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MSc Health Research

Key facts

Start date September 2017

Please note the MSc can be started at any time during the academic year.

Duration/mode 30 months part time

UK/EU fees £7,000 (total)

International fees £15,750 (total)

Entry requirements Health Research PGDip

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components


This module is an introduction to the process of undertaking a research project under supervision, whether that be primary research (quantitative or qualitative in structure), secondary research (eg a systematic review), or service evaluation. Critical appraisal of published research will underpin the written account of the project, set out as a dissertation

Once you have successfully completed the four modules of the Postgraduate Certificate course and the four modules of the Diploma you will have an initial discussion with the module leader about your eligibility for the module and your idea for a project.

You’ll have access to University facilities, including the Health Sciences library, with the resources and quiet environment for individual study, and computing facilities.

More information

For the award of MSc in Health Research, you will complete one 60-credit module (Health Research Project). In this module you will undertake a supervised research project that is written up as a research dissertation. The 60 credits awarded for successful completion of the module are added to the 120 credits already awarded to you from your completion of the Diploma, resulting in 180 credits for award of the MSc.

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Course content

After completing the Certificate and Diploma programes, MSc students are required to complete one further 60-credit module. This module involves a supervised research project that is written up as a research dissertation.

The Masters dissertation provides the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project under the supervision of experienced researchers.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Health Research MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You will carry out your project, supervised regularly, over four semesters. As a guide it is expected that students will receive approximately six to ten supervision sessions, where a session is around 30 minutes. Sessions may be face-to-face but equally may be conducted over the phone or be in the form of comment provided on written work. At its completion, the project will be written up as a dissertation (usually 10,000-12,000 words).


You will submit your 10,000–12,000 word dissertation, which will be read and marked by two different examiners.

Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

You will already have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research before joining the MSc. The Diploma provides 120 credits. The research module you will study on the MSc will make the total credits up to 180.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


UK/EU fees: £7,000 (total)
International fees: £15,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

NHS employees

Each year we’re able to fund attendance of a number of NHS employees from money awarded to us by the NHS's Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. To qualify for these funded places you should work for the NHS in the Yorkshire and the Humber area. These funded places are not available to medical or dental practitioners. Contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Admissions team if you want to discuss funding.

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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 programme have gone on to research degrees, research fellowships, and research posts within the NHS and the university sector.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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