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Health Services Research - MSc

Course Description

Health Services Research explores the multifactorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions and to improve services.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for professionals from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, including those who have worked in medical and allied health professions, local government, non-governmental organisations, research institutions and consultancies and pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

The course also provides a foundation for MPhil or PhD-level study in Health Services Research.


The MSc in Health Services Research offers advanced research training to enable graduates to conduct and evaluate research to understand and improve service delivery, quality of care and patient outcomes.

The course explores the multifactorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions and to improve services. As a student on the course you will addresses questions such as: Why are there still quality gaps in care? How can we speed up the translation of evidence into healthcare practice? How can we apply evidence to improve patients' self-management of long-term conditions?

The course will equip you with the research knowledge, skills and experience to consume and generate primary and secondary research which addresses these questions.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is undertaken via a mix of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, poster presentations, case study analysis, interactive computer based exercises, a virtual learning environment and self-directed reading.

Modules are assessed through a combination of methods. More specifically: research proposal; mini lab examination; systematic review; poster presentation; data analysis workbook; practical exam and associated lab report; formative online quiz.


Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Advanced research methods (15 credits)
-Advanced data analysis (15 credits)
-Developing Complex Interventions (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules
-Health Policy Process, Politics and Power (15 credits)
-International Health Systems (15 credits)
-Health policy in Britain (15 credits)
-Management and Leadership in Healthcare (15 credits)
-Health Innovation and Change (15 credits)

Career prospects

The course will give you a thorough grounding in practical research and statistical skills enabling you to work in management, service provision and practice roles. You can go on to develop your career across a range of health service settings including the NHS, charities, industry, government, private practice and academic and research environments.

You will gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence based practice, and report writing is a career advantage. Graduates are also able to further their academic achievements by undertaking doctoral level study.

Visit the Health Services Research - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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SHS International Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Health Sciences (SHS), together with the University, has identified Postgraduate Programmes as a priority area for strategic expansion and part of this incentive is to increase the number of international (non-EU) students studying one of the Schools MSc programmes.We are therefore offering a number of SHS International Excellence Scholarships of up to £2,000 for students starting one of our MSc programmes in September 2016 and January 2017.Scholarship awards are confirmed on a rolling basis as applications are received, and you can expect to hear from us whether your scholarship application is successful when you are offered a place on the programme. Decisions will be final and made by a panel led by the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies. The award will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee instalment of a full-time student. For part-time students, half the amount will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee, and half from the September 2017 tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)



This scholarship will be awarded to international postgraduate students showing academic and/or clinical/professional excellence, who are registered full or part-time, on one of the MSc programmes offered by the School of Health Sciences. It is only available to students applying for the full MSc programme (not the PG Cert or PG Diploma). Students cannot be in receipt of more than one scholarship/bursary.

Application Procedure

Applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarship on applying for their course.Awards are competitive and will be awarded for academic and clinical excellence as well as for exceptional innovation in enterprise as evidenced within your personal statement.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a medical/health or social sciences discipline is required (minimum 2:1 honours degree). Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial experience in health services will also be considered on an individual basis.

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