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Master's in Research Applied Health Studies MRes/PG Dip/PG Cert

Master’s in Research (Applied Health Studies) will equip you with the methodological skills to carry out applied research at doctoral level, which can be useful in any setting both in the UK and in other countries.

Overview

The programme incorporates a wide range of specialised teaching, the course enables you to develop your understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of research practice.

Reasons to study Master's in Research Applied Health Studies at DMU:

  • Taught by a diverse and experienced academic team who are recognised experts
  • Explore both traditional and long-standing research methods, plus innovative approaches to social research
  • Develop a range of technical and specialist skills as well as a philosophical understanding of key scholarly debates
  • Apply methodological constructs directly to your work-based interests
  • A grounding in research methods can support your application for PhD study

“The main benefit of studying in Health and Life Sciences is the focus on the development of progressive research, because of this commitment; the research process is fully supported and encouraged. From initial ethical approval to the final completion and viva, each step of the systematic enquiry is prioritised, enabled and celebrated. This has made me feel that I have a very special position within the university.”

“I would recommend DMU to anyone considering undertaking a degree for all of these reasons. With the professional student-centred support, coupled with the desire to achieve, every student is guaranteed to achieve at the highest level entering into a professional career with an excellent qualification from a highly respected institution.”
Dan Allen, student.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90075

Duration:
One year full-time, two years part-time

Attendance:
Full-time attendance is one day per week or half a day if studying part-time

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £4,980
Part-time
15 credit taught module £415
45 credit dissertation £1,245

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90075

Duration:
One year full-time, two years part-time

Attendance:
Full-time attendance is one day per week or half a day if studying part-time

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £12,700

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

  • A good 2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant subject
  • Or a good 2:2 honours degree or above plus relevant professional experience
  • Or a portfolio of professional qualifications and/or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an honours degree
  • Or an appropriate postgraduate diploma at a good standard

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

This course offers rigorous multi-disciplinary training in traditional and innovative research methods and enables you to develop an advanced critical appreciation of key methodological debates.

  • Research Designs in Health - develops a critical understanding of socio-political aspects of research, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs and to plan a research project
  • Research Dilemmas and Strategies - is designed to develop advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of research strategies and philosophical assumptions underlying research decisions
  • Making Sense of Quantitative and Qualitative Data - develops advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Advanced Statistics and Data Analysis - is designed to give a thorough appreciation of handling complex data sets, analysing quantitative data and presenting numerical data graphically in an accessible fashion
  • Research Dissertation - involves a requirement to present two bound copies of a formally presented dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Plus a specialist pathway module:

  • Health Policy and Strategy - examines the broad UK health policy context within which professionals, patients and the public engage. Explore the relationship of health to wider social policies.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching typically consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops for some modules and e-learningworkshops, as well as one-to-one supervision and self-directed study.

Assessment in taught modules is by coursework, primarily essays, reports, mini-projects, presentations, method exercises, and a dissertation. There are no formal exams.

For the MRes (180 credits) you will complete a dissertation of 15,000 words; however the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) may be awarded on completion of 120 credits, or a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) on completion of 60 credits.

Academic expertise

The course is taught by staff from a range of disciplines, who are all recognised experts in their fields.

Methodological expertise in quantitative methods and statistics is offered by Jean Hine and Dr Peter Norrie; and in qualitative approaches by Prof Brown, Dr Scott Yates and Dr Sally Ruane. Specific subject-relevant research expertise is offered by Dr Sally Ruane and Prof Rob Baggott of the Health Policy Research Unit.

Training in the management and planning of research studies is also offered by Professor Brown, while Dr Scott Yates offers a grounding in the epistemological and theoretical challenges for intending postgraduate researchers.

Aside from their teaching responsibilities, the team also offers individual supervision for students undertaking MRes dissertations, and their own expertise spans such areas as:

  • Communication in healthcare
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Influencing health policy
  • Public health
  • Criminal justice
  • Pathways into youth crime
  • Young people and disability
  • Youth justice
  • Information technology

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Graduate careers

This course offers a route into doctoral research or a wider research career on a global level.

Professionals with some years’ experience seeking to enhance the research dimension of the workplace will find the opportunity to develop a level of research expertise which can be taken back into the arena of professional practice for work-based application. 

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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50% off selected PG courses

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round. If you can't visit the university in person, you can also sign up for one of our online chats. Find out more.

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If you are unable to visit the university in person, we hold regular events where you can chat online with an adviser. Find out more.

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De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.

 
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