MSc Health Research

Key facts

(REF, 2014)

An MSc in Health Research is the ideal way for you as a new doctor to develop a research-related element in your career. It will give you the skills, awareness and discipline you need to carry out effective research to the highest level in a patient-centred, ethically sound way.


An MSc in Health Research at UEA is the ideal way for you as a new doctor to develop a research-related element in your career. It will give you the skills, awareness and discipline you need to carry out effective research to the highest level in a patient-centred, ethically sound way. 

The course will give you a broader, more considered approach to specialist areas of medical research, and develop both your practical and scientific skills. It will give you a deeper understanding of underlying theories and the importance of critical review in evidence-based medicine. It will also improve your confidence and help you communicate better as a medical professional.

Health Research is diverse and interest driven and we encourage you to be self-motivated and independent in defining your areas of study. Your academic clinical fellowship at UEA is designed to provide you with the support you need to carry out any kind of research you choose – whether it’s to create and implement new drugs and vaccines, or deliver the best possible health care. Our aim is to help you to carry through your research to its conclusion. In doing so, you will gain an appreciation of the huge breadth of medicine, the benefits of research and the value that you and other health professionals can bring to the advancement of knowledge.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of quantitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, trial design and statistics, 2: begin to acquire a basic understand of the concept of systematic reviews and meta analysis.









Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits


At masters degree level the purpose of PGT research masters degrees are primarily to familiarise and prepare students for careers with significant but diverse research components. This course meets the central need of all Clinical Researchers to communicate effectively in formats that are either written or oral and to a variety of audiences from their peers as researchers to members of the public. In this module students will focus on communicating the work they are undertaking and the rationale for it. Students will consider writing for peers and for the public, preparing abstracts, posters, papers and grant applications and giving oral presentations. By the end of the module students will have: #Written lay and professional abstracts #Assembled a poster #Given a presentation #Prepared a grant application



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module aims to equip students with an understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. It is suitable for students with and without an economics background as the course covers fundamental economic principles and their application to health care. These will include concepts of opportunity cost, supply and demand and efficiency. The module uses these principles to explore relevant topics in health and healthcare. The following topics are covered. The use of economic evaluation of health care interventions using techniques such as cost effectiveness analysis and cost benefit analysis. The application of economic principles to system level health policy issues such as health care priority setting, alternative models of health care financing and organisation, and equity and inequalities in health. There are also sessions of the determinants of and consequences of health and also the economics of health behaviour.




The purpose of this module is to build upon ideas introduced in the Introduction to Research Methods module and the Further Quantitative Research Methods module, the completion of which is necessary for entry to this course. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: increase students' depth and breadth of classical statistical techniques used in health research 2: introduce some newer ideas and outline some of the philosophies underlying certain statistical methodologies 3: apply basic statistical theory and the understanding of statistics in practice




Findings from systematic reviews have been increasingly used by health policy makers, clinicians and patients for making decisions. A systematic review of available evidence is also often required for developing new research, and for interpreting findings from a primary study. The module will include the following contents; 1.Introduction, framing questions, inclusion/exclusion criteria 2.Sources of evidence and literature search strategy 3.Data extraction, and validity assessment 4.Synthesizing evidence from qualitative studies 5.Synthesizing evidence from quantitative studies 6.Quality of systematic reviews, and overview of reviews 7.Recent development in research synthesis methods 8.Systematic review protocol. Learning outcome: Provides students with the skills and understanding to appraise and interpret published systematic reviews, to develop a protocol and undertake a systematic review. By the end of the module, students will be able to: #Frame questions appropriate for a systematic review #Design an appropriate literature search strategy #Assess the relevance and quality of primary studies #Qualitatively and quantitatively synthesize data from primary studies #Appropriately interpret findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis #Understand common pitfalls in systematic reviews and meta-analysis #Become familiar with recent method research relevant to systematic reviews.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


The purpose of this module is to illustrate the depth of skills and knowledge that have been developed through the MSc programme. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: gain practical experience in conducting research in an area of self-chosen content or subject material 2: gain practical experience of presenting their research in a written format 3: apply their knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies to their own area of self-chosen content or subject material. All students will be encouraged to consider their dissertation work for publication either within the University or in refereed academic journals.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Please refer to the East of England Deanery web pages (see link below) for details.

Entry Requirement

This course is only open to Academic Clinical Fellows appointed by the East of England Deanery. Click here for details of current vacancies.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 68 (minimum 68 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

This course is fully funded through the National Institute of Health Research.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

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If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
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International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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