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Making a Difference with Research and Science

In this module you will explore a variety of ways in which science and research can extend knowledge, improve practice and answer questions about the world. A theme in the module will be how different aspects of scientific research and its findings can be communicated in a meaningful way to different audiences. A further aspect will be about evidence based practice and how leadership can be important in these areas. In addition students will be introduced to various types of innovation, strategies for managing innovation as well as the importance of networking and open innovation.

You will cover the following topics:

  • Translation and translational research
  • Leadership and models of leadership
  • Management of change in health
  • The nature of impact and how this varies in accordance with context
  • The limits of research and how the field of knowledge can be extended in non-standard situations (for example military medicine in war)
  • The role of health promotion and the need for research communication which is specifically aimed for different audiences
  • Techniques for communication and stakeholder engagement within health science
  • Innovation and thinking creatively
  • Importance of working collaboratively in multidisciplinary research fields

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  1. Communicate topics of scientific interest effectively to a diverse range of audiences
  2. Consider leadership and management of change theories and their application in the field of health and medical sciences
  3. Understand the relationship between fundamental discovery and the concept of translation science
  4. Evaluate the impact and limits of scientific research for health promotion
  5. Understand the challenges faced by healthcare systems and the need for constant innovation

  6. Develop practical and analytical skills required for working in a multidisciplinary healthcare teams

  7. Demonstrate the value of working collaboratively when managing problems in health


17 weeks

Teaching methods

You will learn through a mix of lectures, group discussions, interactive presentations and technology enhanced learning.


1 x personal reflective blog

1 x group management strategy pitch to expert panel