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


1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

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.

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).

Course content What you’ll study


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


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.

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

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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.


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

Careers Where you’ll go from here

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

See what our students say about the course in our student perspective video

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

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.

International options

English language

The 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 course within Health Sciences.

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

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