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MSc Applied Health Research

Course Description

This programme provides professional development for health practitioners and trainees health researchers, developing their knowledge and research skills. You will be taught in a challenging and highly focused environment by expert researchers and health professionals. You will develop core skills that improve your reasoning and ability to undertake applied health research in a range of settings.

The programme is taught flexibly through a combination of lectures, seminars and online teaching, allowing you to study alongside your other commitments and having the additional benefit of you being able to apply your new learning in your current role.The programme has a multidisciplinary approach within an ethical framework essential for today's health practitioners.

Through the MSc Applied Health Research you will gain an advanced understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods in a global healthcare context; a critical and indepth knowledge about the theories and application of health economics; a practical understanding of the principals and practices of conducting health research and a critical understanding of the concepts, theories and empirical application of epidemiology. You will also develop an appreciation of how good research practice, governance, ethics and disemination can be effective in the health sector.

This programme will equip you with the skills you need to design, implement and diseminate relevant, ethical and high-quality research and is essential for anyone wanting to enhance their research skills in the health sector and is ideal for practising health professional or recent graduates looking to launch their career in health and social care research.

The programme is delivered by the renowned Centre for Health Services Studiesm (CHSS) at the University of Kent. CHSS was established in 1989, replacing the Health Services Research Unity and over the past 25 years has produced high-quality research for the health sector. The Centre's research spans a wide range of providers and initiatives from public health and policy development to collaborations on global issues such as heart disease, adolescent alcohol use and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.

CHSS is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research which is recognised worldwide for its research quality and was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School was also placed 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA).

•An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF.
•99% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality.
•The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research, gaining the highest possible score of 100%.

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

Student Profiles

The Templeman Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

This scholarship covers the tuition fees for one year of a full-time taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-time taught postgraduation tuition fees for one year


•Applicants must be University of Kent Graduates.
•Applicants must already hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree from the University of Kent.
•Applicants must have received, and accepted an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree (any subject) at the University of Kent for 2016-17.
•Full-time UK (home), EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.

Application Procedure

Email the Scholarships Unit ([email protected]) with the following:•Subject line: Templeman Scholarship
•Include in the email: ◦ full name
◦student application number or current student ID number
◦previous University of Kent undergraduate student ID number
•Attach a covering letter addressing "Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent".

Further Information



Graduate School Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent offers a broad variety of postgraduate study and research opportunities across a range of superb locations in Canterbury, Medway, Brussels and Paris. Our postgraduates benefit from teaching and supervision by world-leading researchers and have access to excellent facilities and training opportunities. The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University. The scholarship provides a £1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees to University of Kent 2015 graduates who earn a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2015.Candidates can hold the Graduate School Scholarship in conjunction with other awards except where these awards offer full fees and a Research Council UK equivalent maintenance grant. The Graduate School Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with the University's loyalty discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 towards tuition fees


Exclusively for 2015 Kent graduates who are registered at Kent by 1 October 2015 for a self-funded postgraduate degree programme.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2014 graduates on registration.

Further Information



Music Scholarships - 15 Awards

The University of Kent recognises the role that music and culture plays in the development of the individual and the benefits cultural activities bring to the wider University community. It offers Music Performance Scholarships of up to £5,000 each year to talented instrumentalists and singers studying for any degree. The scholarship is intended to encourage excellence and development in music performance, and includes instrumental/vocal tuition with experienced teachers. Around fifteen scholarships are awarded to new applicants each year. In return, recipients are expected to make a major contribution to the musical life of the University. Scholarships will normally be allocated only to those students whose musical interests and talents can be supported within the University community.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Music Scholarships/Awards are intended to recognise and encourage excellence. Applicants would usually be expected to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria when submitting their written application:•an advanced ABRSM grade (or equivalent, including RockSchool, Trinity or other international musical qualifications)
•a significant musical profile whilst in school / college / university or the local community
•appropriate performing experience at county or national level / conservatoire, e.g. youth choir, county orchestra, wind band, jazz or big band
•experience in giving public performances, e.g. gigs or solo recitals, major role in musical theatre productions

Application Procedure

There is no deadline prior to the start of the academic year, but early application for is advisable. If you would like to discuss the Music Scholarship/Award Schemes prior to your application, contact Susan Wanless, Director of University Music, Tel 01227 823305.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first degree, attaining a 2.1 or equivalent in a social science discipline and must satisfy the School’s minimum English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component), from a qualification taken within the last two years.

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