University of Essex

University of Essex

Health Research

Our MSc Research Methods in Health is one of two programmes we offer that can either be taken simply as Masters-level programmes or, alternatively, can be used as the Masters element of the ESRC-accredited pathways for our Doctoral Training Centre. This course offers a grounding and substantive introduction to the key methodological and theoretical components required to undertake health related research from a social scientific perspective. It combines quantitative and qualitative research perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods and the specific application of these research methods to the burgeoning health context (burgeoning in the sense of an ageing population and increased need for health care). This programme should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health-related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a good degree in a relevant subject area. Non-native speakers of English are required to show evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules

Core modules: dissertation; introduction to quantitative analysis; panel data methods; qualitative health research; theory and method in health research; introduction to survey design and management. Optional modules: Applied Sampling; Leadership In Health And Social Care; Leadership In Health And Social Care; Legal And Ethical Issues; Research Design And Critical Appraisal.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

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