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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. The majority of teaching sessions take place in small groups.

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). The compulsory modules are:

Health and Social Statistics I (http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-statistics-one/)
Epidemiology (http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-statistics-one/)
Randomised Controlled Trials http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/rct/
Systematic Reviews http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/systematic-reviews/
Qualitative Methods Applied to Health Research http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/qual-methods/
Health Economics http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-economics/
Introduction to Health Statistics http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/intro-to-health-stats/

In addition you can choose modules from the following:

Health and Social Behaviour http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-and-illness/
Health Policy - Principles, Practice and the Evidence Base http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-policy/
Health and Social Statistics II http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-statistics-two/
Understanding Clinical Statistics http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/clinical-biostatistics/
Measurement in Health and Disease http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/health-and-disease/
Infection and Disease http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/infection-and-disease/
Public Health Foundations in Practice http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/ph-foundations/
Research Methods http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/pgrad-mods/research-methods/

Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice.

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.

Our course management team is made up of a group of experts who not only provide a strategic overview to keep the course relevant, current and challenging but who also actively engage in world class research. It includes:

Professor Karl Atkin, a sociologist with an interest in health and illness and a background in doing qualitative research in multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse settings. Prof Atkin holds a personal chair and is the Head of the Department of Health Sciences. http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/karl-atkin/

Professor David Torgerson, Director of the York Trials Unit. http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/david-torgerson/

Professor Ian Watt, whose research interests are in communication in healthcare, patient safety and evidence-based healthcare. He is Professor of Primary Care in both the Department of Health Sciences and the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/ian-watt/

Dr Mona Kanaan, a lecturer in Health Statistics, currently serving as Postgraduate Admissions Tutor. http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/mona-kanaan/

Senior Lecturer Charlie Lloyd, Applied Health Research programme leader, whose research work is in the drug and alcohol field. http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/charlie-lloyd/

Senior Lecturer Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus, a psychologist working in the area of psycho-gastroenterology. http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/antonina-mikocka-walus/

Reader in Health Economics Steve Parrott, whose research interests include the economics of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/steve-parrott/

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 IELTS: 7.0. You can, however, receive a conditional offer with a 6.5 in writing provided you complete the University of York's higher level pre-sessional course which runs for eight weeks. On successful completion, you can then progress to your programme within Health Sciences.

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 class sizes are small and 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:

Masters in 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.


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.

Course Fees

2016/17 (Full-time) Home/EU: £6,650; Overseas: £15,680

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