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Health Research


The Health Research programme is for those intending to go on to a career that includes health-related research. This includes those aiming for a PhD and those wanting to undertake high quality research as part of their professional practice in healthcare.

The programme is carefully structured, developed and delivered by experts in their field of research, often drawing on individual research experience. The programme covers research methods, statistics and broader research skills.

Who is the course for?

Our students have included graduates from a range of disciplines who have an interest in health. This includes:

  • Biology
  • Organisation science
  • Behavioural science
  • Social sciences
  • Education
  • Medical and health sciences

We also have health professionals on the course who have an interest in undertaking research as part of their professional practice.

Course structure:

The programme consists of two parts: formal teaching and an individual research dissertation.

For the MSc you will complete a total of six taught modules and a dissertation. The taught modules will include three core modules and at least two core option modules from the list below. For your sixth module you can either complete a third core option module or you can complete one optional module from the list below. Your dissertation will consist of an independent piece of research on a health topic of your choice, supported by an experienced dissertation supervisor.

The dissertation can help you prepare to undertake a PhD or, if you are a health professional, enable you to initiate research within the healthcare context where you work.

Core modules

Core Option modules

Optional modules

A range of optional modules is available subject to approval by the Course Director. Students will be expected to check the timetabling of these modules to ensure dates do not clash with other module commitments. Please note, not all of the modules listed below are necessarily on offer in any one academic year. Students should ensure optional modules are chosen to achieve an appropriate number of CATS points. Advice can be provided by the Course Director and co-ordinator.

Other optional modules available within the WMS taught postgraduate/CPD framework may be taken, subject to entry requirements and approval by the Course Director.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma are required to successfully complete three core modules, at least two specialist option modules and up to one optional module

Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate are required to successfully complete three core modules.

Entry requirements:

We welcome applications from graduates with at least a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject.

We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years’ work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

International students will be required to show sufficient competence in English (IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing and no component below 6.0).

Teaching methods:

Teaching is through seminars and lectures and includes a dissertation - an extensive piece of work that you will choose, research and write with individual supervision from your tutor.


Most of the modules are assessed by a 4,000 word written assignment.

Your dissertation will need to be an original work of 15,000-20,000 words on a topic agreed with your supervisor.

Student opinions:

"Currently I have completed four modules on the Research Methods in Health Sciences Course - The course has been challenging but thoroughly worthwhile. It teaches students to question the norm and evaluate practice through critical eyes. All the modules complement and guide you towards the ultimate goal of achieving the skills necessary to produce research within the health sciences.

"The staff and lecturers have been brilliant and provided a very structured learning environment, with a wide range of experiences from both students and staff that benefits everyone. I am looking forward to my second year!"

Catherine Richmond
Research Associate/Nurse

Key Facts


Jas Kaur, Dolores Towers

Course Leader: Frances Griffiths

Study mode: Part-time/Full-time


MSc (180 CATS):

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part time: 3 years

PGDip (120 CATS) Part-time: 2 years

PGCert (60 CATS) Part-time: 1 year

Qualifications: MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Location of Study: University of Warwick

How to apply