, consistent with the national understanding of the goals and objectives of structured Ph.D. education, the inclusion of a formalised programme of structured training and education undertaken in parallel with the thesis research adds several learning outcomes which ultimately enhance the breadth of education and in particular the career opportunities of the doctoral graduates. 

In this case, on successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Conduct patient-focused and disease-oriented research demonstrating a high level of discipline-specific skill developed through coursework, placements and the conduct of independent research;
  • Describe the requirements of good laboratory practice and good clinical practice and the maintenance of a laboratory book;
  • Illustrate a deeper understanding of practical translational research through laboratory rotations in disease-oriented research groups;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of patient-focused research studies and clinical trials following a placement in a Clinical Research environment;
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively in maintaining a three-way 'dialogue' between bench, bedside and business so that real clinical outcomes result from the research activity;
  • Describe in detail the translation of innovative research to the clinical and commercial arena;
  • Demonstrate awareness of the development and protection of Intellectual Property;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the regulatory environment governing the commercialisation of patient-oriented research;
  • Demonstrate a high level of generic skills in management and communication of research.


Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical and Translational Research (NFQ Level 9, Major Award) 

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of patient-focused and disease-oriented research methods;
  • Demonstrate a high level of discipline-specific skills developed through coursework and placements;
  • Describe the requirements of good laboratory practice and good clinical practice and the maintenance of a laboratory book;
  • Illustrate an understanding of practical translational research through laboratory rotations in disease-oriented research groups;
  • Critically discuss the complexity of patient-focused research studies and clinical trials following a placement in a Clinical Research environment;
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively in maintaining a three-way 'dialogue' between bench, bedside and business so that real clinical outcomes result from the research activity;
  • Describe the translation of innovative research to the clinical and commercial arena.