The Major in Research Methods offers a comprehensive understanding on how evidence in medicine and health care is examined and attained. It provides insight into the processes involved in drug development and preparation of health care policies. The principles of biostatistics are taught and methodological tools are introduced to design, analyse, interpret and critically appraise clinical research.
Specific topics of the Major include:
- Study design
- Sampling methods
- Advanced bio-statistical methods
- Conducting and reporting of clinical trials
- Drug development/regulatory affairs
- Good clinical practice and research ethics
The Major in Research Methods has been designed for candidates with a strong interest in quantitative research methods, scientific computing, policy making and interdisciplinary aspects of health sciences, with the ideal to ultimately improve public health and disease prevention. It prepares for a career as key collaborator in an interdisciplinary clinical research team. This role includes managerial positions in industrial drug development, as scientific expert for health care providers or as consultant for health agencies, amongst others.