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MRes Applied Health Research

Course Description

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.


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.

Visit the MRes Applied Health Research page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally have a relevant first degree (2:1 or higher) or equivalent qualification. Candidates with significant experience and/or qualifications in health or social care research will also be considered. If English is not the first language, an IELT score of 7.0 overall will be required (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each element).

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