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Health Research, PG Dip

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
PG DipPart-time18 monthsSeptember, October, November, March, April, MayGBP 2750 per totalGBP 6500 per total

About Health Research, PG Dip - at University of Leeds

The Health Research PGDip offers intermediate research training to health professionals, research staff and research students. Modules include Statistical Methods, Systematic Reviews, Clinical Trials, Applied Qualitative Health Research and Health Economics. Classes include a lively mix of students from a range of health disciplines.

The programme offers high quality learning and teaching and is aimed at people with a professional interest in researching health and healthcare, often undertaken within National Health Service settings. The academic staff who teach you are active health researchers.

You'll have access to University facilities, including the Health Sciences Library, which provides computing facilities, a broad range of books and journals and a quiet environment for private study.

More information

You register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme. On satisfactory completion of the Certificate you may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma. All programmes are part time and flexible.

Most modules are around four days' duration, usually with a gap of several weeks between modules. Typically, the Certificate can be gained after six months of study and the Diploma after a further year.

  • Course content

    The Diploma builds on the introductory research skills you have gained through the Certificate. You will study four 15-credit modules. The choice of Diploma modules offer greater depth of study in particular aspects of research, for example, in qualitative research, in systematic reviews, in health economics and in statistics for health research.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Analytic Research 15 credits
    • Intervention Research 15 credits
    • Getting started in health research 15 credits
    • Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits

    Optional modules

    • Statistical Methods in Health Research 15 credits
    • Systematic Reviews of Research 15 credits
    • Clinical Trials Research 15 credits
    • Applied Qualitative Health Research 15 credits
    • Introduction to Health Economics 15 credits
    • Informatics in Health Care 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Health Research PGDip in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials are available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally. You'll have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment and to the library's extensive collection of online journals.


    Assessment is predominately by coursework, which takes place during the semester in which the module is taught.

    Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    You will already have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research before joining the Diploma. The Certificate provides 60 credits, the additional four modules you will study on the Diploma make your total credits up to 120.

    We also welcome people who have not studied the Certificate but want to attend individual modules. They should hold a degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, a profession allied to medicine, health management, a biological science, or have relevant vocational experience.

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Admissions Team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


    How to apply

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: £2,750 (total)

    International: £6,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

    NHS employees

    Each year we're able to fund attendance of a number of NHS employees from money awarded to us by the NHS's Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. To qualify for these funded places you should work for the NHS in the Yorkshire and the Humber area. These funded places are not available to medical or dental practitioners. Contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Admissions team if you want to discuss funding.

  • Career opportunities

    Many of our successful participants work in the UK National Health Service or in universities associated with the NHS and its research projects. Graduates of this programme have gone on to research degrees, research fellowships, and research posts within the NHS and the university sector.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Related courses

    Health Research PGCert (Part time)

Entry requirements

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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