Taught course

Health Services Research

City, University of London · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in a medical/health or social sciences discipline (minimum 2:1 honours degree).

Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial experience in health services will also be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is suitable for professionals from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, including those who have worked in:

  • Medical and allied health professions
  • Local government
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Research institutions and consultancies
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

The competencies that you will develop on the course will help you design, conduct and interpret research that aims to understand or improve specific issues in the organisation and delivery of our health services. The course is particularly relevant for professionals working in the health services who wish to expand their role, or move to a new role, that requires a deeper understanding of research methods and evidence-based practice and policy.

Alternatively, the course provides a stepping stone if you are considering developing your career by pursue an MPhil or PhD- in Health Services Research.

The MSc in Health Services Research will help you:

  • Gain advanced health services research training.
  • Develop new knowledge of theory and research relevant to health services and practice.
  • Understand the implications of professional and contextual issues for health and social care.
  • Conduct and evaluate research to understand and improve service delivery, quality of care and patient outcomes.
  • Explore the multi-factorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions and improve services.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)20 7040 5790