Applied Health Research MSc/PgDip/PgCert


Course facts

  • Name: Applied Health Research
  • Qualification: MSc/PgDip/PgCert
  • Duration: 1 year full-time, also available part-time.

Do you want the knowledge and research expertise to be at the forefront of Health Services Research in your field? The MSc in Applied Health Research aims to provide a robust programme that enables students with an interest in developing a specific knowledge base and skill set to develop their capability to complete health sciences research. It is focused on the needs of clinicians, clinical leaders and those wishing to develop a career in applied research and will equip students with the advanced skills needed to design, implement and evaluate healthcare research. It is underpinned by the highly-ranked research expertise in the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research.

It is focused on the requirements of clinicians, clinical leaders, health managers and those wishing to develop a career in applied researcher and will equip students with the advanced skills required to design, implement and evaluate healthcare research which could enhance their current role by a greater understanding and capability in applied research. The programme provides a grounding in an overview of research methodologies and approaches prior to an introduction to core subject areas, including health economics and basic trial design prior to greater focus on more advanced trial design. In this way, the programme seeks to provide well-rounded education and training in the applied field of research in health sciences.

Through innovative e-learning teaching methods, the student will be provided with interactive and integrated materials and support to advance their individual knowledge and skills whilst participating in a collective form of learning with action learning facilitated by tools such as Blogs and Discussion Boards. Within the programme subject-specialist from the respective research units within the School, including Health Economics and the Clinical Trials Unit., will be involved in the teaching. 

The School of Healthcare Sciences is a well-known centre of excellence in postgraduate applied HSR education within the UK and has a distinctive range of expertise within the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research that will support students on the programme.  

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Core modules:

  • e-Research Methods
  • Basic Trial Design
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • e-Epidemiology

Optional modules:

  • Trials in complexity
  • e-Social & Behavioural Science
  • Applied Evaluation and review

Research Thesis

Students will be able to choose a topic that suits their professional or organisational goals.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The modules under the pathway will use a variety of assessments such as assignments, on line assessments, presentations, blogs and a research dissertation etc.

Entry Requirements

Admission by undergraduate degree:

Prospective applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (of at least 2(ii) or above) and provide a strong personal statement and reference and/or mature student status with appropriate professional qualifications.

Alternatively, possession of a suitable qualification and work experience will be considered

Mature student status-  Admission by Experience:

A candidate may be considered for acceptance provided that they have relevant work experience and have strong references and personal statement. Usually, under such circumstances, the candidate would be invited for an interview where circumstances allowed (e.g. face-to-face, Skype, telephone).

International applicants

English language requirement - IELTS 6. no element below 5.5. (or equivalent) OR specific English language country requirement AND application must include personal statement.

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system.

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Postgraduate Admissions on +44 (0)1248 388484 or by emailing  We look forward to hearing from you.

Careers and Employability

This course is intended to support the academic and career progression of professionals within the health services sector that are working in, or aspiring to, roles that utilise applied health services research. This maybe within UK or international health care organisations. Graduates will be well placed to take advantage of role developments in health care and health services research. The programme will enable the individual to develop graduate, lifelong learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and the use and of evidence based practice to enhance current professional and academic skills; this in turn will develop transferable skills which will enhance the employability of the registered professional overall.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this MSc have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the 3rd Sector which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. This course utilises the health services research expertise embedded in the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research  as well as the practical knowledge of experienced nurses and who still have active links to the local Health Board ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme.


Please visit our course fees page to see fees for overseas students.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail Dr Sion Williams or phone on 01248 388451.

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