Learn how to apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to current, pressing health issues and how to critically assess published research.
The skills you gain on this course will enable you to pursue a career in research through academia and/or a combination of clinical healthcare practice.
You'll graduate with a multifaceted understanding of health research that is increasingly sought after in healthcare and research environments.
The course is flexible and can be delivered on a full or part-time basis, attracting people who might also be working alongside their study.
Our department is ranked 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the Times Higher Education's latest ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (2014).
Our experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.
Our course will equip you with a wide range of applied health research skills to enable you to become a proficient and confident researcher. You will be taught by academics who will draw on their experience to provide you with an excellent grounding in health research methods including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology, health economics, statistics and qualitative methods.
The course is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme (180 credits).
You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits.
You'll study seven core modules:
In addition, you'll choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:
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.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,440||£18,700|
|Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.
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 £10-£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 you will have to pay for any printing you do beyond this.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
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.
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.
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.
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.
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.
You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, including exams and a range of written assignments.
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 Organization.
Upon successful completion of this course you will:
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent, or a medical degree. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 (or equivalent) and sufficient relevant work experience eg in the health, research, statistical, government or social development sectors.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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