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Who is the course for?

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.

Course structure

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

For the MSc you will complete three core modules, at least two core option modules from the list below, and up to 1 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

-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 the Non-Economist)

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.
-Sociology of Health, Health Policy, and Social Determinants of Health
-International Health Policy
-The Concepts of the Digital
-Complexity in the Social Sciences
-Digital Objects, Digital Methods
-Sociology of the Body
-Critical Issues in National and International Food Policy
-Gender, Imperialism and International Development
-Gender, Analysis and Development Practice
-Psychological Subjects: Identity, Health and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain
-Themes and Methods in Medical History
-Migration, health and Ethnicity in Modern History

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.


MSc - full-time 1 year, part time 3 years
PGDip - part-time 2 years
PGCert - part-time 1 year

Visit the Health Research MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Warwick website for more details!




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