Taught course

Research Methods for Health

University of Aberdeen · College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually need to possess a health-related honours degree (at a second class level or at least 60% or GPA – 3/5; 2.4/4; 6/10 OR equivalent) or be able to demonstrate evidence of equivalent experience in health care practice/research. They will also require reliable internet access.

Months of entry


Course content

The PgCert programme aims to provide you with the framework and methodological skills to design effective, rigorous, ethical and relevant healthcare research projects. This involves being able to:

  • Critically appraise research evidence (including systematic reviewing)
  • Develop a precise research question and articulate and justify an appropriate study design
  • Select a suitable statistical method for analysis and interpret the findings

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of research design
  • Epidemiology
  • Evidence-based health
  • Applied statistics

Find out more about courses

The programme offers a fully flexible, participatory learning opportunity enabling you to:

  • study while working
  • learn at your own pace
  • review material as often as you require
  • incur limited financial costs
  • study only the modules you are interested in

It is aimed at healthcare professionals, policy makers and early career researchers who would like to improve their health research skills but are unable to take time out for full-time study and/or want to avoid relocating.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
6-24 months
full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Debbi Marais