Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a relevant second-class honours degree. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level, for example through portfolio or by evidence of recent professional development. Applicants will normally have a background in Health related profession (e.g. Nurse, O.T. Physiotherapist, Social Worker).

Months of entry


Course content

The course provides training in research skills and methods to increase the capability of health care professionals to undertake both primary and secondary research and service development. The aim of the course is to develop practitioners who can function at an advanced level of practice and provide leadership in the planning and evaluation of improvements in health care. The course is suitable for health care professionals and administrative or managerial staff who have an interest in health care practice or education. It is likely to appeal to practitioners undertaking career development in consultant, advanced and specialist roles, who want to learn R&D skills focusing on applied research designs and methods to evaluate health care provision. The course stresses relevant and practical research competencies used for positive impact on practice and dissemination of research findings. It includes modules which aid netting research evidence, undertaking empirical research and disseminating findings.

Fees and funding

Students either self fund or employers pay from professional development, quality assurance or research budgets. Some students also have awards for the research training component.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Post-registration Recruitment
+44 (0) 1772 893 836