Taught course

Research Methods (Health)

University of Nottingham · School of Nursing and Academic Division of Midwifery

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Entry requirements

To apply for the MA Research Methods you should have a first or upper-second-class honours degree or equivalent and an interest in research.

Months of entry


Course content

With a maximum of 16 places on offer (including both NIHR and self-funded students), the course fosters a close-knit, highly motivated and supportive study environment. It is ideal for those working within healthcare, or preparing for PhD doctoral-level studies.

The course provides the in-depth skills required to understand and/or carry out research in healthcare, alongside offering an interdisciplinary learning environment embedded within the University’s Economic and Social Research Council funded Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC DTP), taught by colleagues from politics, the social sciences and health. As healthcare is a multi-disciplinary practice, exposure to learning opportunities outside healthcare both broadens and deepens the learning experience.

The emphasis throughout is on linking theoretical and methodological understandings with practical experience of research design and implementation. Students will learn a variety of methodological techniques (for example qualitative and quantitative approaches) and research techniques (such as interviewing or advanced statistical analysis), alongside developing their ability to critique evidence, which is required for making informed policy decisions and clinical recommendations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    2 years part-time (NIHR funded); 2-4 years part-time (non NIHR funded).

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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