This course is focused on helping you gain the skills you need to undertake analytical research in the fields of healthcare, medicine, or social sciences.
The course is very broadly applicable and you will be given the chance to get hands-on with real datasets, as well as getting to grips with the theory behind the practice.
This course is very flexible, with some of the modules being available as distance learning options - so you don't necessarily need to come to campus the whole time you are studying with us, making it a great choice for those who wish to work alongside furthering their studies.
Based in the Department of Health Sciences, which boasts an international reputation for health services research, you will undertake analyses for a variety of health related data using suitably chosen software packages.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to carry statistical analyses using appropriate software on real data sets. You will also have the skills to present statistical work in a report format. If you take the optional modules focused on statistics, you'll learn how to use the statistical packages, SPSS and STATA, and carry out complex analyses on ordinary as well as hierarchical and clustered data.
If you choose a range of methods modules you will gain the skills to be able to, for example, carry out systematic reviews including a meta-analysis, write a protocol for a randomised controlled trial, carry an economic analysis, or gain further insight into epidemiological study designs. These are skills that will enhance your ability to carry out and evaluate research in your workplace.
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).
Our world-leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.
The PG Cert in Health Research and Statistics is made up of 60 credits. The course can be taken full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years). If you decide, like many of our students, to do the course over two years, you can take either 30 or 40 credits in Year 1 and the remaining 20 or 30 credits in Year 2. This ensures that you have the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments such as work.
The compulsory modules worth 30 credits are:
These are taken in Year 1 on the part-time route. In Year 1 you will also be given the option to then take an additional 10 credit module from the optional list below.
In Year 2, on the part-time route, you will be able to choose optional modules worth either 20 or 30 credits (to bring you up to a total of 60) from the following:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
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Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
There are unlikely to be significant extra costs for this course; all reading materials are provided in the library or within the VLE. If you wish to buy your own textbooks, we recommend that you set aside approximately £100 for textbooks and printing costs. This is not mandatory, however.
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You will be taught via a variety of different methods throughout the course, including lectures, workshops, practical computer lab sessions, and small group tutorials.
Up to 40 credits of the course can be taken as distance learning modules.
The compulsory modules are designed to enable you to learn at your own pace. Regardless of your background, you will be supported throughout the course with different media, such as the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) tools, blogs, email contact, and face-to-face meetings. The course is organised to give you a solid foundation in health research methods with either a focus in applied statistics or a more general overview of health research methodology. It will provide you with opportunities to develop your knowledge in the field and build your applied statistical skills, knowledge of health research methodology, and scientific writing skills.
You will have access to computer labs mainly based within the Department of Health Sciences, including a dedicated computer lab space purely for the use of students.
This course is based in the Department of Health Sciences located on Campus West. The vast majority of teaching takes place in Alcuin college, with some locations on Campus West also being used.
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.
We use a variety of different assessment methods throughout this course. These include both closed and open-book exams, report and protocol writing. You'll find yourself undertaking the tasks that a real quantitative health researcher would, and the assessments aim to replicate those skills.
Many of our students are already in their chosen field of work when they begin this course, however, it will give you practical skills in appraising the literature and evolving evidence-based practices enabling you to progress your career in health, social and medical fields.
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 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less that 6.0 in any other 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 (or similar course). On successful completion, you can then progress to your programme within Health Sciences.
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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