Health Research

Applications for November 2020, as well as February, March and April 2021 entry to the course remain open. To apply to start in our November 2020, February 2021 , March 2021 or April 2021 intakes, please visit last year’s course page for information and to apply.

The Health Research PGDip offers intermediate research training to health professionals, research staff and research students. Modules include Statistical Methods, Systematic Reviews, Clinical Trials, Applied Qualitative Health Research and Health Economics. Classes include a lively mix of students from a range of health disciplines.

Develop and connect

The programme offers high quality learning and teaching and is aimed at people with a professional interest in researching health and healthcare, often undertaken within National Health Service settings. The academic staff who teach you are active health researchers.

You’ll have access to University facilities, including the Health Sciences Library, which provides computing facilities, a broad range of books and journals and a quiet environment for private study.

More information

You register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme. On satisfactory completion of the Certificate you may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma. All programmes are part time and flexible.

Most modules are around four days’ duration, usually with a gap of several weeks between modules. Typically, the Certificate can be gained after six months of study and the Diploma after a further year.


Course content

The Diploma builds on the introductory research skills you have gained through the Certificate. You will study four 15-credit modules. The choice of 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 statistics for health research.

Compulsory modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Analytic Research 15 credits
  • Intervention Research 15 credits
  • Getting started in health research 15 credits
  • Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Statistical Methods in Health Research 15 credits
  • Systematic Reviews of Research 15 credits
  • Clinical Trials Research 15 credits
  • Applied Qualitative Health Research 15 credits
  • Introduction to Health Economics 15 credits

Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials are available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally. You’ll have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment and to the library’s extensive collection of online journals.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Entry requirements

You will already have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research before joining the Diploma. The Certificate provides 60 credits, the additional four modules you will study on the Diploma make your total credits up to 120.

We also welcome people who have not studied the Certificate but want to attend individual modules. They should hold a degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, a profession allied to medicine, health management, a biological science, or have relevant vocational experience.


  • UK: £6,833 (total)
  • International: £15,000 (total)

Career opportunities

Many of our successful participants work in the UK National Health Service or in universities associated with the NHS and its research projects. Graduates of this course have gone on to research degrees, research fellowships, and research posts within the NHS and the university sector.


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