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The MSc in Applied Health Research equips you with the skills necessary to design, implement and publish healthcare research. You gain an in-depth understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods in the healthcare context. Read more
The MSc in Applied Health Research equips you with the skills necessary to design, implement and publish healthcare research.

You gain an in-depth understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods in the healthcare context. You also learn the principles and practices of evaluating health services and understand the theories and application of health economics. You acquire the skills necessary to critically understand the concepts, theories and empirical application of epidemiology. The programme is set in a multi-disciplinary context and promotes best practice and interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare research.

The programme is for practising health professionals or managers wanting to develop their analytical and research skills, or recent graduates looking for a career in health and social care research.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/754/applied-health-research

About the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS)

CHSS is a funded research centre in Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). CHSS is a centre of research excellence which undertakes high quality research into a wide range of health systems and health services issues at local, national and international levels.

CHSS also supports and advises health care staff to develop and undertake research projects. CHSS collaborates with a wide range of partners in Kent, the UK and in other countries to improve the links between research, policy and practice. Led by Stephen Peckham, CHSS’s key strength is the diverse expertise and skills of our researchers. Our staff carry out research in the fields of Primary Care, Public Health, Public Policy, Health Psychology, Palliative Care, Statistics, Public Engagement, Clinical Trials and Health Economics.

Course structure

The MSc in Applied Health Research is designed to be studied over one year full-time or two years part-time. There are three compulsory modules, plus four optional modules. To be awarded a MSc in Applied Health Research students are required to obtain 180 M level credits including the dissertation module which comprises 60 credits.

The programme is divided into 2 stages.

Stage 1 comprises taught modules totalling 120 credits. Postgraduate students are required to obtain 60 credits of core modules, and 60 credits from a choice of optional modules.

Stage 2 students are required to obtain 60 credits through a compulsory dissertation module. You must successfully complete each module in order to be awarded the specified number of credits for that module. One credit corresponds to approximately ten hours of 'learning time' (including all classes and all private study and research). Thus obtaining 180 credits in an academic year requires 1,800 hours of overall learning time.

- Compulsory modules are currently:

Introduction to Applied Health Research; Quantitative Methods in Health Research and Qualitative Methods in Health Research.

With the agreement of the programme director, students will be able to take an elective/wild module as an optional module from across the School (with the appropriate credit volume).

At Stage 2, students are required to complete a 12-15,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

SO900 - Introduction to Applied Health Research (20 credits)
SO954 - Qualitative Methods in Health Research (20 credits)
SO955 - Quantitative Methods in Health Research (20 credits)
SO813 - Sociology of health, illness and medicine (20 credits)
SO950 - Evaluation and Research in Health Services (20 credits)
SO951 - Epidemiology and Public Heath (20 credits)
SO952 - Statistics in Applied Health Research (20 credits)
SO953 - Introduction to Health Economics (20 credits)
SO998 - Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

Assessment for Stage 1 is through: oral presentations; written assignments; seminar contribution; online discussion; reflective learning logs; coursework assignments.

Stage 2 will be assessed by the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- foster the intellectual and professional development of health practitioners and trainee health researchers to develop their knowledge, equip them with analytical and research skills, and extend and deepen their reasoning capabilities to undertake applied research in the NHS and other health care settings

- provide a challenging, high-quality focused learning environment that is competitive with other universities within the region

- offer the opportunity to develop multidisciplinary approaches within an ethical framework that supports best practice within applied health research

- attract outstanding students from within the region, irrespective of race, background, gender and physical disability

- help students develop links from outside of the region and work collaboratively in health research to support their professional practice and in their research careers

- equip students with research skills to strengthen local health and social care economies

- where feasible, give students the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills of health and social care settings within Europe and elsewhere

- enable health practitioners and health researchers to develop skills in higher level reflection in relation to work-based practice

- provide experienced health practitioners and health researchers with opportunities to gain interdisciplinary perspectives through collaborative inter/ multidisciplinary exchange

- develop the critical and analytical capabilities of health practitioners and health researchers in relation to project management, data analysis and interpretation of data

- provide supervision for health practitioners and health researchers to undertake research that builds a culture of critical evaluation and enquiry in the practice environment

- develop opportunity for self-directed learning and reflection

- enable health practitioners and health researchers from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in learning which seeks to capture reflection on experience gained in every day organisational practice.

Careers

Completion of the MSc Applied Health Research will provide you with the skills and practical experience necessary to develop your career in advanced research in the health and social care research context.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we place considerable emphasis on you gaining specialist knowledge in your chosen subject alongside core transferable skills. We ensure that you develop the skills and competences that employers are looking for including: research and analysis; policy development and interpretation; independent thought; writing and presentation, as well as time management and leadership skills. You also become fully involved in the professional research culture of the School. A postgraduate degree in the area of social and public policy is a particularly flexible and valuable qualification that can lead to many exciting opportunities and professions.

Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, journalism, local and central government, charities and NGOs.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations is becoming increasingly important. Read more
Developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations is becoming increasingly important. Our MSc in Applied Health Research will equip you with the skills necessary to develop a career in the health sector or to design, implement and publish healthcare research.

It offers an excellent grounding in applied health research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics.

Our expertise

When you join our department you are joining one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research teams. Our world leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.

Course content

The MSc in Applied Health Research involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Masters programme (180 credits). You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits. The compulsory modules worth 70 credits are:
-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Epidemiology (10 credits)
-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)
-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
-Qualitative Health Research (10 credits)
-Health Economics (10 credits)
-Introduction to Health Statistics (10 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:
-Health and Social Behaviour (20 credits)
-Health Policy - Principles, Practice and the Evidence Base (10 credits)
-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)
-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)
-Infection and Disease (20 credits)*
-Public Health Foundations in Practice (20 credits)*
-Health Research in Practice (10 credits)

* Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice

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This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future. Read more
This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future.

Applications for admisson in October 2016 are now open, the deadline to receive applications by is Friday 29 July 2016 (12 noon UK time).

Description

This progamme is designed to be taken by Academic Clinical Fellows alongside work commitments, the Health Research programme exists to enable students to:

- develop skills of research, design and data analysis in both qualitative and quantitative research

- critically evaluate health research

- identify, critically appraise and incorporate the results of medical and social science research into the day-to-day decision-making of clinical, scientific and administrative practice

- apply the principles of evidence-based practice in health care settings

- plan how to implement the findings of research to improve health care

- use theories and principles underpinning clinical research to inform their own research practice.

The programme is delivered through the Department for Continuing Education, with the expertise in curriculum design and teaching drawn from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, and the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/postgraduate-certificate-in-health-research

Programme details

The Postgraduate Certificate is normally completed between 1-2 years. It consists of three assessed taught modules and includes thorough introductions to the principles of evidence-based practice in health, and to study design and research methods.

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

The third module may be chosen from the following list:

- Clinical Trial Management
- Ethics for Biosciences
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Knowledge into Action
- Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening
- Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- Qualitative Research Methods
- The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics
- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol preparation
- Biological Therapeutics
- Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy
- Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and Pharmacovigilance
- Drug development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging

Course aims

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques appropriate for solving evidence-based health care/health-research problems and be able to translate (through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages) that understanding into good clinical practice

- demonstrate a range of research skills enabling them to complete research successfully, either as part of a research team or as an individual

- acquire, interpret and analyse biological information with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of the existing primary literature in the field

- apply skills and expertise gained across the medical and biological sciences expected of professional researchers

Students will know and understand:

- health-care organizations, their management and the changing context in which they operate

- the ethical issues in health research and research governance

- methods to integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health-policy decisions in a wide range of situations

- the key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty

- how to work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence

- research methods and concepts in the field of health and health care

All graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research will be able to:

- understand the role of most commonly used methods appropriate for specifying problems through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages of these methods

- understand and express the main principles of some commonly applied techniques and methods

- explain the rationale for the selection of tools used in the analysis of phenomena.

Assessment methods

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate students must:

- Attend and complete the 2 compulsory modules and 1 option module.

Students will also be expected to complete three written assignments, usually of no more than 4000 words, one on each of the chosen modules above.

With the exception of the online modules, the EBHC modules are based on an eight week study cycle. Week One is a preparatory week where you may be required to undertake some pre-reading and to familiarise yourself with the Virtual Learning Environment. During Week Two you are required to attend the face to face teaching week in Oxford. This is followed by an additional six weeks where you are expected to participate in online activities and submit your assignment

Level and demands

Candidates will, in all but exceptional circumstances be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate with optional progression on successful completion to the Diploma, provided that a candidate:

- has successfully completed the final year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent; or

- has an appropriate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a profession allied to medicine with post-qualification experience

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an approach to their study which includes demonstrable skills of critical analysis, wide contextual knowledge and the ability to manage their own time.

Additionally candidates should:

- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)

- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and University events and modules

Successful candidates will normally provide evidence of all of the following:

- A professional interest in Health Research, evidenced by prior experience, qualification and work

- Motivation and ability to complete the course

- A clear and well argued understanding of the benefits of the course to the candidate's current employment and future prospects

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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These are modular part-time programmes, particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future. Read more
These are modular part-time programmes, particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future.

It consists of two compulsory modules and four option modules selected from an extensive list of subjects. This provides the students with an opportunity to learn how the principles of health research can be translated into practical actions in selected areas.

The programmes are delivered through the Department for Continuing Education, with the expertise in curriculum design and teaching drawn from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, the Clinical Academic Graduate School and the Department of Statistics.

The two compulsory modules are:

- The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
- Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Three further modules may be chosen from List B
One further module either from List B or List C

List B:
- Clinical Trial Management
- Ethics for Biosciences
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Knowledge into Action
- Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening
- Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Essential Medical Statistics
- The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics
- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol preparation
- Biological Therapeutics
- Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy
- Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and Pharmacovigilance
- Drug development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging

List C:
- Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
- Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication
- Becoming a Medical Educator
- Teaching Evidence-Based Practice
- History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care

Course aims

This progamme is designed to enable students to:

- develop skills of research, design and data analysis in both qualitative and quantitative research

- critically evaluate health research

- identify, critically appraise and incorporate the results of medical and social science research into the day-to-day decision-making of clinical, scientific and administrative practice

- apply the principles of evidence-based practice in health care settings

- plan how to implement the findings of research to improve health care

- use theories and principles underpinning clinical research to inform their own research practice.

- demonstrate an ability to apply health research techniques appropriately for the solution of research questions;

- be able to apply health research solutions in a novel manner when analysing health research problems.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research provides an excellent grounding in health research for anyone wishing to develop a career in the health sector, where the ability to take a critical, evidence-based approach to health problems and solutions is increasingly valued. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research provides an excellent grounding in health research for anyone wishing to develop a career in the health sector, where the ability to take a critical, evidence-based approach to health problems and solutions is increasingly valued.

The course offers students an excellent grounding in core health research methods including systematic reviews, RCTs, epidemiology, applied statistics, qualitative methods and health economics. Teaching is led by senior staff in the department who are acknowledged experts in their fields and the large majority of teaching sessions take place in small groups.

The Postgraduate Diploma can be undertaken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). You will focus on the production, critical appraisal and use of scientifically rigorous research evidence, applied to a range of health-related areas. It is ideally suited to students who do not wish to go on to conduct their own research project.

Training

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme. You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits. The compulsory modules worth 70 credits are:
-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Epidemiology (10 credits)
-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)
-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
-Qualitative Health Research (10 credits)
-Health Economics (10 credits)
-Introduction to Health Statistics (10 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:
-Health and Social Behaviour (20 credits)
-Health Policy - Principles, Practice and the Evidence Base (10 credits)
-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)
-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)
-Infection and Disease (20 credits) *
-Public Health Foundations and Practice (20 credits) *
-Health Research in Practice (10 credits)

* Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice

There may be some flexibility to attend further modules where the timetable allows.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods is aimed at those who want a thorough grounding in research design and appropriate methods for answering research questions. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods is aimed at those who want a thorough grounding in research design and appropriate methods for answering research questions. Students will gain knowledge and skills in identifying research questions, evaluating and critiquing published research in their field of interest, and designing research projects. Common data collection and analysis methods are a key focus of the course. It provides essential training and development to help professionals to develop their research capabilities and capacities, gain funding for their own research, or support others in understanding and undertaking research. Students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods are largely drawn from clinical professions or administrative positions within the NHS but the course is open to all who want to gain a better understanding of health and health services research.

Course structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods comprises of two modules:
-Quantitative Health Research Methods
-Qualitative Health Research Methods

Learning and Teaching

Each PG Certificate programme in The Integrated Health Sciences Suite comprises four taught modules. The modules are mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Typically lectures provide the key concepts and theories whilst tutorials and seminars allow students to work through application of concepts to practice in more detail promoting analysis of theory and reflection on its application. Dependent on the learning objectives of particular modules, case studies, role plays and simulation games are also cooperated to provide experiential based learning. The aim here is to assist students to arrive at new insights into the practical applications of theory. All taught modules also include an expectation that students will learn through structured reading thus obtaining greater familiarity with key texts and a deeper understanding of the subject knowledge generally. Within the seminar/tutorial format of the modules students are required to make oral presentations. These provide opportunities to develop oral and written skills in communicating clearly in an interprofessional manner.

The precise time allocation between lectures, seminars and tutorials is partially dependent on the student numbers in individual modules. Modules with smaller student numbers will tend towards greater reliance seminar formats than modules with larger student numbers (i.e. lecture formats in modules with small student numbers will be interspersed with more interactive and participative forms of learning). All taught modules within the Integrated Health Sciences Suite are taught over 10 weeks with a minimum of two hours of face-to-face contact per module per week. All modules within the master suite are research-based and the importance of research is emphasised in the additional face to face time given to the health research methods modules which are structured for three hours of direct teaching per week per module. Certain subject specific modules within the suite are structured for 2.5 hours of face-to-face teaching per week.

Throughout the programme, all students also have access to an academic adviser who will provide them with academic support and guidance. Typically a student will meet with their adviser two to three times a year.

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This programme will equip students with a recognition of how different scientific disciplines can be used to structure inquiry and develop the evidence base for health services policy and practice; enable students to conduct effective, high quality applied health research through training and practice in relevant research skills. Read more

About the course

This programme will equip students with a recognition of how different scientific disciplines can be used to structure inquiry and develop the evidence base for health services policy and practice; enable students to conduct effective, high quality applied health research through training and practice in relevant research skills.

The course offers a sound grounding in research methods, research practice, and theory as well as developing key transferable skills in research practice, critical appraisal, academic writing, project management, communication and presentation of research, and research management, policy, governance and ethics. Growing emphasis on evidence-based medicine and health care as well as the increased importance of research in professional development means there is growing demand for training in these areas.

Course Modules

The course comprises three core modules plus one optional module and an extended dissertation.

Core Modules are
• Fundamentals of Applied Health Research
• Quantitative Methods
• Qualitative Methods

Optional Modules available are
• Patient Safety
• Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety
• Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare
• Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Students successfully completing only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Research.

Modules shown represent choices available from 2017. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Research, students will be able to:
 - explain good principles of design, conduct, and governance of health-related research;
 - appraise examples of health-related research using both qualitative and quantitative methods;
 - apply knowledge and skills acquired in their own area of practice.

As a result of successfully completing the MRes in Applied Health Research, students will additionally have:
 - practical experience of undertaking a supervised research project, applying the knowledge from taught modules they have studied;
 - experience of research project management, working with a research supervisor and, where appropriate, research ethics and governance procedures;
 - experience of writing a research report in the form of a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation (excluding references and appendices.

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How do we know what we know about a disease and it’s treatment? Our most reliable knowledge derives from appropriate, timely, high-quality research. Read more
How do we know what we know about a disease and it’s treatment? Our most reliable knowledge derives from appropriate, timely, high-quality research.

This programme will equip you with the skills needed to understand the critical elements in planning, undertaking, and analysing research in health care. These are vital skills for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research.

Our modules can be accessed in a variety of ways including as standalone modules (10 or 20 credits each) or through the 60 credit PG Certificate; 120 credit PG Diploma or the 180 credit Masters

If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation, which is only available to those studying for the Masters.

This modular multidisciplinary programme offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Health Research Methods and is particularly suitable for:

- clinical and allied health professionals (including doctors, nurses, midwives, dietitians, physiotherapists)
- laboratory-based scientists wishing to further understand or transition to population-based research
- graduates looking to launch their career in health research
- intercalating medical students who have completed at least three years of full-time study
- those in the commercial health care sector (including the pharmaceutical or devices industries), public sector organisations (including local government), NGOs, voluntary sector and charities
- foundation skills for postgraduate research programmes (including PhD)

The aims of the course are to provide a world class programme that meets the needs of those wanting or needing:

a detailed understanding of the range of methodologies and analyses utilised in applied health research
the necessary skills to critically interpret the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Our programmes offer health professionals with an interest in the research of health and healthcare the chance to gain an internationally recognised qualification in health research skills. Read more
Our programmes offer health professionals with an interest in the research of health and healthcare the chance to gain an internationally recognised qualification in health research skills.

The MSc in Health Research offers introductory research training to health professionals, research staff and research students.

On completion you will have gained:
• the skills for the critical evaluation of published health research which draw from, amongst other areas, information literacy, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, and qualitative research design and analysis
• the skills, quantitative and qualitative, to design research projects that answer questions about health, illness and healthcare
• an understanding of the health research process – including gaining permission to proceed, dealing with ethical concerns, funding, writing, and dissemination
• the opportunity to learn in a lively environment, among a group of participants drawn from all health professions
• the ability to design, conduct, analyse, and write up a research project of your own under supervision.

The course is offered on a part-time basis and makes extensive use of problem-based activities, practical classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation seminars giving you the opportunity to develop and learn from each other’s experiences.

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This course offers an introduction to the key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. Read more
This course offers an introduction to the key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. You combine perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods, and the specific application of these research methods, to the burgeoning health context of an ageing population and increased need for health care.

This programme should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health-related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

On our course, you gain:
-Knowledge of the core areas of social science, organisational studies and health, including health policy, public health, epidemiology and medical sociology
-An understanding of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching issues of health and healthcare
-Advanced training in researching psychosocial aspects of health and wellbeing

Our MA Health Research is one of two programmes we offer that can either be taken simply as Masters-level programmes or alternatively can be used as the Masters element of our ESRC-accredited pathways for our Doctoral Training Centre.

As part of our ESRC-funded doctoral training pathway, your course content, aims and outcomes are closely allied to the ESRC ‘7 Global Research Challenges’ criteria. This currently means that we focus on developing areas of scholarship in terms of the issues of health, well-being and psychosocial issues, understanding individual behaviour and global economic performance, policy and management.

Please note that this course can also be studied via modular, credit accumulation.

Our expert staff

Our staff are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.

Your future

We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.

This course also lends itself to progression onto our PhD Health Research, or our PhD Health and Organisational Research.

A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
-Panel Data Methods
-Qualitative Health Research
-Theory and Method in Health Research
-Introduction to Survey Design and Management
-Legal and Ethical Issues (optional)
-Leadership in Health and Social Care (optional)
-Research Design and Critical Appraisal (optional)
-Applied Sampling (optional)

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This programme builds on the Department of Health Sciences' national and international experience and reputation in Health Services Research. Read more
This programme builds on the Department of Health Sciences' national and international experience and reputation in Health Services Research.

The postgraduate certificate offers you a solid grounding in quantitative methods used in health, medical and social sciences. The programme offers a range of modules in applied statistics and health research including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics. Teaching is offered in a variety of mediums with some modules delivered remotely while others are campus based. The programme provides a hands-on approach to undertake analysis for a variety of health related data using suitably chosen software packages.

After completing the programme, you will be prepared for careers within the ever-expanding, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional field of health and will be well equipped to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired across any disease area, for example, cancer or cardiovascular disease.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics is a one-year, full-time programme or a two year, part-time programme.

Training

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics is a one-year, full-time programme or a two year, part-time programme. You will take taught modules worth a total of 60 credits. The compulsory modules worth 30 credits are:
-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-Health Research Methods (20 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 30 credits from the following:
-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)
-An Introduction to Multilevel Analysis (10 credits)
-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)
-Epidemiology (10 credits)
-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)
-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
-Health Economics (10 credits)
-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)

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There is an increasing need for health professionals to be directly or indirectly involved with a range of research, evaluation, clinical audit and quality improvement activities as part of their practice. Read more

Introduction

There is an increasing need for health professionals to be directly or indirectly involved with a range of research, evaluation, clinical audit and quality improvement activities as part of their practice. Current policy and practice developments are also placing greater emphasis on the Clinical Academic Career pathway and there are now many health professionals with a clinical/practice and research focus to their roles. These developments point to the need for rigorous, high-quality interdisciplinary and flexible research programmes to prepare health professionals for these challenging and rewarding roles.
The MRes Health Research provides this. There is a strong emphasis placed on the application of knowledge and skills. The course can be taken as an advanced qualification in its own right or as excellent preparation for doctoral level study. Students can choose to study for a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master's degree. Stand-alone modules are also available for those interested in Continuing Professional Development.
The course has been designed to suit students from a range of backgrounds. Most students (and graduates) have a health professional qualification e.g. nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, occupational therapy. Other students are from the social care or research sectors. Our students are from across the UK and overseas with most choosing to study remotely online as that offers flexibility around their work and family commitments.

Key information

- Study methods: Online, Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
- Start date: Part-time: September and January - see Full time route: SeptemberStand-alone modules: most modules are available as Continuing Professional Development starting in September or January Please note that full-time route is not advised for those that are in full-time employment.
- Course Director: Dr Nicola Ring

Course objectives

The MRes Health Research develops skilled and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary health care researchers, able to understand and confidently use research techniques appropriate to their practice/subject area. Helping students to become conversant with approaches used by other social and healthcare researchers is also key as well as developing practical research skills, for example, in user involvement and the use of new technologies.
The course builds capacity and capability in individuals, and the healthcare workforce more generally, by promoting lifelong learning. It supports those who wish to access a range of research career pathways, and/or further research training by advancing knowledge, research and practice in different settings. There is a focus on both skills and experience concurrently and an emphasis on proactive team and network collaborations.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
The MRes Health Research is designed for students who wish to pursue a variety of different careers in health where research is a core component and who wish to make a contribution to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social contexts. Most of our students are employed as health professionals whilst they study part-time with us. When they complete their studies most students will stay in their clinical speciality but use their enhanced research skills/knowledge in their roles e.g. by conducting their own research or service evaluations. Other students wish to use their Masters study as preparation for a PhD. Our students have been very successful in gaining recognition for their research work and for winning funding for PhD study.

- Employability
The majority of our students are already working in health or social care prior to commencement and remain employed throughout the duration of their studies.
Our students develop a wide range of transferable skills during their study that make them attractive to other employers e.g. team working; IT skills; literature searching; critical appraisal; presentation skills; writing and data analysis. Many of our students use the MRes as preparation for PhD studies. The MRes has ESRC approval as part of the 1 + 3 years PhD schemes.

- Industry connections
The MRes team consists of experienced health professionals and social scientists. Through their work they collaborate with various national and international bodies.

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The MSc Mental Health Research is suitable for graduates, trainees and professionals looking to acquire specialist knowledge in mental health and develop research skills, with a view to enhancing career progression. Read more

Overview

The MSc Mental Health Research is suitable for graduates, trainees and professionals looking to acquire specialist knowledge in mental health and develop research skills, with a view to enhancing career progression.

On our MSc Mental Health Research you will:

- Develop knowledge and understanding of all the main areas of mental health
- Learn how to design, conduct and write up a research project for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
- Be taught by international experts from across all the main disciplines of mental health
- Learn to critically appraise current research in the field of mental health
- Learn how to work with others from different disciplines, including science, healthcare and education

Course details

This is the first MSc Mental Health Research in the UK to cover a broad range of topics within the mental health field combined with a focus on developing research skills in this field.

The course can be completed on a full-time basis over one year or a part-time basis over two years.

The course consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a further 60 credits are devoted to a research project.

Students can opt to complete the diploma (120 credits of taught modules) or certificate (60 credits of taught modules) instead of the MSc.

Modules

Modules consist of a mix of taught sessions, practical workshops and seminars. Modules include:

- Models and Approaches in Mental Health
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Topics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Systematic Review of Treatment Effects in Schizophrenia
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Topics in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
- Ageing and Dementia
- Forensic Mental Health
- Research Project

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This programme provides professional development for health practitioners and trainees health researchers, developing their knowledge and research skills. Read more
This programme provides professional development for health practitioners and trainees health researchers, developing their knowledge and research skills. You will be taught in a challenging and highly focused environment by expert researchers and health professionals. You will develop core skills that improve your reasoning and ability to undertake applied health research in a range of settings.

The programme is taught flexibly through a combination of lectures, seminars and online teaching, allowing you to study alongside your other commitments and having the additional benefit of you being able to apply your new learning in your current role.The programme has a multidisciplinary approach within an ethical framework essential for today's health practitioners.

Through the MSc Applied Health Research you will gain an advanced understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods in a global healthcare context; a critical and indepth knowledge about the theories and application of health economics; a practical understanding of the principals and practices of conducting health research and a critical understanding of the concepts, theories and empirical application of epidemiology. You will also develop an appreciation of how good research practice, governance, ethics and disemination can be effective in the health sector.

This programme will equip you with the skills you need to design, implement and diseminate relevant, ethical and high-quality research and is essential for anyone wanting to enhance their research skills in the health sector and is ideal for practising health professional or recent graduates looking to launch their career in health and social care research.

The programme is delivered by the renowned Centre for Health Services Studiesm (CHSS) at the University of Kent. CHSS was established in 1989, replacing the Health Services Research Unity and over the past 25 years has produced high-quality research for the health sector. The Centre's research spans a wide range of providers and initiatives from public health and policy development to collaborations on global issues such as heart disease, adolescent alcohol use and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.

CHSS is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research which is recognised worldwide for its research quality and was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School was also placed 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA).

•An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF.
•99% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality.
•The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research, gaining the highest possible score of 100%.

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The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme will enable you to conduct supervised research into your chosen topic and produce a written thesis (typically 20,000 - 60,000 words). Read more

Qualifications and durations

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme will enable you to conduct supervised research into your chosen topic and produce a written thesis (typically 20,000 - 60,000 words). You can complete the MPhil in 1 to 3 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time).

Overview

The MPhil is an opportunity to undertake original, in-depth research under expert supervision.

Most of our students are registered in the first instance for the MPhil degree. You will be expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of your chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

Our Department produces high-quality research with a strong focus on application and real world implication. You can study any topic in which we have research expertise (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/). Details of research staff expertise and interests are available on individual staff (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/staff/) pages, as well as on our current research students (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/research-students/) page.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/scho-for-heal-mphi/

Current student projects

Take an insight into what some of our current students are researching » http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/research-student-insights/

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-doctoral-training-centre/) pathway:

Health & Wellbeing (interdisciplinary pathway)

About the department

The School for Health was established within the University of Bath in 2003, to centralise the high profile research and teaching in the health-related disciplines already taking place throughout the university, so creating a single entity through which links with the health sector at national and international level can be channelled, co-ordinated and developed.

In 2010 the School joined the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and became the Department for Health, providing excellent opportunities for academic teaching and research collaborations with other departments, such as Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences. The Department's postgraduate teaching and research programmes now form part of the Faculty's new Graduate School, also launched in 2010, providing postgraduate students with dedicated support and a strong community in which to base their studies - whether on campus or by distance learning.

In keeping with government initiatives surrounding population health and more general public concerns, the Department divides its activities between two main pillars: Healthcare and Population Health – one focuses on the NHS, healthcare and health services research and the other focuses on population health, healthy living, sport & physical activity and tobacco control; each of these groups, in turn, contain both teaching programmes and research activities. Furthermore, there is a bridging spine between both pillars and which houses the Professional Doctorate in Health, Research in Health Practice and the administrative, finance, learning & teaching development, marketing and support activities of the Department.

The Department’s aims are:

- To develop a research portfolio that is both of the highest academic standard and has applications in the real world
- To build on external links with the public services and other bodies concerned with health and society
- To innovate design and delivery of healthcare services
- To change corporate approaches to healthy organisations
- To support government reform of health and social care provision
- To identify and facilitate opportunities for academic collaboration and new developments.

The Department's postgraduate taught programmes combine academic excellence with flexible and innovative design and delivery; our postgraduate portfolio is distinguished by the provision of a number of Professional Masters and a Professional Doctorate programme designed to be studied part-time by learners working in a wide range of healthcare roles from all around the world. All our postgraduate courses are taught online and this has proved to be one of our unique selling points, with students able to continue within their practice area or working environment whilst gaining a further qualification.

The Department is renowned for its exemplary attention to educational design, integrating knowledge with research evidence and resulting in programmes which are highly relevant to contemporary practice; in addition, the Department boasts some of the most innovative and successful approaches to online and part-time education, recognised through a number of awards.

At all levels, learning and teaching in the Department provides a strong focus on high quality education for real world situations and produces graduates with skills and knowledge relevant to professional roles and in high demand from employers.

Teaching programmes on offer within the Department include:

- Sport & Exercise Medicine, the world renowned flexible masters programme exclusively for doctors
- Sports Physiotherapy, a specialist programme designed by physiotherapists for physiotherapists
- Research in Health Practice, a programme launched in 2008 aimed at health and social care professionals interested in conducting their own research
- The innovative Professional Doctorate in Health which focuses on both Population Health and Healthcare within the Department, providing a doctoral level programme to develop expert practitioners and researchers in practice.

Facilities, equipment, other resources
Sport and exercise science and medical science laboratories. Close links with the English Institute of Sport and the Department of Sports Development and Recreation.

International and industrial links
There are current links with primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, the two hospitals in Bath and colleagues in industry. The Department works closely with esteemed international academic institutions, and individual health practitioners, in order to meet the regional, national and global challenges facing health and social care.

Careers information
Postgraduate research students gain a wealth of experience to assist them with their next step and are offered personal career advice at the University. The Department has an established research training skills programme for all research students. The taught programmes enable students to extend their health and social care career pathways and to build important networks for further professional opportunities.

Main areas of research

The Department carries out research and teaching in health, medicine, exercise and sport, making significant contributions to national and international health agendas.

The Department aims to produce high-quality research with a strongly applied focus. We aim to contribute to promoting the health of the population and to improving the quality and efficiency of the health services that people rely on and pursue this agenda with a variety of partners at local, regional, national and international levels. Our work is organised around the two main themes of population health and healthcare. We are also pleased to offer a range of Research degrees.

- Population health

Historically, health policy has focused almost exclusively on sickness services provided by agencies such as the National Health Service. Although this focus on healthcare remains hugely important, it is increasingly complemented by aspirations to improve the health of the population by tackling the social determinants of health such as poverty and pollution and by encouraging people to adopt health promoting behaviours such as healthy diets and increased physical activity and to stop health damaging ones such as smoking. There is also growing national and international concern that improvements in health should be fairly distributed by reducing health inequalities. The Department for Health organises its work related to population health improvement in three main ways. Much the largest element in the population health portfolio is related to sport, health and exercise science, but the School attaches growing importance to tobacco control and health inequalities.

- Healthcare

The Department’s expertise in Healthcare focuses on innovation in the design, delivery, organization, and evaluation of healthcare interventions. We have a particular emphasis on disabling and distressing, long term or life-limiting conditions, such as chronic pain, stroke, dementia, rheumatic disease, and severe mental health problems. Current research activity involves collaborations with NHS colleagues in Bath at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – RNHRD, the Royal United Hospital, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Care Trust, the Pan Bath & Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium and RehabNET.

Faculties in the Department have significant research expertise and experience in a range of topics including:

Addictions and addictive behaviour
Alcohol, drugs and the family
Assistive technology and rehabilitation
Child and adolescent cognitive behavioural therapy
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
Dementia care
Evidence based pain management
Leadership and change
Mental health service development and evaluation
Spondolarthropathy disease and related disability
Stroke rehabilitation
Work, health and wellbeing.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/research-programmes/how-to-apply/

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