Health Research

The Health Research programme

The Health Research programme

Health research is a masters-level programme that offers education and training in research – for the health professions and for research staff working in the health service or health-related university sector. Our typical class is a mix of NHS and research staff representing all of the clinical health professions (including doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, health visitors, paramedics, dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers, and speech & language therapists), together with medical physicists and clinical scientists, and NHS staff who don’t have a clinical background but are working in research-related activities (such as audit, clinical effectiveness, or research projects). The programme has entry twice a year – in September and February.

Certificate, Diploma and MSc

For a summary of available modules and relevant dates see the flyer for Certificate Sept 2016, Certificate February 2017  and the Diploma 2016-17.

The programme has three subdivisions: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc. All participants start by undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate – four compulsory modules, each of 15 credits, amounting to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate when completed successfully. Those who successfully complete the Certificate who wish to do so then enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma – choosing four 15-credit modules from a menu of nine or ten options, receiving the Postgraduate Diploma when these modules have successfully been completed. Some of those with the Diploma can then enrol on to the MSc – undertaking a research project under supervision; the MSc is awarded when the dissertation concerned with the research project has been submitted and deemed to be at a pass standard.

The teaching and the assessment

Most modules are taught at the University's School of Medicine (close to Leeds General Infirmary in central Leeds) as short courses of consecutive days, generally around 4 days of attendance – with some of the modules divided into 2-day or 3-day segments. We believe that effective and enjoyable learning about research skills involves activity: on this course you will find that there is extensive use of problem-based classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation. Assessments reflect teaching style and depend heavily on assignments: typically completion of problem schedules and workbooks and assessment of critical appraisal of published research.