An advanced Short Course in Post graduate Research Methods- Quantitative Research Module (PRM 03)

Research Support Centre

Dates: 8th May– 12th May 2017

Venue: ICT Department’s Computer laboratory, College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Blantyre, Malawi.

The University of Malawi’s College of Medicine (COM), Blantyre, will run a one week “Advanced Short Course in Postgraduate Quantitative Research Methods”.The course will be taught by researchers and academics working at COM and research institutes affiliated to COM. It is designed for advanced postgraduate fellows as well as junior faculty. The course will focus onskills relevant to study designs, advanced data analysis, scientific writing and other advanced research skills.

Course Description
A 5-day intensive Module, structured in ten 2.5hr (1hr lecture / 1.5hr practical) sessions. Thiswill be taught by researchers and academics working in epidemiology, statistics and data management from COM and research institutes affiliated to COM. Practicals will use STATA. By the time the students finish this Module they should be able to:

  •  Identify variables for modelling.
  •  Apply specific analysis strategies such as survival methods, poison regression and logistic regression.
  •  Understand principles of clinical trials and how to analyse clinical trials data.
  •  Understand the difference between matched and unmatched case control studies,highlighting advantages and disadvantages and to understand the differencein modelling approaches for the two study designs.
  •  Summarize statistical output in a meaningful way and should be able to write a comprehensive readable scientific report.

Methods of Assessment and credits
No formal assessment.

Duration: one week (no weekend classes)
Fees: US$ 400.00 (Course fee does not include travel and accommodation)
All payments are to be made to the cashier’s office at College of Medicine either in cash or bank deposit to RSC account, details to be provided upon request.

Enrolment: Maximum of 30 participants. Only participants with prior research experience or enrolled in advanced postgraduate training will be eligible.

Registration: To apply, please request a registration form from RSC Training Coordination Unit, email; or

Application deadline: 21st April 2017 (decision feedback by 28th April 2017)