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MRes Health and Care

Group of students

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

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for graduates from a range of disciplines who have an interest in health and care. This includes:

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

The course is also suitable for health and care professionals 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 MRes you will complete a total of three taught modules and a dissertation. The taught modules will include three core-option modules from the list below. Your dissertation will consist of an independent piece of research on a health or care topic of your choice, supported by an experienced dissertation supervisor.

The dissertation will provide you with an opportunity to explore a research topic of your choice in depth, applying your knowledge and skills gained through the taught modules. It can help you prepare to undertake a PhD or, if you are a health or care professional, enable you to initiate research within the health/care context where you work.



Before completing the course, you will undertake our Induction and Professional Development module, introducing you to all the underpinning regulations, guidance and support available to you during your postgraduate study.

Core Option modules


Optional modules

Where there is strong justification, you may choose a Master's level module from across the University available in the relevant year of study as your third module. You must take advice from the course director about your choice to ensure it will provide what you need from your studies. Your module choice is subject to approval by the course director. Students will be expected to check the timetabling of modules to ensure dates do not clash with other module commitments. The following are some suggested optional modules:


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


Modules are assessed by written assignment or a combination of recorded oral presentation and written assignment.

Your dissertation will need to be an original work of 20,000 words on a topic agreed with your supervisor. You will also complete a viva-voce on your dissertation.

Key Facts

Contact: Jenny Harlock


MRes: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time)
PGCert: 1 year

Location of Study: University of Warwick

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