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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PGDip Health Research

Programme code:PGD-MEDS-HRUCAS code:
Duration:18 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Rebecca Hawkins Contact

Total credits: 120

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 and the Diploma after a further year.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
MEDR5310M Getting Started in Health Research
MEDR5320M Capturing & Handling Data in Research
MEDR5120M Analytic Research
MEDR5130M Intervention Research

MEDR5120MAnalytic Research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDR5130MIntervention Research15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDR5310MGetting started in health research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDR5320MCapturing and Handling Data in Research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

YCHI5085M Informatics and Data Science in Health Care and Research
MEDR5250M Applied Qualitative Health Research
MEDR5180M Clinical Trials
MEDR5260M Health Economics
MEDR5145M Statistical Methods
MEDR5160M Systematic Reviews

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

MEDR5145MStatistical Methods in Health Research15 creditsNot running in 202324
MEDR5160MSystematic Reviews of Research15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDR5180MClinical Trials Research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDR5250MApplied Qualitative Health Research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDR5260MIntroduction to Health Economics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
YCHI5085MInformatics and Data Science in Health Care and Research15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 06/10/2023 10:24:40


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