Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2020 or January 2021. Please register your interest and we will let you know when applications open for September 2021 entry.
This course is also available to be taken as individual CPD units. Contact us to find out more.
MSc Health Research gives applicants the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to design, carry out and report a research study that is clinically applicable, scientifically sound and relevant to patients. Throughout the course you will be able to focus on a health and social care research area that interests you, making it relevant to what you do.
Research is a fundamental part of providing evidence-based health and social care, however, it is important that it is based on areas of investigation that are of relevance to both clinicians and patients alike. This course has been designed to take you through the research process from formulating a suitable research question to designing the study and collecting appropriate data, and reporting the findings to different audiences. All of this will provide opportunities to work with academics and clinicians experienced in conducting health and social care research.
There will be a strong focus on involving members of the public and patient groups in your research. As such, you will be given training on the different ways they can be involved throughout the whole process.
The work you will do as part of this course will provide opportunities for you to create research outputs (e.g. manuscripts for publication) to contribute to a portfolio of research experience suitable for applications related to future research study (e.g. NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship), or to further your career as part of a research team (e.g. research nurse).
If you are interested in pursuing a career that combines research with clinical practice, the HEE/NIHR offer a range of awards* to help your academic career and research development. This funding is often suitable for stand-alone units in this course. Before applying, contact the course lead to discuss the options the MSc Health Research can provide.
*This is an external funding source and applications are made directly to NIHR.
Dr Sharon Docherty, Course Leader
This course has been designed to provide you with a wide range of research experience, which comes together to produce a portfolio of your research outputs that can be used to help further your academic career.
Next start date:
12 months, full-time or flexible as CPD
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2.
Experience or insight into related work/study/research is usually required. Health and social care professionals with non-traditional academic backgrounds will also be considered.
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.