Funded Studentship

MSc in Applied Health Research

(ref: AHR2018R2)

Applications are invited for a studentship for the MSc in Applied Health Research hosted within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, commencing in October 2018.

MSc Applied Health Research

This innovative multidisciplinary taught programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to design and conduct research investigations and critically appraise and interpret research evidence in the health sector.

The programme offers excellent grounding in the core methodologies used in health research including statistics, epidemiology, systematic reviews, qualitative research, health economics and randomised controlled trials. In addition, you will conduct an independent research project. After completing the programme, you will be well equipped for careers within the multidisciplinary and multi-professional field of health and will be able to apply the skills and competencies acquired across any disease area, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, mental health etc.

The programme is particularly relevant for science and social science graduates interested in a career in health services research and health professionals who wish to develop their research skills.

The award

The studentship is open to both 'overseas' and 'home/EU' applicants. 

The award will cover a one year annual stipend of £5,000.  The student will receive 4 quarterly payments of £1,250. For part-time students the figures will be adjusted accordingly.

Essential requirements

Only applicants who have obtained a minimum of 2.1 degree or equivalent will be considered for the studentship. Therefore those who are still undertaking their degrees will not be considered for the studentship. 

For applicants whose first language is not English there is a minimum requirement of an IELTS overall score of at least 7, with a minimum of at least 6.5 in each component of the test.

Applicants should make a statement about why they need financial support.

Application process

Applications should be received no later than 29th August 2018 before 16:00h (BST). Applications will not be considered for the scholarship after this date and no exceptions will be made.

Applications should be made using the Department of Health Sciences on-line application process.

When completing the electronic form, applicants will need to state that they are applying for the advertised studentship and include ref: AHR2018R2 under the ‘How studies will be funded’ section, in order to be considered for the scholarship. 


Interviews will take place week commencing 11 September 2018 from 1pm (BST) via Skype or similar communication tools. Please make sure that you are available at this time as no other interview times and dates will be offered.

Informal Enquiries

Prospective applicants who wish to discuss the scholarship should contact: Sarah Parkinson ( at ‘Student and Academic Support Service’ on +44 (0)1904 321310 in the first instance.Further details about the programme can be found on the Departmental website at

Previous candidates interested in applying for the scholarship need to contact Student and Academic Support Service on: +44 (0)1904 321310.

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences is a multi-disciplinary, vibrant department with a diverse portfolio of teaching and research activities. It had an annual turn-over in 2015/16 approaching £18million, and currently employs over 280 staff. Our overarching aim is to improve health and healthcare through the delivery of high quality teaching and research that informs both policy and practice, whilst strengthening our position as a leading provider of education and training in this area. Moreover we wish to develop a dynamic student community that combines a rewarding learning experience with opportunities for personal development which prepares students for their future careers.

Our research activity is organised around seven core themes: mental health and addiction; trials and statistics; public health and society; cancer epidemiology; cardiovascular health; health services and policy and nursing and midwifery research.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of over 200 postgraduate students in our Graduate School.

The University of York

The University of York is one of the foremost Universities in the UK and a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities. It has an outstanding record of research, teaching, and training across a full range of disciplines. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, The University ranked 10th on the impact of our research and 14th overall. The University has a particular strength in health-related research.

The main campus is a 200-acre landscaped park, with colleges and academic buildings within walking distance of each other. Proximity to the historic city of York makes the University a popular choice and provides a pleasant working environment. Transport connections to York are fast and effective.