Health Services Research MSc is part of the Population Health Sciences Institute. We lead high-impact research to:
- understand, promote and maintain health and wellbeing for all
- identify, tackle and prevent the causes of ill-health and reduce inequalities
- design and evaluate novel interventions to optimise health and care
Our MSc is ideal for students seeking to gain or enhance a high level of health research skills. It combines a range of high-standard health services research methods. They have the principles of public health science and practice.
You'll complete the course with the skills to be able to proceed with a PhD or tackle higher-level analyses in your area of health services research.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
What you'll learn
Among the areas covered are:
- systematic reviewing and critical appraisal
- evaluative methods in health services research
- applications of epidemiology to public health
- tackling and challenging health inequalities and other social determinants of health
- health systems and healthcare policy
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation.
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 preparation or further reading.
Some of the issues covered include:
- what is the gold-standard approach to the evaluation of a healthcare intervention?
- how can we select and apply appropriate tools and methods in conducting systematic reviews?
- how can we evaluate health systems' performance from a comparative perspective?
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Our staff tackle global and public health issues. The large range of disciplines include:
- public health
- primary care
- political science
- medical and applied health specialities
- psychology and behavioural science
- applied epidemiology
- data science
- health economics
Our staff lead high-impact research as part of the Population Health Sciences Insititute.
Research themes include Public Health and Health Inequalities.
Degree Programme Director - Michele Castelli
Deputy Degree Programme Director - Dr Shelina Visram
You'll follow your interests and develop specialisms. This will be through the public health research project developed in collaboration with staff. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academics, or propose your own.
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 a thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods. You’ll have regular research supervision throughout the course.
You'll complete the course with the skills to proceed with a PhD or start. You may choose to develop your career in public health and health services or related areas.
Graduates can go on to work in:
- the voluntary sector
- healthcare and service delivery
- the private sector where there is involvement with providing healthcare and public services
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll be based in the Baddiley-Clark Building, adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.
You'll have access to:
- open plan workspaces
- meeting rooms of all sizes
- 'breakout' areas for informal discussions
- Walton Library
You'll work in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. This is part of our city-centre campus.
The Faculty is also home to:
It is on the same site as Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital. We are one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
- individual research laboratories where students carry out their projects
- a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
- hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
- dedicated facilities for a range of key bioscience applications. This includes flow cytometry, bioinformatics, imaging, genomics and proteomics
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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