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Course content

Course overview

  • Develop your research skills if you are a health or social care professional considering a career in research.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK for health subjects (THE World University Rankings 2018).
  • Learn when it suits you thanks to most course content being delivered online.
  • Benefit from our links with the NHS and social care services.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £9,250 per annum
  • PGDip (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600 
  • International students (per annum): £14,800
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £7,400 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,900 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £3,700 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a score of 6.5 or above in each component
  • TOEFL 623 paper based
  • TOEFL 106 internet based (with a minimum score of 20 in each component)
  • TOEFL 250 computer based
  • GCSE English grade C

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

You should have:

  • two days per week minimum study time (part-time students) or full-time hours availability for full-time students;
  • approval and support from your employer for those seconded from employment to undertake the course;
  • consistent computer and IT access;
  • computer hardware minimum: P4 1.6 GB PC with 256Mb RAM;
  • broadband connection: downstream 2 Mb, upstream 256k;
  • software: Windows XP or Vista;
  • a webcam and Skype.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Teaching and learning

This course is primarily delivered online to maximise access and increase flexibility. Online components are complemented by opportunities for face-to-face learning and networking between students, course and research staff through two four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools and two mid-semester study days.

The relationship and communication between academic staff and students is recognised as an essential element of the learning process. We maintain high standards of supervision and communication through:

  • individual and group web-based audio-visual tutorials;
  • web-based collaboration areas and discussion boards;
  • shared digital documents;
  • online, telephone and face-to-face support from supervisor and academic advisors;
  • peer support through course-specific discussion boards and face-to-face meetings.

Coursework and assessment

We use a variety of summative assessment methods that enable the integration of theory and practice. These methods build on continuous formative assessment exercises that are part of each unit with a variety of interactive, stimulating online exercises, with regular self-assessment and feedback being a key feature.

Course unit details

The MRes route comprises six taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a 90-credit dissertation unit comprising a thesis derived from a supervised, research project relevant to health and/or social care.

The PGDip route comprises six taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a mini-dissertation (30 academic credits).

The PGCert comprises four taught units (60 academic credits in total).

Year 1

Full-time study

Six taught units in the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Foundations of research or Managing research in a clinical setting
  • Research design
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Part-time study

Four taught units from the following areas:

  • Foundations of research or Managing research in a clinical setting
  • Research design
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Year 2

Part-time study

Two taught units from the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Career opportunities

This course is designed for health and social care professionals and others who seek a research career or require research training as a constituent part of their current or future roles. It is also for researchers who want research training focused on health and social care.

The course provides a comprehensive education and training in health and social care research as an excellent foundation for PhD study.


Visit the MRes/PGDip/PGCert Health and Social Care page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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