University of Bath

University of Bath

Research in Health Practice

Research in Health Practice is a modular postgraduate programme which has been designed to meet the professional needs of a range of health and social care practitioners who are interested in developing their skills as researchers in practice. This flexible programme enables students to build knowledge and skills in designing and conducting programmes of research. Most appealing is the online aspect, meaning that our students can remain within the practice area whilst gaining an all important Masters level qualification (helping them to progress to specialist practitioner or consultant level within the NHS). The programme provides an innovative and integrated blend of knowledge based, activity based and experiential learning, underpinned by self reflection and peer review. A virtual learning environment will form the focus for organising the learning, providing a platform for discussion and sharing of ideas. By utilising web based delivery blended with summer schools (typically 5 days in length), the programme meets the learning needs of busy health and social care practitioners. Learning is supported throughout the programme by a Personal Development Adviser (PDA) who utilise learning needs analysis and personal development planning techniques to provide motivation.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university; or 2 years post qualification, graduation or registration experience in an appropriate context (normally health, social care, education or clinical/medical context). English requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the 4 components), or PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component. References: 1 reference is required, either an academic reference or a practice based/employer reference.

Course modules

Year 1 (Certificate): introduction to practice based research; research design and methods; evidence into practice; research in practice: preparation and planning. Year 2 (Diploma): research in practice: design and development; professional, organisational and quality issues in practice; health policy in an international context; optional units. Year 3 (MSc): dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of written assignments, literature reviews, research protocols and reflective accounts.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,300 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,300 per Academic year (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies Warminster BA12 8PY South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01225 386180