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Health Services Research

MSc |
Health Services Research explores the multifactorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions and to improve services.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016


Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years



Full-time: £7,500

Part-time: £3,750 per year


Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for professionals from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, including those who have worked in medical and allied health professions, local government, non-governmental organisations, research institutions and consultancies and pharmaceutical and healthcare

The course also provides a foundation for MPhil or PhD-level study in Health Services Research.


The MSc in Health Services Research offers advanced research training to enable graduates to conduct and evaluate research to understand and improve service delivery, quality of care and patient outcomes.

Health Services Research explores the multifactorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions to improve these outcomes.

Health Services Research addresses questions such as: Why are there still quality gaps in care? How can we speed up the translation of evidence into healthcare practice? How can we apply evidence to improve patients' self-management of long-term conditions? The MSc in Health Services Research equips students with the research knowledge, skills and experience to consume and generate primary and secondary research which addresses these questions.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in a medical/health or social sciences discipline is required (minimum 2:1 honours degree). Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial experience in health services will also be considered on an individual basis.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

years experience in providing education to health and social care professionals
in London and 9th in the UK for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health for research strength.
Central location
The School of Health Sciences is centrally placed in the largest concentration of hospitals in the UK, we work with over 70% of London NHS Trusts

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is undertaken via a mix of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, poster presentations, case study analysis, interactive computer based exercises, a virtual learning environment and self-directed reading.

Modules are assessed through a combination of methods. More specifically: research proposal; mini lab examination; systematic review; poster presentation; data analysis workbook; practical exam and associated lab report; formative online quiz.


Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Advanced research methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced data analysis (15 credits)
  • Developing complex interventions (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

  • Health Policy Process, Politics and Power (15 credits)
  • International Health Systems (15 credits)
  • Health policy in Britain (15 credits)
  • Management and Leadership in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Health Innovation and Change (15 credits)

Career prospects

The course gives students a thorough grounding in practical research and statistical skills enabling you to work in management, service provision and practice roles. You can go on to develop your career across a range of health service settings including the NHS, charities, industry, government, private practice and academic and research environments.

You will gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence based practice, and report writing is a career advantage. Students are also able to further their academic achievements by undertaking doctoral level study.

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