Master of Research in Health Research


This programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health-related research component to their career. Guided by a supervision team you will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management, and research governance.

There is an opportunity to work alongside existing research staff on established research projects. In Nursing and Midwifery, we are particularly interested in supporting applicants who wish to research palliative and end of life care across the lifespan, and in various healthcare settings.

Duration: Full-time – minimum 12 months, maximum 2 years; part-time – minimum 2 years, maximum 4 years

Start date: September

Entry Requirements

If you have a first degree:

  • A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a healthcare related subject
    If you do not have a first degree:
  • Postgraduate qualification and or experience in a relevant health-related area will be considered
  • Evidence of the capability to study at masters level

All applicants must have:

  • Current registration with an appropriate healthcare regulatory body (e.g. NMC, GMC, BPS or HCPC
  • Access to a research population
  • A minimum of 18 months post qualification experience
  • Two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and academic capabilities
  • Transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated into English if appropriate)

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications. Contact us for more information.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

Fees and Funding

UK/EU students
MRes - £3950

Non-UK/EU students
MRes - £16,230

Standard annual postgraduate research fees apply

Funded places are available on the Health Research MRes as part of the National Institute of Health Research programme of Clinical Academic Training for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health professionals. NIHR funding will cover the successful applicants' salary and programme fees.

Please note that the deadline for applications to be considered for NIHR Funding- 30th May 2014 for the programme starting in September 2014.

Scholarships and studentships

For UK students NIHR funding is available under the Academic Clinical Fellowship scheme to cover the successful applicants' salary and programme fees.

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated April 9, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
1 - 2 years
3,925 GBP
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