Postgraduate

Health Services Research MSc, PGDip

Health Services Research MSc, PGDip

MSc - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 or 36 months
PGDip- full time: 9 months, part time: 21 months

Profile

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in Health Services Research in the UK, internationally with the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad), local government, the voluntary sector or academic health care.

You will study:

  • the factors that can influence the health of populations
  • the provision of health and health care
  • research skills
  • how to apply research findings to improve health and the delivery of health care services 

One third of the course involves a research project, which is developed in collaboration with staff in the Institute of Health and Society. Your research project will focus on a topic in health services research. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or propose your own research area.

100% of students surveyed said their overall expectations of the course were met, Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey 2012

Projects vary and can involve:

  • primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
  • secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
  • systematic review

You receive thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods, and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course. You are encouraged to present your research at conferences and publish in peer reviewed journals, for example the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Delivery

The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. Your project and dissertation are an extremely valuable opportunity for you to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the taught component of the course.

96% of students were satisfied with the level of dissertation supervision they were given, Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey 2012


Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work. Some teaching sessions may involve student presentations, and preparatory or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Some of our modules are taught in three day blocks over three weeks. Others are taught in three hour blocks.

Student profile

On a postgraduate course there is greater integration between lecturers and students, which makes it more enjoyable. This year, I am most looking forward to completing some of my research abroad.

Jessie's student profile
Jessie M

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Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a medical, health or social sciences discipline. You can also apply if you have successfully completed the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, or equivalent.

If you have a different background you will be considered on an individual basis. If you have non-standard qualifications then you will be invited to an interview.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with at least 7.0 in writing)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but we recommend that you apply by the start of September. 

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Public Health Programme Team
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8755
Email: pghealth@newcastle.ac.uk