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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4250 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 8500 per year

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About Health Services Research at City, University of London

Explore the multifactorial causes of healthcare outcomes, and develop your career by gaining the skills to develop and evaluate complex interventions and improve services.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for professionals from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, including those who have worked in:

  • Medical and allied health professions
  • Local government
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Research institutions and consultancies
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare industries

The competencies that you will develop on the course will help you design, conduct and interpret research that aims to understand or improve specific issues in the organisation and delivery of our health services. The course is particularly relevant for professionals working in the health services who wish to expand their role, or move to a new role, that requires a deeper understanding of research methods and evidence-based practice and policy.

Alternatively, the course provides a stepping stone if you are considering  developing your career by pursue an MPhil or PhD- in Health Services Research.


The MSc in Health Services Research  will help you:

  • Gain advanced health services research training.
  • Develop new knowledge of theory and research relevant to health services and practice.
  • Understand the implications of professional and contextual issues for health and social care.
  • Conduct and evaluate research to understand and improve service delivery, quality of care and patient outcomes.
  • Explore the multi-factorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions and improve services.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in a medical/health or social sciences discipline (minimum 2:1 honours degree).

Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial experience in health services will also be considered on an individual basis.

Other suitable qualifications

INTO City, University of London

If you do not meet the entry requirements, INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help you prepare for study at City, University of London. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre-Masters courses at KIC London offer you comprehensive support to help you complete your postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will need one of the IELTS: 7.0 qualification.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you do not meet the English language requirements, INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help you prepare for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO's English for University Study programme.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Full time:

Part time:

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

For more information contact us on:

+44 (0)20 7040 5000


Teaching and learning

Health Services Research is the study of healthcare quality, access and costs in order to make health services more effective, equitable and efficient. Health Services Research is inherently multidisciplinary and requires strong research competencies as a foundation to promote evidence-based practice and policy.

The MSc in Health Service Research provides training in a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, and systematic review methods. Beyond these core modules, you will be able to select from a range of electives modules (subject to availability and compatibility with your other elective choices) that allow you to tailor the programme to your own needs and interests. We offer electives modules that focus on practice, management and policy levels of health services. This flexibility allows you to concentrate on a more specialise area or generalise to gain a broader understanding of health services at different levels (micro, meso and macro).

Teaching and learning for your Health Services Research MSc takes place through an engaging mix of approaches, including:

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and seminars
  • Student presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Case study analysis
  • Interactive computer-based exercises
  • Virtual learning environment
  • Self-directed reading.

Modules are assessed through a combination of methods:

  • Research proposal
  • Mini-lab examination
  • Systematic review
  • Poster presentation
  • Data analysis workbook
  • Practical exam and associated lab report
  • Formative online quiz.


This course consists of 180 credits. You will receive comprehensive theoretical and practical training in research methods and data analysis in a programme that comprises a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods courses and practical workshops. You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the process of developing theory-driven complex interventions for the improvement of health and healthcare.

The taught component of the MSc in Health Services Research is structured as follows:

  • Four core modules (75 credits) - you are required to study and pass all the assessments on all four of these modules.
  • Three elective modules (45 credits) - you are required to study and pass three (of  five) elective modules.

As a postgraduate student, you will be expected to allocate an average of 150 hours of taught and self-directed learning per 15-credit module.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Developing Complex Interventions (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Elective modules

You will select three of the following:

  • Health Policy Process, Politics and Power (15 credits)
  • International Health Systems (15 credits)
  • Health Policy in Britain (15 credits)
  • Management and Leadership in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Health Innovation and Change (15 credits)

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

This course will give you a thorough grounding in practical research and statistical skills. As a result, it will open-up a wide range of career options for you to explore in management, service provision and practice roles.

You can go on to develop your career across the broad scope of health service settings, including:

  • NHS
  • Charities
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Private practice
  • Academic and research environments.

You will gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical related careers, where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence based practice, and report writing is in high demand.

As a Health Services Research MSc Graduate, you may also wish to pursue further academic achievements by undertaking doctoral-level study.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 8500 per year
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 8500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 17000 per year

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: £8,500

Part-time: £4,250 per year


Full-time: £17,000

Part-time: £8,500 per year

More about fees


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Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

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Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details please visit the City Finance website.


At the School of Health Sciences, we believe that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January. To find out more, visit the School of Health Sciences Postgraduate funding page.

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