University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Applied Health Services Research

The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever practitioners and researchers need skills for developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based health care in highly complex situations. This programme provides students with the skills and knowledge to tackle these challenges. Topics such as patient and public involvement, collaborative working, evidence-based practice, complex interventions, health economics, clinical trials and medical statistics provides a common thread that runs throughout the programme.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Some examples of recent modules and the topics covered are as follows;
Core Concepts & Paradigms, which covered; Health services & systems; Complex interventions; Systematic reviews; Qualitative and quantitative research; Evidence-based practice; and Patient and public involvement.
Implementation Science, which covered; Diffusion of innovations; Behaviour change; Quality improvement and indicators; Surveillance and intervention mapping and Environmental impact and sustainability.
Fundamentals of Health Services Research Methods, which covered; Ethics and governance; Research questions; Outcome measures and survey design; Qualitative methods; Statistics; Health Economics and Modelling in Health and Social Care.
Advanced Health Services Methods which covered; Observational study designs; Clinical trials design (including feasibility and pilot studies); Adapting methods to complex situation; Process evaluation (qualitative, quantitative methods); Statistics (advanced techniques); Health economics (advanced); Qualitative methods - secondary data analysis and qualitative synthesis and Designing a research protocol.

Assessment methods

Taught modules will be assessed through literature reviews, essays, written reports and presentations. We use case studies and problem-based learning approaches to encourage students to work collaboratively and learn from each other.

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,600 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
+44(0)1392 723044