Taught course

Health Research Methods

Institution
University of Birmingham · School of Health and Population Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Enthusiasm and commitment are vital, while formal entry requirements include: usually a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in medicine, a life/ biological science or another relevant subject an interest in health research methods an interest in evidence-based healthcare On a case by case situation, we also consider: other classes of degree and or relevant professional qualifications experience of working in health or a related field Applications are also welcome from UK medical students who wish to intercalate and have completed at least three years of full-time study.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme will equip you with the skills needed to understand the critical elements in planning, undertaking, and analysing research in health care. These are vital skills for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research.

This modular multidisciplinary programme offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Health Research Methods and is particularly suitable for:

  • clinical and allied health professionals (including doctors, nurses, midwives, dietitians, physiotherapists)
  • laboratory-based scientists wishing to further understand or transition to population-based research
  • graduates looking to launch their career in health research
  • intercalating medical students who have completed at least three years of full-time study
  • those in the commercial health care sector (including the pharmaceutical or devices industries), public sector organisations (including local government), NGOs, voluntary sector and charities
  • foundation skills for postgraduate research programmes (including PhD)

The aims of the course are to provide a world class programme that meets the needs of those wanting or needing:

  • a detailed understanding of the range of methodologies and analyses utilised in applied health research
  • the necessary skills to critically interpret the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies.

You will gain an advanced understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods in a global health care context. The programme provides in-depth knowledge and practical experience of the range of methodologies and analyses applied in health-related research and will enable critical interpretation of the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies.

Why study this course?

  • This programme is run and taught by researchers and lecturers actively involved in leading health research nationally and internationally.
  • The programme has a modular nature which allows the flexibility for participants to shape the programme to fit their needs and teaching takes place in one-week blocks.
  • The programme is delivered in a progressive dynamic environment of up-to-date health research that employs rigour, discipline, and high standards.
  • The University of Birmingham is a thriving and dynamic institution that combines over a century of heritage with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in higher education. It is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions for clinical, pre-clinical and health. Over 90% of Birmingham’s research was rated as world leading or of international quality in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). With world-leading activity across a range of subjects, it remains one of the UK’s most broadly-based research-led universities.
  • The University has a particularly strong track record in Health Research and Health Research Methodology. The RAE 2008 results confirmed its position as one of the largest centres for population sciences and one that of consistent international significance.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
MSc: £7,200 FT/PGDip: £4,800/PGCert: £2,400
International students
£18,900 FT

For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes, providing £2,000 toward tuition fees. Find out more about the MDS Scholarships of Excellence.

For other potential sources of funding, please visit our Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005