The Postgraduate Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as a stepping stone to a Postgraduate Diploma. The Certificate provides introductory research training for health professionals with an interest in researching health and healthcare, often undertaken within National Health Service Settings.
Through the course you will study a wide range of topics such as philosophy of research, quantitative and qualitative research design, critical appraisal of published papers, questionnaire design, recording and analysing data, analytic research design, systematic reviews and writing and disseminating research.
You'll be taught by academics who are active researchers and experienced in delivering high quality and practically focused learning and teaching. Your fellow students will come from a range of health disciplines creating a lively and dynamic learning environment.
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.
We have designed the course to fit around you and your personal and work commitments. You register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate, which you can join in either September or February. Successful completion of the Certificate means you can apply to register on the Postgraduate Diploma. All programmes are part time. Most modules are around four days' duration, with a gap of two or more weeks between modules. Typically, the Certificate can be gained after six months of study and the Diploma after a further year.
The Postgraduate Certificate is an introductory course in research skills and consists of four compulsory 15-credit modules. The certificate is offered twice yearly in September and February. Topics include the philosophy of research, quantitative and qualitative research design, critical appraisal of published papers, questionnaire design, recording and analysing data, analytic research design, systematic reviews and writing and disseminating research.
This course provides extensive use of problem-based classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Analytic Research 15 credits
- Intervention Research 15 credits
- Getting started in health research 15 credits
- Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Health Research PGCert in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
Effective and enjoyable learning about research skills involves activity: on this course you will find that there is extensive use of problem-based classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation.
You'll have access to electronic copies of all the teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment and to the Library's extensive collection of online journals.
Assessments reflect teaching style and depend heavily on the assignments. They could typically involve completion of problem schedules and workbooks and critical appraisal of published research.
Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.
Applying, fees and funding
Normally applicants should hold a degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, a profession allied to medicine, health management, a biological science or a social science.
Non-graduates can undertake programmes leading to postgraduate awards with the University of Leeds if they have adequate and relevant professional qualifications. We welcome enquiries and applications from non-graduates with work experience in health research.
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.
How to 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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