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Applied Health Research MRes, PGCert

1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to study and practise applied health research at an advanced level.

Applied Health Research MRes, PGCert, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to study and practise applied health research at an advanced level.

Course information

UK fee £9,300

International fee £24,500

Taught by Population Health Sciences

MRes Course Administrator

Department of Population Health Sciences

Course description

Course description

Research into health and healthcare is essential for:

  • understanding the causes, presentation and management of health conditions
  • informing the development and evaluation of innovative health technologies, treatments, care pathways and services
  • informing health policy decision making

Our course will equip you with knowledge and skills needed for evidence-based health and healthcare research. You will be based within the Department of Population Health Sciences which has an international reputation for innovative research in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology and healthcare improvement.

You will learn from globally leading researchers actively involved in tackling current health challenges and develop as an effective change agent for current and future health policies and clinical practices.  

Our teaching portfolio is informed by the Department’s world-leading research, which means that the curriculum and all your course materials will be based on the latest insights and understanding into current health and healthcare challenges.

You will receive a comprehensive grounding in both quantitate and qualitative research methods, while developing key transferable, highly in-demand skills in research practice, critical appraisal, academic writing for grant proposals and peer-reviewed journals, group and independent working, public and patient engagement, communication and presentation of research, and research management, policy, governance and ethics. 

We offer different options for your study: the Masters in Research (MRes) can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. You also have the option for a Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the modules but not the dissertation, which is available part-time over one year. 

The teaching is arranged in blocks to give you the flexibility to fit study around your existing work commitments. This flexible course is ideal for social scientists, health researchers and those preparing for a PhD as well as intercalating medical students, clinical allied health professionals (nurses, midwives, dietitians, etc), healthcare improvement and laboratory scientists.

Modules on this degree are also available as stand-alone CPD courses.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Relevant 2:1 degree (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in September 2024

  • MRes: £9,300
  • PGCert: £3,240

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Specialist Registrars may be able to offset the cost of fees from their study leave budget. Please discuss this with your Clinical Tutor before applying.  

Find out more about fees and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible. (MRes only. Not available for PGCert.)

If you are a University of Leicester alumni, you may be eligible for the Centenary Alumni Discount which offers a 20% fee reduction

International Students

Starting in September 2024

  • MRes: £24,500
  • PGCert: Part-time only - not available to international students

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Please note that part-time study is not available to international (non-EU) students.

If you are a University of Leicester alumni, you may be eligible for the Centenary Alumni Discount which offers a 20% fee reduction

Find out more about fees and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide a training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world. 

For many graduates our course has been a gateway to a research-based career or a means of advancing their career in health or social care using the transferable skills they have obtained. For example, career opportunities include research nurse, research/scientific manager, data analyst, health policy analyst, university researcher, systematic reviewer, and research advisor.  

Others graduates have found that the course is an excellent foundation for doctoral research and increases their chances in obtaining highly competitive PhD scholarships. In addition to comprehensive academic knowledge, this course provides important transferable skills including critical thinking, research design, quantitate and qualitative data analysis, research communication and governance. These skills are highly valued when applying for a PhD scholarship around the world. 

International students who study at the University of Leicester may be eligible for a Graduate Visa which grants permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successful completion of their course.


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Related courses

Course structure



Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus your Dissertation (Applied Health Research) (MRes only)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.



A Dissertation (Applied Health Research) is a substantial piece of written work that offers a detailed, sustained and critical treatment of a chosen topic. It gives you an opportunity to complete a project under expert supervision, demonstrating the knowledge and experience you have acquired during the taught modules. Your dissertation counts for 120 of the 180 credits that make up the MRes. (You will not do a dissertation if you choose to study for a PGCert.)

Examples of previous dissertations

  • Participation in the UK bowel cancer screening programme: the importance of gender
  • The barriers and drivers to recording of chronic kidney disease in primary care: a qualitative study of the experience of general practitioners
  • Effect of electrotherapy on pain in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy; a comparison between electrotherapy and control (sham) a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Exploring and understanding patients' experiences of attending a diabetes education course, facilitated by a lay educator and health care professional and their acceptability of lay people as educators
  • Mental health nurses' perceptions of barriers to research utilisation: A mixed methods study
  • Clinical inertia in the management of T2DM in primary care. Retrospective analysis of Wandsworth data: 1998-2007
  • Facing up to violence against doctors in china - A systematic review of its prevalence, causes, and actions to reduce the problem
  • Pay for performance and the unintended consequences for patient-centred care: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature
  • A meta-ethnographic study exploring the perspectives of Canadian Aboriginal persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: What socioeconomic factors promote or impede access to and engagement with healthcare services
  • Overcoming the barriers: An exploration of the experiences of practising clinicians who engage in research within an NHS Foundation Trust
  • A comparison of myocardial strain and strain rates assessed by speckle tracking echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis
  • A qualitative study of the health and social benefits associated with the provision of community based outdoor gyms
  • Do outdoor gyms significantly increase physical activity levels and is this sustained?
  • In-centre nocturnal haemodialysis: Three months of extended night time haemodialysis on physical performance and quality of life in prevalent haemodialysis patients
  • An exploration of the relationship between the lunar cycle and admissions to the psychiatric wards of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • What makes managing physical health challenging, from the perspective of staff working in an Early Intervention for Psychosis team?
  • Interventions for improving fertility in women with tubal occlusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

The Department of Population Health Sciences has approximately 140 academic, research, teaching, and support staff meaning that you will get all the support you need. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 96% of our research outputs in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care were judged to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*), ranking the Department 12th place nationally.

The Department of Population Health Sciences is engaged in internationally competitive research across a wide range of topics, including epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, primary care, health services research, and psychiatry. We are also a strong research force locally, with many of our academic staff are affiliated with NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre to lead novel patient-centred research to improve health and healthcare.

The University of Leicester is ranked 2nd in the UK for its world leading research in clinical Medicine (2021 Research Excellent Framework - REF) . The 2024 Times Higher World University ranking also places Leicester joint 14th in the UK as well as in the top 125 in the world for Clinical and Health Sciences.

Teaching and learning

Our topical curriculum draws on the latest research into health and healthcare. You will learn from world leading researchers involved with translating scientific advances into improvements in health and health policy. 

Option modules will allow you to specialise in areas that are relevant to you and your practice. Each module is taught in blocks of two to three teaching days a week for a total of five or six days per module. Assessment is a mix of oral presentations, and written assignments.

We will help match a project for your dissertation to your interests. You will be allocated a personal tutor as well as a supervisor for your dissertation, which will be assessed by written submission and an oral viva exam.

Previous projects have included: 

  • Feasibility study of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme
  • Secondary analysis of survey and interview data on body image and exercise
  • Development of a taxonomy for coding healthcare complaints
  • Systematic review on blood based markers in pancreatic cancer

Key dates

September 2024 start

  • Application deadline: 9 September 2024 (Please note if you require a visa to study you will be required to submit your course application by 26 July 2024)
  • Deposit payment deadline: 9 August 2024
  • CAS request deadline: 6 September 2024
  • 70% tuition payment deadline: 6 September 2024

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Course Applied Health Research Qualification MRes Duration 2 years part-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Applied Health Research Qualification PGCert Duration 1 year, part-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
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The course was insightful and the staff were really supportive and approachable. The course has opened a lot of opportunities for me and I would not be where I am in my career without the MRes. I am now employed as a Research Nurse for a large 20-year cohort study. For those with an interest in research I would definitely recommend it.

Sian, Nurse

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