Postgraduate taught

MSc Health Research Methods - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code None
Duration 1 year full time
2 or 3 years part time
Entry year 2020
Contact

Programme director: Dr Antonieta Medina-Lara
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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500

Entry requirements

 2:2 Honours degree

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine

Overview

Due to COVID-19, we are currently reviewing the delivery of our courses. Our priority is to ensure that safety of all our students and staff, and we are currently planning for flexibility and resilience in our approach so that whatever the year brings we will still be delivering the high level of teaching that we always have. We are still taking applications and you can stay updated on our website as the situation progresses.

The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever we need to be developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations.

This programme has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge to enact meaningful change and gain a comprehensive grounding in health services research methods as a platform for developing a career as a health researcher.

It is suitable for those from a wide variety of backgrounds including:

  • Science, mathematics and social science graduates
  • Medical researchers
  • Academic clinical fellows
  • Nurses
  • Allied healthcare
  • Healthcare professionals wishing to develop their research skills

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.

Previous topics that students have chosen for independent study include:

  • Exploring facilitators and barriers of patients’ trust in clinical pharmacists in Primary Care.
  • Improving the physical health monitoring of patients taking Clozepine.
  • Intravenous antimicrobial therapy in the home.
  • Effectiveness of group psychological interventions in reducing the burden for caregivers of patients with dementia residing in the community.

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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.

83% of research in Clinical Medicine classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and information on English language requirements.

Course content

The MSc Health Research Methods has been designed to maximise flexibility and can be studied on a part-time (over 2 or 3 years) or on a full-time basis (12 months). Expert tutors and guest lecturers will represent an appropriately diverse range of clinical and research backgrounds.

Our programme has a blended approach to learning; you will usually have one week of face-to-face taught sessions which are then supported by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE).

The Masters programme consists of three core compulsory modules, an independent research project (choose either 60 credits or 90 credits), plus 3 or 5 optional modules (either 75 credits or 45 credits). The total credits for the Masters programme is 180 credits.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Contact days

View the timetable of contact days for 2020-2021 (Please note: this timetable is draft and subject to change)

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Fees

Tuition fees per year 2020/21 

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

MSc

UK/EU: £8,800 full-time; £4,400 (2 year part time); £2,950 (3 years part time)
International: £21,100 full-time; £10,550 (2 year part time); £7,500 (3 years part time)

PGDip

UK/EU: £2,950 (2 years part time)
International: £7,000 (3 years part time)

PGCert

UK/EU: £2,950 (1 year)
International: £7,000 (1 year)

Pro Rata Module fees

UK/EU: £800
International: £1,900

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Funding and scholarships

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in 2020.

There are various funding opportunities available including the Medical School's Global excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020. 

Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

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Teaching and research

The taught component of this programme is delivered in the first two terms (one year programme) or five terms (two year programme). During this time you will also be helped to develop a dissertation project to be completed in the remaining six months.

Teaching and learning methods

All material is designed for Masters-level and will involve keynote lectures, case studies, seminars and group discussion. Within modules there is considerable scope for you to direct your learning towards fields of particular interest, especially through your choice of dissertation project and in your guided independent study.

Assessment

Short assessments are tailored to each module, with some assessment taking place in class, and others requiring electronic submission of assignments towards the end of a module.

Advice and support

One-to-one tutorials with module leads are timetabled into each of the four taught modules to ensure students gain personalise support. The Programme Lead is also available to help with further guidance and advice.

Careers

This programme is designed to enable health professionals from a variety of disciplines to gain expertise, in order to become a more effective and confident practitioner. It is suitable for medical researchers, academic clinical fellows, nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and public health professionals. This course is also suitable for graduates without clinical training (e.g. psychologists, sociologists) who wish to gain a comprehensive grounding in health services research methods as a platform for developing a career as a health researcher. Flexible part-time delivery enables study around existing commitments.

Careers support

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.