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Health Research (MSc)

Warwick Medical School
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
3,020 GBP
Start dates
3,020 GBP
October 2020

3,020 GBP
October 2021

3,020 GBP
October 2022

Program description

Health Research (MSc)

The Health Research program is for those intending to go on to a career that involves health-related research. This includes those aiming for a PhD and those wanting to undertake high quality research as part of their professional practice in healthcare.

The program is carefully structured, developed and delivered by experts in their field of research, often drawing on individual research experience. The program covers research methods, statistics and broader research skills.

This program is also available in Part time with 3 years duration.

Admission requirements

Who is the course for?

Our students have included graduates from a range of disciplines who have an interest in health. This includes:

  • Biology
  • Organisation science
  • Behavioural science
  • Social sciences
  • Education
  • Medical and health sciences

We also have health professionals on the course who have an interest in undertaking research as part of their professional practice.

Entry requirements:

We welcome applications from graduates with at least a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject.

We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years’ work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

International students will be required to show sufficient competence in English (IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing and no component below 6.0).

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Program content

The program consists of two parts: formal teaching and an individual research dissertation.

For the MSc you will complete a total of six taught modules and a dissertation. The taught modules will include three core modules and at least two core option modules from the list below. For the sixth module you can either take a core-option module or choose a Masters module from across the University that will provide you with at least equivalent credit, subject to advice from and approval by the Course Director. We include some suggested options below. Your dissertation will consist of an independent piece of research on a health topic of your choice, supported by an experienced dissertation supervisor.

The dissertation can help you prepare to undertake a PhD or, if you are a health professional, enable you to initiate research within the healthcare context where you work.


Before completing the course, you will undertake our Induction and Professional Development module, introducing you to all the underpinning regulations, guidance and support available to you during your postgraduate study.

Core modules

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Health Care
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Core Option modules

  • Design, Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiological Research
  • Mixed Methods for Health Research
  • Introduction to Health Economics (for Non-Economists)

Optional modules

You may choose a Masters level module from across the University available in the relevant year of study. You must take advice from the Course Director about your choice to ensure it will provide what you need from your studies. Your module choice is subject to approval by the Course Director. Students will be expected to check the timetabling of modules to ensure dates do not clash with other module commitments. The following are some suggested optional modules:

  • A module from the Warwick Medical School Master's program
  • Approaches to the Digital
  • Complexity in the social sciences
  • Digital Objects, Digital Methods
  • Gender, Imperialism and International Development
  • Themes and Methods in Medical History

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma are required to successfully complete three core modules, at least two core option modules and one core option or optional module.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate are required to successfully complete three core modules.

Tuition fees


  • Fee per 20 CATS module - £1,330
  • Postgraduate Certificate - £4,010
  • Postgraduate Diploma - £8,020


  • MSc Health Research - £3,020

Scholarships & funding

The scholarships most relevant for students at Warwick Medical School are:

  • Warwick Taught Master’s Scholarship Scheme
  • Chevening Scholarships (international applicants only)
  • Fulbright-University of Warwick Award
  • Li Xiaoming Scholarship (Chinese applicants only)
  • International Scholarships

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

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About this institute

Warwick Medical School

Warwick Medical School

Established in 2000, Warwick Medical School (WMS) forms part of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine at the University of Warwick. We are home to the UK's largest graduate-entry MB ChB programme and have two undergraduate courses on offer,...

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Warwick Medical School

University of Warwick
CV4 7AL Coventry
United Kingdom

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