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Health Research (not recruiting)


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.

Please note this course is no longer recruiting.

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 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.

Core modules

Core Option modules

Optional modules

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:

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.

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 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


Melissa Parkes

Course Leader: Frances Griffiths

Study mode: Full-time


MSc (180 CATS):

  • Full-time: 1 year

Qualifications: MSc

Location of Study: University of Warwick

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Student profile
Find out what Health Research graduate Hannah thought of the course.