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MSc Applied Health Services Research

Course Description

The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever practitioners and researchers need skills for developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based health care in highly complex situations.

This programme provides you with the skills and knowledge to tackle these challenges.

You will be taught by a multi-disciplinary team of expert tutors and guest lecturers from a diverse range of clinical and research backgrounds, with a blend of tutorials, work-based training and research exchange visits. Topics such as patient and public involvement, collaborative working, evidence-based practice, complex interventions, health economics, clinical trials and medical statistics will provide a common thread that runs throughout the programme.

Programme structure

The programme has been designed to be flexible and well-defined with four integrated and mandatory modules (each 30 Masters level credits) plus a dissertation (60 Masters level credits) that can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis.


Some examples of recent modules and the topics covered are as follows;

* Core Concepts & Paradigms, which covered; Health services & systems; Complex interventions; Systematic reviews; Qualitative and quantitative research; Evidence-based practice; and Patient and public involvement

* Implementation Science, which covered; Diffusion of innovations; Behaviour change; Quality improvement and indicators; Surveillance and intervention mapping and Environmental impact and sustainability

* Fundamentals of Health Services Research Methods, which covered; Ethics and governance; Research questions; Outcome measures and survey design; Qualitative methods; Statistics; Health Economics and Modelling in Health and Social Care

* Advanced Health Services Methods which covered; Observational study designs; Clinical trials design (including feasibility and pilot studies); Adapting methods to complex situation; Process evaluation (qualitative, quantitative methods); Statistics (advanced techniques); Health economics (advanced); Qualitative methods – secondary data analysis and qualitative synthesis and Designing a research protocol

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Please see the website for the most up to date programme structure at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/health-services-research-msc/#Programme-structure

Visit the MSc Applied Health Services Research page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

Student Profiles

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Please View Website for full details

Course Fees

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