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Applied Health Research MRes
Applied Health Research MRes

Applied Health Research MRes

  • ID:UOL400152
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Relevant 2:1 degree (or equivalent).

English Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Course Information

Research into health and healthcare is essential for:

  • understanding the causes, presentation and management of health conditions

  • informing the development and evaluation of innovative health technologies, treatments, care pathways and services

  • informing health policy decision making

Our course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for health and healthcare research. You will be based within the Department of Health Sciences which has an international reputation for innovative research in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology and healthcare improvement. You will learn from researchers actively involved in tackling current health challenges and contributing to health policy and clinical practice changes.  

Our course combines research principles combined with practical examples of how novel research can be applied in real life health care settings. Our ongoing portfolio of research means that the curriculum and all your course materials will be relevant and based on the latest insights and understanding into current health care challenges.

You will receive a comprehensive grounding in research methods, while developing key transferable skills in research practice, critical appraisal, academic writing, project management, communication and presentation of research, and research management, policy, governance and ethics.

We offer different options for your study: the Masters in Research (MRes) can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. You also have the option for a Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the modules but not the dissertation, which is available part-time over one year. 

The teaching is arranged in blocks to give you the flexibility to fit study around your existing work commitments. This flexible course is ideal for social scientists, researchers and those preparing for a PhD as well as intercalating medical students, clinical staff, healthcare Improvement and laboratory scientists.

Modules on this degree are also available as stand-alone CPD courses.

  • Quality and safety in healthcare modules

  • Research methods in healthcare modules

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Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

  • Quantitative Methods in Applied Health Research

  • Qualitative Methods in Applied Health Research

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Patient Safety

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety

  • Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare

  • Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare


A Dissertation (Applied Health Research) is a substantial piece of written work that offers a detailed, sustained and critical treatment of a chosen topic. It gives you an opportunity to complete a project under expert supervision, demonstrating the knowledge and experience you have acquired during the taught modules. Your dissertation counts for 120 of the 180 credits that make up the MRes. (You will not do a dissertation if you choose to study for a PGCert.)

Examples of previous dissertations

  • Participation in the UK bowel cancer screening programme: the importance of gender

  • The barriers and drivers to recording of chronic kidney disease in primary care: a qualitative study of the experience of general practitioners

  • Effect of electrotherapy on pain in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy; a comparison between electrotherapy and control (sham) a systematic review and meta-analysis

  • Exploring and understanding patients' experiences of attending a diabetes education course, facilitated by a lay educator and health care professional and their acceptability of lay people as educators

  • Mental health nurses' perceptions of barriers to research utilisation: A mixed methods study

  • Clinical inertia in the management of T2DM in primary care. Retrospective analysis of Wandsworth data: 1998-2007

  • Facing up to violence against doctors in china - A systematic review of its prevalence, causes, and actions to reduce the problem

  • Pay for performance and the unintended consequences for patient-centred care: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature

  • A meta-ethnographic study exploring the perspectives of Canadian Aboriginal persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: What socioeconomic factors promote or impede access to and engagement with healthcare services

  • Overcoming the barriers: An exploration of the experiences of practising clinicians who engage in research within an NHS Foundation Trust

  • A comparison of myocardial strain and strain rates assessed by speckle tracking echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis

  • A qualitative study of the health and social benefits associated with the provision of community based outdoor gyms

  • Do outdoor gyms significantly increase physical activity levels and is this sustained?

  • In-centre nocturnal haemodialysis: Three months of extended night time haemodialysis on physical performance and quality of life in prevalent haemodialysis patients

  • An exploration of the relationship between the lunar cycle and admissions to the psychiatric wards of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

  • What makes managing physical health challenging, from the perspective of staff working in an Early Intervention for Psychosis team?

  • Interventions for improving fertility in women with tubal occlusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

For many graduates our MRes has been a gateway to a research-based career or a means of advancing their career in health or social care using the transferable skills they have obtained. Others have found that the MRes is an excellent foundation for doctoral research and an academic career.

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OSHC - $12276 GBP / per year

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