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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PGCert Health Research

Programme code:PGC-MEDS-HRUCAS code:
Duration:6 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr D Owens Contact address:d.w.owens@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 60

Entry requirements:

- Normally, a degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, health care, health management, a biological science, a social science or in a profession allied to medicine.
- Applications are encouraged from non-graduates with work experience in health research.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, School of Medicine

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Postgraduate Programmes Examinations Committee, School of Medicine

Programme specification:

The programme will offer high quality learning and teaching, in a flexible way, and at an advanced level. Aimed at people with a professional interest in the research of health and health-care - often undertaken within National Health Service settings - the teaching exploits the clinical research expertise in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology and Health. It is distinctive for a number of reasons:

The Programme will provide students with a range of opportunities to develop research skills. The Certificate modules offer an introduction to research. The general principles that are covered include: the collection and handling of data, statistical testing, and writing about and disseminating research. Specific topics include study of case-control studies, cohort studies, clinical trials, systematic reviews, and economic analyses of health interventions. Much of the learning is undertaken in problem-based activities, practical classes, and seminars that emphasis student involvement.

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 the statistics of mathematical models. The Masters dissertation provides the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project under the supervision of experienced researchers.

The programme is part-time and flexible, offering most of its modules in short courses of 2 to 4 days duration - usually with a gap of several weeks between modules. Typically, the Certificate can be gained after 6 months of study, the Diploma after a further year, and the Masters degree after another year of work.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MEDR5120MAnalytic Research15 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1, 1 Sept to 31 Jan (adv yr)
MEDR5130MIntervention Research15 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
MEDR5310MGetting started in health research15 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
MEDR5320MCapturing and Handling Data in Research15 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1

Last updated: 18/08/2016

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