University of Birmingham

Master in Health Research Methods - Máster en Métodos de Investigación en Salud

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    MSc £7,200/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students) / MSc £18,900/PGDip £12,600 (International students)
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Health Research Methods - MSc/Diploma/Certificate.


How do we know what we know about a disease and it’s treatment?

Our most reliable knowledge derives from appropriate, timely, high-quality research.

This programme will equip you with the skills needed to understand the critical elements in planning, undertaking, and analysing research in health care. These are vital skills for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research.

Our modules can be accessed in a variety of ways including as standalone modules (10 or 20 credits each) or through the 60 credit PG Certificate; 120 credit PG Diploma or the 180 credit Masters

If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation, which is only available to those studying for the Masters.


Enthusiasm and commitment are vital, while formal entry requirements include:

usually a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in medicine, a life/ biological science or another relevant subject
an interest in health research methods
an interest in evidence-based healthcare

On a case by case situation, we also consider:

other classes of degree and or relevant professional qualifications
experience of working in health or a related field

Applications are also welcome from UK medical students who wish to intercalate and have completed at least three years of full-time study.

International students:

Academic requirements: We accept a range of qualification.
English language requirements: You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.


clinical and allied health professionals.
laboratory-based scientists wishing to further understand or transition to population-based research.
graduates looking to launch their career in health research.
intercalating medical students who have completed at least three years of full-time study.
those in the commercial health care sector, public sector organisations, NGOs, voluntary sector and charites.
foundation skills for postgraduate research programmes.


a detailed understanding of the range of methodologies and analyses utilised in applied health research.
the necessary skills to critically interpret the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies.


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.


Core modules:

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)

Optional modules:

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

Postgraduate Diploma: You will take the 120 credits from taught modules as per the Masters choices but will not complete the dissertation.

Postgraduate Certificate: 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.


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

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