Taught course

Health Research and Statistics

University of York · Department of Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is focused on helping you gain the skills you need to undertake analytical research in the fields of healthcare, medicine, or social sciences.

The course is very broadly applicable and you will be given the chance to get hands-on with real datasets, as well as getting to grips with the theory behind the practice.

This course is very flexible, with some of the modules being available as distance learning options - so you don't necessarily need to come to campus the whole time you are studying with us, making it a great choice for those who wish to work alongside furthering their studies.

Based in the Department of Health Sciences, which boasts an international reputation for health services research, you will undertake analyses for a variety of health related data using suitably chosen software packages.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to carry statistical analyses using appropriate software on real data sets. You will also have the skills to present statistical work in a report format. If you take the optional modules focused on statistics, you'll learn how to use the statistical packages, SPSS and STATA, and carry out complex analyses on ordinary as well as hierarchical and clustered data.

If you choose a range of methods modules you will gain the skills to be able to, for example, carry out systematic reviews including a meta-analysis, write a protocol for a randomised controlled trial, carry an economic analysis, or gain further insight into epidemiological study designs. These are skills that will enhance your ability to carry out and evaluate research in your workplace.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321321