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MSc Health Services Research

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 2017


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 industries.

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.

The course explores the multifactorial causes of healthcare outcomes to develop and evaluate complex interventions and to improve services.

As a student on the course you will 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 course will equip you 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.

Other suitable qualifications

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

IELTS: 7.0

INTO English Language Programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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

Applications are now open for September 2017.

For more information contact us on:

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

years experience in providing education to health and social care professionals
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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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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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)
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

The course will give you 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. Graduates are also able to further their academic achievements by undertaking doctoral level study.

Applications are now open for September 2017.

For more information contact us on:

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

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