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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time
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Please note that this course is not recruiting for January 2021, but applications are 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.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021


Lansdowne Campus


12 months, full-time or flexible as CPD

Entry requirements:

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.

Entry requirements

How to apply

There is no application deadline for this course. However, if you will need a visa to come to the UK to study, think carefully about the length of time it will take for your visa application to be processed and make sure your visa will be ready in time for the beginning of your course. 

Click the green ‘Apply now’ button to submit your application free of charge online through myHub, our application portal. You will create your own myHub account so that you can track the progress of your application. Don’t forget to save your application as you go; you can return to it at as many times as you want before you submit it. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green.

How to apply

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change. 

Course changes

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