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MSc in Applied Health Research

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Programme leader: Charlie Lloyd                                                                                          

We are currently offering two part-funded scholarships in our MSc in Applied Health Research 

Developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations is becoming increasingly important. Our MSc in Applied Health Research will equip you with the skills necessary to develop a career in the health sector or to design, implement and publish healthcare research.

It offers an excellent grounding in applied health research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics. 

Our expertise

When you join our department you are joining one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research teams. Our world leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research. 

Our department is ranked first in the country for our research environment and 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the latest REF (2014).

Who is eligible?

Who is eligible?

This MSc is particularly relevant if you are one of the following:

  • Science graduate
  • Social science graduate
  • Healthcare professional wishing to develop health-related research and evaluation skills
  • Professional from any health-related background interested in a career in health services research

A number of our Applied Health Research students have gone on to study a PhD or MPhil with us.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Research.

Course content

What is the course content?

The MSc in Applied Health Research involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Masters programme (180 credits). 

You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits. 

The compulsory modules worth 70 credits are:

In addition you will choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:

* Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice

Applied Health Research timetable

AHR timetable 2015/16 (PDF  , 85kb)


The dissertation contributes 60 credits to your degree.

You will be matched with a supervisor with complementary research interests, and together you will design an appropriate project, using the skills and techniques taught in the modules.

You have substantial choice in your area of research, and for part-time students in employment, the project can represent an area that is of interest and value to your employer.


Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.

The Department of Health Sciences' minimum English language requirement is a total IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or equivalent. You can, however, receive a conditional offer provided you complete the University of York's higher level pre-sessional course which runs for eight weeks. On successful completion, you can then progress to your programme within Health Sciences. The minimum requirements to join the pre-sessional course can be found here.

Click here for further details of the University of York's English language requirements.

Student life

What do our students say?

Kirsty Lee - graduate from Applied Health Research

"The skills you will learn, the people you will meet and the experience you will have will be invaluable..."

Read more Applied Health Research student experiences.

What is is really like to live and study in York?

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What funding might be available to me?

 For available studentships please visit our masters studentships webpage.

For information on fees visit Postgraduate fees and funding.

Contact Student Information Service on 01904 321321 or email for further information.

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