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MSc Applied Health Research

Equip yourself with the research skills to progress your career in the healthcare sector, or to design, implement and publish research.

2018/19 entry


1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

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This multidisciplinary course will give you a detailed and comprehensive understanding of how to apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to current, pressing health issues and how to critically assess published research.

You will graduate with the kind of interdisciplinary and multifaceted understanding of health research that is increasingly sought after in healthcare and research environments. You will be taught by internationally recognised academics who will draw on their extensive research experience to provide you with an excellent grounding in applied health research methods including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology, health economics, statistics and qualitative methods.

Teaching is led by senior staff in the department who are acknowledged experts in their fields and the large majority of teaching sessions take place in small groups.

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REF 2014

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 Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF (2014).

Expert tuition

​Our world-leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.

Course content

Our course will equip you with a wide range of applied health research skills to enable you to become a proficient and confident researcher.

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 one of either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


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 you have been 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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,580£16,780
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee

Additional costs

Additional costs could vary depending on which modules you take. Course books are generally available from the library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies. These typically cost between £10 and £30 each. Depending on how you work, you may also wish to print out lecture notes or make photocopies. You will be given an allowance of free printing, but beyond this additional charges will apply.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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International students

Applied Health Research Studentship

Applicants to this course are invited to apply to a studentship hosted within the Department of Health Sciences, commencing in October 2018. The value of the studentship is £5,000 split into 4 quarterly payments of £1,250. For more information on the studentship and how to apply, visit the department website. Applications close 4pm BST, Wednesday 29 August 2018.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

We use a variety of lectures, seminars, projects, group work and individual work to ensure that you get the most out of your time here.

Much of the teaching on this course takes place in small groups, led by a specialist in the field.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences which is on Campus West. The majority of your teaching will take place within Alcuin College on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, including exams and a range of written assignments.

Careers and skills

Graduates from this course have followed a broad range of careers. Many have taken up jobs in health research or have gone on to study for PhDs. Others have utilised their research knowledge within healthcare services or attained employment in health policy, including organisations such as the World Health Organisation.

Career opportunities

  • PhD study
  • University research fellow
  • Research posts within the health sector
  • Health policy roles within state and third sector organisations

Transferable skills

Upon successful completion of this course you will:

  • be able to specify clear health research questions and design studies that will address these questions, deploying appropriate methodologies
  • have a critical appreciation of the key applied health research methodologies, including mixed methods
  • be able to undertake robust, credible quantitative and qualitative analyses, deploying a range of analytic techniques
  • have the ability to critically appraise evidence, understanding the strengths and limitations of published research
  • be able to write complex accounts of your own and others’ work, carefully weighing evidence in reaching conclusions
  • be able to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained on the course in undertaking independent, applied health research

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge 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.

Other qualifications

English language

Overall IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in any other component.

Further details of the University of York's English language requirements.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.


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