Health Research Methods – MSc/Diploma/Certificate
How long it takes:
Full time , part time, flexible
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
This modular multidisciplinary programme in Heath Research Methods offers a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and a Masters in Health Research Methods (180 credits). This programme is vital for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the range and application of research methods in health care
- critical evaluation and interpretation of published literature
- epidemiology, to a level that enables formulation of appropriate questions about health at a population level, the selection of appropriate techniques through which such questions can be addressed and the analysis, synthesis and presentation of the data collected
- statistical tests and their proper use in the analysis of various types of data, to a level that will enable critical analysis of statistical approaches in the epidemiological and clinical trials literature and the correct application of statistics in their own project work
You will attain the ability to:
- critically evaluate published literature, analyse and interpret data and devise areas for further study
- design and undertake research in a relevant field
- undertake self-directed learning and applying these skills in future work
- appropriately synthesise and present existing and new research findings and concepts
The programme can be studied either full-time, part-time or over up to five years by flexible learning. NonUK/EU students may only study the programme on full-time basis.
You will study the following core modules:
- Introductory module (non-assessed programme overview week)
- Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20credits)
- Practical Epidemiology and Statistics* (20 credits)
- Dissertation 60 (credits)
You will choose 80 credits from the list below.
- Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning* (10 credits)
- Health Economics* (10 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods* (20 credits)
- Principles of Health Technology Assessment* (10 credits)
- Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis* (20 credits)
- Clinical Trials (MPH)* (20 credits)
- Economic Evaluation in Health Care* (20 credits)
- Health Information and Health Informatics* (10 credits)
- Advanced Statistical Methods* (10 credits)
- Mixed Methods Research Designs* (20 credits)
Please note: some optional modules may have pre-requisites
You will take the 120 credits from taught modules as per the Masters choices but will not complete the dissertation.
You will obtain 60 credits from a choice of core and optional modules. You can transfer from the Certificate to Diploma and from Diploma to the Masters based on appropriate performance.
Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.
Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.
This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
- Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
- Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
- Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs
Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21
MSc: Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300
Tuition fees for International students 2020/21
MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
The programme provides a range of benefits for potential future employment and the flexibility of module choice enables learning tailored to meet your specific needs.
For example, the programme:
- provides an excellent basis for a future study towards a PhD in health
- develops further skills to augment progression in your current or next position
- enhances your role within the commercial health care sector (e.g. pharmaceutical, devices and related industries)
- develops your health research skills within the clinical and allied health professions, public sector including local government, NGOs, voluntary sectors and charities
- provides a robust foundation for a transition or entry to population-based health research from a laboratory research background (this is a frequent transition which many of those teaching on the programme have followed, including both Programme Directors) or as a new graduate wishing to launch your career in health research
- to develop skills in applying translational research methodologies
Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career
We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area.