MSc Health Research Methods
Full time 1 year
Part time 2-3 years
|Location||Exeter (St Luke‘s)|
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
- 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.
Modules and delivery
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.
|Module number||Module name||Credits|
|HPDM092||Fundamentals of Research Design||15|
|HPDM093||Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice||15|
|HPDM054||Statistics as Applied to Health||15|
|HPDM107||Independent research project/Dissertation||60/90|
If you choose to undertake the 60 credit Independent research project then you must select 5 optional modules (75 credits in total).
If you choose to undertake the 90 credit Independent research project then you must select 3 optional modules (45 credits in total).
|Module number||Module name||Credits|
|HPDM059||Leading change in health services||15|
|HPDM055||Qualitative methods and process evaluations||15|
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.
Learning and teaching
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.
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.
University of Exeter Medical School offers a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities with the aim to improve health outcomes in the region and to facilitate real change in the quality of clinical care and health for individuals and the wider community.
Our continuing professional development courses are inspired by research and triggered by the complex needs and priorities of local, national and global health and care systems. You can learn and develop with us through a range of focused short courses, workshops, and education days that will meet your continuing professional development needs.
Current short courses in the area of Applied Health Services Research
For a full list of our Continuing Professional Development opportunities, please visit our CPD pages. Please book early as places are limited.
We are here to help you with specialist advice, guidance and support when you need a more individual service.
Please contact us via our online form or telephone 01392 722964.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
For 2020/21, fees will be charged pro rata per 30-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.
- UK/EU: £8,800 full-time; £4,400 (2 year part time)
- International: £21,100 full-time; £10,550 (2 year part time)
- UK/EU: £2,950 (1 year)
- International: £7,000 (1 year)
Pro Rata Module fees
- UK/EU: £800
- International: £1,900
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.
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.
As part of the NHS Research Innovation and Improvement Capability Project there may be a limited number of funded places available on this programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who work in the following areas:
- Patients and clients with dementia
- Meeting the needs of the frail elderly
- Delivering care closer to home
To find out more visit the Health Education South West website for more information.
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.
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