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MSc Applied Health Research

Course Description

This MSc provides an ideal training for anyone wanting to become a professional researcher in the applied health field or for anyone wishing to develop careers in the health sector, where the ability to take a critical, evidence-based approach to health problems and solutions is increasingly valued.

It offers an excellent grounding in applied health research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics.

Our expertise

When you join our department you are joining one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research teams. Our world leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research and many of these experts teach on our Applied Health Research programme and draw on their own research to inform their teaching.

Our department is ranked first in the country for our research environment and 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the latest REF (2014) http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/news-and-events/news/2014/ref2014/ .

Who is eligible?

This MSc is particularly relevant if you are one of the following:

Science graduate;
Social science graduate;
Healthcare professional wishing to develop health-related research and evaluation skill;
Professional from any health-related background interested in a career in health services research.

Many Applied Health Research students go on to study a PhD or MPhil with us http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/mphilphd/.

Course content

The MSc can be undertaken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). Find out more about the course content by clicking here: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/applied-health-research/#tab-3

Research project

You will also do a research project where you are matched with a supervisor with complementary research interests, and together you will design an appropriate project, using the skills and techniques taught in the modules. You have substantial choice in your area of research, and for part-time students in employment, the project can represent an area that is of interest and value to your employer.

Entry Requirements

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.

The Department of Health Sciences' minimum English language requirement is a total IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or equivalent. To find out more click here: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/applied-health-research/#tab-4

What do our students say?

Simen Svenkerud, a current Applied Health Research student, said: "The relationship between the academics and students is great. You don't feel embarrassed to ask for help because they really want you to succeed. It is less a tutor pupil relationship and more a feeling of senior colleagues helping junior ones. I hated stats when I first came here and now I love it because it was finally properly explained to me.

"The current students doing Applied Health Research are a really nice, tight group. We go for a drink every Tuesday after lectures and regularly have lunch with postgraduate students doing the Masters in Public Health. The social environment is very nice."

Kirsty Lee, an Applied Health Research graduate, said: "The skills you will learn, the people you will meet and the experience you will have will be invaluable."

The Department of Health Sciences, University of York also offers:

Master of Public Health (MPH) course https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i376d151c192/masters-in-public-health-mph
MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i376d151c28886/msc-in-international-humanitarian-affairs
MPhil in Health Sciences https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i376d151c197/mphil-in-health-sciences

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

(Student Profile)

Alex Harrison

2431.jpg Alex studied on the MSc Applied Health Research.

Alex lives in an outlying village 15 miles from York and commutes in to campus. He enjoys studying in York’s many coffee bars and study centres. He also enjoys visiting friends who live in the area and watching sports in one of York’s 365 pubs.

To read about a week in Alex's life log on to: http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/student-podcasts/alex-harrison/

(Student Profile)

Kirsty Lee

2432.jpg I decided to study for a Masters in Applied Health Research because I wanted to gain research-based skills and I thought that York was an excellent place to do this. I have a background in Psychology, but I am interested in health outcomes, so this was the perfect course as it allowed me to bridge a gap in my knowledge.

The teaching quality at York is very high and I was taught by world-renowned academics. Whilst at York I was awarded a PhD Fellowship at the University of Warwick. I am certain the course added strength to my application.

My success in winning the Departmental award for Outstanding Taught Postgraduate Academic Achievement is something that I am very proud of. I was really pleased to receive acknowledgement of my hard work.

I really enjoyed my whole time at York, I made a lot of great friends and met a lot of interesting people. I would strongly recommend the course to anyone considering it. The skills you will learn, the people you will meet and the experience you will have will be invaluable. On top of all that, York is a beautiful city to live in. My year in York is one that I will cherish.


Two part-funded scholarships MSc in Applied Health Research - 2 Awards

This innovative, multidisciplinary taught programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to design and conduct research investigations and critically appraise and interpret research evidence in the health sector.The programme offers excellent grounding in the core methodologies used in health research, including statistics, epidemiology, systematic reviews, qualitative research, health economics and randomised controlled trials. In addition, you will conduct an independent research project. After completing the programme, you will be well equipped for careers within the multidisciplinary and multi-professional field of health and will be able to apply the skills and competencies acquired across any disease area, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, mental health etc. The programme is particularly relevant for science and social science graduates interested in a career in health services research and health professionals who wish to develop their research skills.Our scholarship is open to both 'overseas' and 'home/EU' student applicants.Each award will cover a one year annual stipend of £5,000. You will receive four quarterly payments of £1,250. If you are a part-time student, the figures will be adjusted accordingly.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You should have a minimum of 2.1 degree or equivalent to be considered for this scholarship. If you have not yet obtained your degree result, you will not be considered.If your first language is not English, there is a minimum requirement of an IELTS overall score of at least 7, with a minimum of at least 6.5 in each component of the test.

Application Procedure

Applications should be received no later than 6 March 2017 before 16:00h UTC. Applications will not be considered for the scholarships after this date.When completing the electronic form, you will need to state you are applying for the advertised scholarship and include ref: MSC2017AHR under the ‘How studies will be funded’ section, in order to be considered for the scholarship.Follow link to apply: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/apply?course=DPMAHSSAHS1

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences.

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