Comparison of MSc/PhD Thesis Topics for Clinical Epidemiology

MSc
PhD
Time needed to undertake the research
5 months FTE
1.5 years FTE
Primary data collection
Optional
Advisable
Originality
Preferred
Essential
Innovation potential
Preferred
Essential
Ownership
Preferred
Essential
Publishable project
Preferred
Essential

Examples: note that these examples are not comprehensive
RCT
Exceptional
Suitable
Administrative data
Suitable
Suitable but with wide scope
Reliability/validity of database
Suitable
Not usually suitable
Observational study
Case-control preferred
Any design
Survey
Small survey suitable
Large scale survey
Decision analysis
Suitable in some circumstances
Suitable but with wide scope involving data collection
Meta analysis
Suitable in some circumstances
Rarely suitable
Instrument development
One or two aspects
Entire instrument development and testing