Health Service Research MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This exciting new course is aimed at health professionals who are currently engaged in applied health research or wish to pursue a career where research is a core component.

It provides you with the opportunity to develop a systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health services at an individual and/or organisational level.

Through the provision of research training the course aims to enhance the quality and evidence-base of your clinical research, practice and service development. You will be taught in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources, research and practice expertise.

The course allows you to foster links between research and practice by providing a framework for integrating relevant research, theory and knowledge. This may underpin your professional career aspirations, including further study at Doctoral level.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You must:

•  Be a registered healthcare professional.

•  Hold an honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

International students must be registered with a relevant professional body in their country of origin.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.


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Course content

Year One

Core modules:

Research Theory, Methods and Proposals

The module provides the theoretical and conceptual foundation for Master’s level research study within Human and Health Sciences. This has been designed with the aim for you to apply this knowledge to begin formulating research questions, design a project, and develop a research proposal. You will study topics in relation to developing research aims and objectives, research project design, research methods including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, as well as population and sampling techniques. You will be assessed through the production of a research proposal.

Personal development; Transferable Skills; Project Leadership and Management

This module provides the opportunity to develop your critical understanding and ability to plan, implement and manage a research project effectively. This may enhance your continuing personal development in key transferable skills of leadership, management, and research project conduct. The module aims to develop your practical skills in data storage, organisation and management, allowing you to gain a critical understanding for the application of collaborative team building, quality assurance and evaluation of research projects. Assessment will be through a presentation and two pieces of coursework.

Research Governance and Ethics

This module provides the theoretical and application skills for Master’s level research governance and ethics. You will study topics in this module on research governance in health settings, ethical principles, processes and approvals and access. You will critically evaluate current ethical policy and practice in health services research. You will also discuss data protection, storage and access to data, as well as apply this knowledge to your intended research project. Assessment will be through one piece of coursework.

Year Two

Core modules

Evidence and Knowledge Synthesis

The module provides the theoretical knowledge and practical application of systematic searching, critical appraisal and synthesis of published research, for Master’s level study within Human and Health Sciences. This has been designed with the aim for you to apply this knowledge in order to produce an evidence-based synthesis. You will study topics in relation to search strategies, online sources of knowledge, critical analysis and appraisal, policy evaluation, as well as quantitative and qualitative synthesis methods. Assessment will be through two pieces of coursework.

Research Project Dissertation

This module aims to integrate and consolidate the skills and knowledge from your previous studies. You will have the opportunity to undertake a full research project in applied health services research. The work undertaken will demonstrate appropriate design, methods and techniques along with interpretation and evaluation of the findings reported to a high professional standard. You will be supported to apply knowledge and skills in project leadership and management and defend the implications of wider dissemination of the work within healthcare context. Based on your results you will produce a draft paper for publication and a dissertation research report.

Phillip Keeley, Professor of Nursing and Head of the Department of Health Sciences

“This course enables healthcare professionals to engage in world-leading research training and provides a solid platform on which to develop research in healthcare in order to answer important clinical questions.

“The standard of teaching and practical research skills training is extremely high and is delivered by experienced, professional researchers from the departments' professorial and research teams.

“I would unequivocally recommend this course to any healthcare professional who wants to develop research in their clinical area and those considering Doctoral study in the future.”

Teaching and assessment:

Learning and teaching is delivered through seminars (webinars), group work, practical experience lectures, and completion of on-line workbooks. Student-centred learning is used where appropriate and peer review and support is an integral part of the learning process.

In relation to the research skills and knowledge, you will be required to produce a dissertation in the final module of the course. You will be supported by a supervisor allocated to you at the beginning of the dissertation module (this may utilise a group supervision model). There is an emphasis on student-centred learning throughout the course.

The taught modules are designed to embed transferable skills and to allow you to progressively increase your knowledge and confidence in professional and specialist aspects and masters level research methods. Student choice in the development of your research ideas, proposal design and research activity encourages greater engagement with and control over your learning and contribution to knowledge and your professional practice.

All modules are supported by the University's virtual learning environment, Unilearn. The development of on-line delivery and material, is a key component of the teaching and learning strategy in this course.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course will enhance your opportunity to pursue a variety of research careers and/or further research training which support and advance clinical knowledge, research and practice.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Doctoral Level/PhD studies

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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