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PgCert Health Services Improvement

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.

This variation of the MSc Applied Health Services Research programme (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/health-services-research-msc/) is for those professionals who wish to engage actively at the forefront of health services research but who are not primary researchers within their place of work. It is suitable for people who are involved in evidence-based health service redesign and innovation, such as clinical practitioners, managers, leaders and commissioners both within the public or private sector.

You will be taught by the leading international experts and authors in complex interventions research methods. 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.

Modules and Delivery

The programme has been designed to be flexible and well-defined with two integrated and mandatory modules (each 30 Masters level credits) that can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis. A blended approach to learning will be achieved through taught sessions, bespoke tutorials, research exchange visits and practical exercises. All learning will be supported by online resources and moderated activities on the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE). Expert tutors and guest lecturers will represent an appropriately diverse range of clinical and research backgrounds.


Teaching for the programme takes place over one full day (Tuesdays -year 1, Wednesdays - year 2) for the part-time route, or two full days (Tuesday and Wednesday) for the full-time route. Teaching will take place between 9am and 5pm, however specific times may vary from module-to-module. Each module runs over 1 academic term, with 11 contact days per module timetabled with teaching staff.


This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter Medical School. The campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research (http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/research/healthresearch/)

Visit the PgCert Health Services Improvement 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 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. For full information please View Website

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") View Website

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