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Professional Doctorate in Applied Health Research - MSc

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Course Description

Developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations is becoming increasingly important. Our MSc in Applied Health Research will equip you with the skills necessary to develop a career in the health sector or to design, implement and publish healthcare research.

It offers an excellent grounding in applied health research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics.

Our expertise

When you join our department you are joining one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research teams. Our world leading experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.

Course content

The MSc in Applied Health Research involves a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Masters programme (180 credits). You will take taught modules worth a total of 120 credits. The compulsory modules worth 70 credits are:

-Introduction to Regression Analysis (10 credits)

-Epidemiology (10 credits)

-Randomised Controlled Trials (10 credits)

-Systematic Reviews (10 credits)

-Qualitative Health Research (10 credits)

-Health Economics (10 credits)

-Introduction to Health Statistics (10 credits)

In addition you will choose modules worth 50 credits from the following:

-Health and Social Behaviour (20 credits)

-Health Policy - Principles, Practice and the Evidence Base (10 credits)

-Further Regression Analysis (10 credits)

-Understanding Clinical Statistics (10 credits)

-Measurement in Health and Disease (10 credits)

-Infection and Disease (20 credits)*

-Public Health Foundations in Practice (20 credits)*

-Health Research in Practice (10 credits)

* Please note Applied Health Research students can only take either Infection and Disease or Public Health Foundations and Practice

Visit the Applied Health Research - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Harrison

2431.jpg Alex studied on the MSc Applied Health Research.

Alex lives in an outlying village 15 miles from York and commutes in to campus. He enjoys studying in York’s many coffee bars and study centres. He also enjoys visiting friends who live in the area and watching sports in one of York’s 365 pubs.

To read about a week in Alex's life log on to: http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/student-podcasts/alex-harrison/

(Student Profile)

Kirsty Lee

2432.jpg I decided to study for a Masters in Applied Health Research because I wanted to gain research-based skills and I thought that York was an excellent place to do this. I have a background in Psychology, but I am interested in health outcomes, so this was the perfect course as it allowed me to bridge a gap in my knowledge.

The teaching quality at York is very high and I was taught by world-renowned academics. Whilst at York I was awarded a PhD Fellowship at the University of Warwick. I am certain the course added strength to my application.

My success in winning the Departmental award for Outstanding Taught Postgraduate Academic Achievement is something that I am very proud of. I was really pleased to receive acknowledgement of my hard work.

I really enjoyed my whole time at York, I made a lot of great friends and met a lot of interesting people. I would strongly recommend the course to anyone considering it. The skills you will learn, the people you will meet and the experience you will have will be invaluable. On top of all that, York is a beautiful city to live in. My year in York is one that I will cherish.


MSc Applied Health Research studentship - Single Award

Applications are invited for a studentship for the MSc in Applied Health Research hosted within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, commencing in October 2018.Applicants should make a statement about why they need financial support.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The studentship is open to both 'overseas' and 'home/EU' applicants. Only applicants who have obtained a minimum of 2.1 degree or equivalent will be considered for the studentship. Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree result will not be considered.For applicants whose first language is not English there is a minimum requirement of an IELTS overall score of at least 7, with a minimum of at least 6.5 in each component of the test.

Application Procedure

Applications should be received no later than 22 March 2018 before 16:00h (BST). Applications will not be considered for the scholarship after this date and no exceptions will be made.

When completing the electronic form, applicants will need to state that they are applying for the advertised studentship and include ref: AHR2018 under the ‘How studies will be funded’ section, in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Interviews will take place week commencing 19 April 2018 from 10am (BST) via Skype or similar communication tools. Please make sure that you are available at this time as no other interview times and dates will be offered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.

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