Research course

Health Services Research

Newcastle University · Institute of Health and Society
MSc by researchPGDip by research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a medical, health or social sciences discipline. You can also apply if you have successfully completed the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, or equivalent. If you have a different background you will be considered on an individual basis. If you have non-standard qualifications then you will be invited to an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in Health Services Research in the UK, internationally with the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad), local government, the voluntary sector or academic health care.
You will study:
  • the factors that can influence the health of populations
  • the provision of health and health care
  • research skills
  • how to apply research findings to improve health and the delivery of health care services
One third of the course involves a research project, which is developed in collaboration with staff in the Institute of Health and Society. Your research project will focus on a topic in health services research. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or propose your own research area.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with at least 7.0 in writing). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See the funding and fees tab in the Programme information in our online

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 or 36 months
full time
12 months

PGDip by research

part time
9-21 months

Course contact details

Public Health Programme Team
+44 (0) 191 208 8755