Our MSc Health Research can be studied either on a full-time basis over 1 year, or via modular, credit accumulation which would take between 2 and 5 years.
This course offers advanced training in key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. During your studies you will combine perspectives from sociological and health research methods, enabling you to investigate complex health related issues using both quantitative and qualitative methods
The course includes opportunities to learn from experienced staff in the School of Health and Social Care and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). Modules on statistical analysis and survey design will develop your quantitative research and analysis skills, including training with statistical analysis packages e.g. STATA.
This will be complemented by modules on qualitative heath research and theory in health research. You will also have the option of completing a placement within a research institution to gain valuable work experience. Overall you will leave the course with a combination of practical research skills, the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data, along with a theoretical understanding of health research that will enable you to ask and explore important sociological and health related questions.
This programme should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health-related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.
The programme is also an appropriate continuing professional development option for health and social care professionals who are interested in making research part of their future career. Because the course can be taken on a modular basis it can be completed whilst in full-time employment.
Our staff are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.
We are delighted to be the first department in the University to have obtained the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality. This award recognises initiatives we have in place such as our mentorship system, our additional promotion of flexible work and study options, and our work to recognise the barriers to opportunity for BAME and LGBT members of our community.
We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.
This course also lends itself to progression onto our PhD programmes.
A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.
A degree with an overall grade of 2.1.
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study on a modular basis, the modules can be taken over 2-5 years.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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