Taught course

Health Research (Online)

University of Stirling · Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a degree or degree equivalent from a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling. A professional qualification plus relevant education and/or experience may also be accepted as equivalent. Candidate selection follows consideration of a written application, professional references and possible review of prior academic work or interview.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

There is an increasing need for health professionals to be directly or indirectly involved with a range of research, evaluation, service audit or governance activities. Current policy and practice developments are placing greater emphasis on the Clinical Academic Career pathway and there are now many health professionals with a clinical/practice and research focus to their roles. These developments point to the need for rigorous, high-quality, interdisciplinary and flexible research training programmes to prepare health professionals for these challenging and rewarding roles.

The MRes Health Research provides this. There is a strong emphasis placed on the application of knowledge and skills. The course can be taken as an advanced qualification in its own right, or as excellent preparation for doctoral level study. Stand-alone modules are available for those interested in Continuing Professional Development.

Course Objectives

The MRes Health Research develops skilled and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary healthcare researchers, able to understand and confidently use research techniques appropriate to their practice/subject area. Helping students to become conversant with approaches used by other social and healthcare researchers is also key as well as developing practical research skills, for example, in user involvement and the use of new technologies.

The course builds capacity and capability in individuals, and the healthcare workforce more generally, by promoting lifelong learning. It supports those who wish to access a range of research career pathways, and/or further research training by advancing knowledge, research and practice in different settings. There is a focus on both skills and experience concurrently and an emphasis on proactive team and network collaborations.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill) or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24/36 months
part time
24/36 months

Course contact details

CPD Coordinator
+44 (0) 1786 466 336