This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in Health Services Research in the UK, internationally with the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad), local government, the voluntary sector or academic health care.
You will study:
- the factors that can influence the health of populations
- the provision of health and health care
- research skills
- how to apply research findings to improve health and the delivery of health care services
One third of the course involves a research project, which is developed in collaboration with staff in the Institute of Health and Society. Your research project will focus on a topic in health services research. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or propose your own research area.
100% of students surveyed said their overall expectations of the course were met, Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey 2012
Projects vary and can involve:
- primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
- secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
- systematic review
You receive thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods, and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course. You are encouraged to present your research at conferences and publish in peer reviewed journals, for example the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. Your project and dissertation are an extremely valuable opportunity for you to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the taught component of the course.
96% of students were satisfied with the level of dissertation supervision they were given, Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey 2012
Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work. Some teaching sessions may involve student presentations, and preparatory or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Some of our modules are taught in three day blocks over three weeks. Others are taught in three hour blocks.
You will be based in the Institute of Health and Society in the Baddiley-Clark Building, adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.
You will have access to:
- open plan workspaces
- meeting rooms of all sizes
- 'breakout' areas for informal discussion
- a dedicated audio-visual room for analysing both audio and video information