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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

The PGCert in Research Methods for Social Science & Health is a unique study pathway that provides professionals, practitioners and researchers with advanced understanding and skills for the practical application of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It provides an excellent foundation for understanding, conducting and using social science research in policy, medicine and healthcare. In addition, it enables students to develop a critical understanding of research methods, supplying them with the skills to commission or undertake their own original research.

Key benefits:

  • Taught by an internationally recognised Faculty, providing students with first hand exposure to advanced research methods across a wide range of disciplines in health and the social sciences, covering epidemiology, sociology, demography, anthropology and gerontology.
  • Interdisciplinary approach covering compulsory and optional modules on applied quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Integrates social science with King’s leadingn health schools and their internationally recognised excellence in biomedical and health research and training.
  • Situated in the heart of London, providing unrivalled opportunities to engage with the worlds of policymaking, non-governmental agencies and biomedical research.
  • Provides an open and supportive learning environment, fostering independent and critical learning and research.


The PGCert in Research Methods for Social Science & Health offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full- or part-time. Taught by an internationally recognised Faculty, it will provide you with in-depth training in interdisciplinary research methods. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in research design, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods for research in health, public services and the social sciences.

This course is ideal for health professionals, graduates in relevant disciplines, policy makers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, and anyone wishing to develop advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of research methods in the social and health sciences. Teaching focuses on cutting-edge research methods in the social sciences applied to health, medicine and public policy. It equips students with the analytical skills they require to carry out their own research, or to commission research in the fields of health and medicine from a social science perspective. Graduates from this course will be able to work on areas that require knowledge of research methods, including many areas of health policy, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and academic and applied research at universities and research institutions.

 A rich departmental programme of guest speakers, research seminars, workshops, reading groups and visiting researchers enhances students’ learning experience. Alumni consistently comment on how the department has prepared them to embark on new careers or advance their existing positions by providing them with the skills and expertise to evaluate, conduct and commission research. 

Prior training in quantitative or qualitative methods is not required. The course can be studied over six months on a full-time basis, or over 18 months part-time.

Course format and assessment


Per 15 credit module you can typically expect to have 15 hours worth of lectures, seminars and feedback, and 135 hours worth of self-study. 

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.


The department assesses students on a combination of reports, workbooks and problem set. The nature of assessment varies by module and may include examinations.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate students have gone on to pursue a range of careers including consultant positions in medicine and psychiatry, work as specialist health care practitioners, positions in Government and the public sector, policy positions in public and voluntary organisations, analytical posts, and research and academic posts in universities around the world. Many of our past graduates now work in strategic positions in medicine, social care and policy, or within central or local government, voluntary organisations, or non-governmental organisations. We collaborate closely with the Careers & Employability Office at King’s to enhance the employability of our students, and we organise targeted Careers sessions with guest-speakers from relevant fields.

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