The Health Research programme is for those intending to go on to a career that involves 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 MSc Health Research running (2023-24) has the course structure described below. We are no longer accepting full time students for the MSc Health Research, and currently developing a new version of the course for 2024 entry. We are in the process of changing the structure to increase the time students have for hands on research. This will enable students to undertake a larger research project for dissertation which is more likely to have impact and achieve publication in an academic journal. If you are interested in finding out more about this new programme starting in 2024 please register for updates.
Our students have included graduates from a range of disciplines who have an interest in health. This includes:
- Organisation science
- Behavioural science
- Social sciences
- 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.
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 the sixth module you can either take a core-option module or choose a Masters module from across the University that will provide you with at least equivalent credit, subject to advice from and approval by the Course Director. We include some suggested options 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.
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.
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Health Care
- Qualitative Research Methods in Health
Core Option modules
- Design, Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiological Research
- Mixed Methods for Health Research
- Introduction to Health Economics (for Non-Economists)
You may choose a Masters level module from across the University available in the relevant year of study. 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:
- A module from the Warwick Medical School Master's programme
- Approaches to the Digital
- Complexity in the social sciences
- Digital Objects, Digital Methods
- Gender, Imperialism and International Development
- Themes and Methods in Medical History
Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma are required to successfully complete three core modules, at least two core option modules and one core option or optional module.
Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate are required to successfully complete three core modules.
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).
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 15,000 - 20,000 words on a topic agreed with your supervisor.
"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!"
Course Leader: Frances Griffiths
Study mode: Full-time
MSc (180 CATS):
- Full-time: 1 year
Location of Study: University of Warwick
We are delighted to announce that we are able to offer bursaries of 20% of the course fees to eligible full time students wishing to study the Health Research MSc. To find our more and to see if you are eligible please contact the Postgraduate Education team.
Find out what Health Research graduate Hannah thought of the course.