Health Service Research MSc

2019-20

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

9 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473015

About the course

This exciting new course is aimed at health professionals who are currently engaged in applied health research or wish to pursue a career where research is a core component.

It provides you with the opportunity to develop a systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health services at an individual and/or organisational level.

Through the provision of research training the course aims to enhance the quality and evidence-base of your clinical research, practice and service development. You will be taught in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources, research and practice expertise.

The course allows you to foster links between research and practice by providing a framework for integrating relevant research, theory and knowledge. This may underpin your professional career aspirations, including further study at Doctoral level.

Course detail

Core modules:

Research Theory, Methods and Proposals

The module provides the theoretical and conceptual foundation for Master’s level research study within Human and Health Sciences. This has been designed with the aim for you to apply this knowledge to begin formulating research questions, design a project, and develop a research proposal. You will study topics in relation to developing research aims and objectives, research project design, research methods including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, as well as population and sampling techniques. You will be assessed through the production of a research proposal.

Personal development; Transferable Skills; Project Leadership and Management

This module provides the opportunity to develop your critical understanding and ability to plan, implement and manage a research project effectively. This may enhance your continuing personal development in key transferable skills of leadership, management, and research project conduct. The module aims to develop your practical skills in data storage, organisation and management, allowing you to gain a critical understanding for the application of collaborative team building, quality assurance and evaluation of research projects. Assessment will be through a presentation and two pieces of coursework.

Research Governance and Ethics

This module provides the theoretical and application skills for Master’s level research governance and ethics. You will study topics in this module on research governance in health settings, ethical principles, processes and approvals and access. You will critically evaluate current ethical policy and practice in health services research. You will also discuss data protection, storage and access to data, as well as apply this knowledge to your intended research project. Assessment will be through one piece of coursework.

Evidence and Knowledge Synthesis

The module provides the theoretical knowledge and practical application of systematic searching, critical appraisal and synthesis of published research, for Master’s level study within Human and Health Sciences. This has been designed with the aim for you to apply this knowledge in order to produce an evidence-based synthesis. You will study topics in relation to search strategies, online sources of knowledge, critical analysis and appraisal, policy evaluation, as well as quantitative and qualitative synthesis methods. Assessment will be through two pieces of coursework.

Research Project Dissertation

This module aims to integrate and consolidate the skills and knowledge from your previous studies. You will have the opportunity to undertake a full research project in applied health services research. The work undertaken will demonstrate appropriate design, methods and techniques along with interpretation and evaluation of the findings reported to a high professional standard. You will be supported to apply knowledge and skills in project leadership and management and defend the implications of wider dissemination of the work within healthcare context. Based on your results you will produce a draft paper for publication and a dissertation research report.

Phillip Keeley, Professor of Nursing and Head of the Department of Health Sciences

“This course enables healthcare professionals to engage in world-leading research training and provides a solid platform on which to develop research in healthcare in order to answer important clinical questions.

“The standard of teaching and practical research skills training is extremely high and is delivered by experienced, professional researchers from the departments' professorial and research teams.

“I would unequivocally recommend this course to any healthcare professional who wants to develop research in their clinical area and those considering Doctoral study in the future.”

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • You must be a registered healthcare professional.
  • Hold an honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

International students must be registered with a relevant professional body in their country of origin.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.