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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health


The School of Medicine Pharmacy and Health is undertaking a review of our Health Research Methods provision as a result of recent staff changes. With regret, we have come to the conclusion that we are suspending the teaching for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods for the foreseeable future. We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause.

This programme is a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods. It is aimed at those who want a thorough grounding in research design and appropriate methods for answering research questions.

You will gain knowledge and skills in identifying research questions, evaluating and critiquing published research in your field of interest, and designing research projects. Common data collection and analysis methods are a key focus of the course. It provides essential training and development to help you develop your research capabilities and capacities, gain funding for your own research, or support others in understanding and undertaking research

Students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods are largely drawn from clinical professions or administrative positions within the NHS but you are also very welcome if you simply want to gain a better understanding of research in health and health services.

The course structure is offered on part-time or modular bases. All modules are delivered at the Queen's Campus, Stockton. Teaching sessions are delivered through short intensive classroom blocks with supported self-learning. This form of teaching structure is designed to suit all needs, whether you are studying full-time or balancing your study with professional commitments. As a student you will receive education and guidance from our internationally highly regarded staff. In addition, regular guest lectures and seminars from experts engaged in developing and delivering health-related policies within the UK.

Core programme regulations, module content and description can be found at the following link:

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the Postgraduate Module Handbook is correct at the time of publication in August 2015. The University will use reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes and other services in accordance with the descriptions provided.
The University, however, reserves the right to make variations to programme contents, entry requirements and methods of delivery, to discontinue or merge or combine programmes, and to make variations to regulations, both before and after a student's admission to the University, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University.

The Programme Leader t.b.c.

The core programme staff are: Dr Helen Hancock, and Dr Helen Close

There are no examinations in the School’s masters courses; assessment is undertaken through a variety of assignment formats.