The aim of the course is to provide an entrée to research development, mainly for those currently in the workforce who wish to become researchers, through a combination of coursework and research training. The objectives are to provide a combination of coursework and research work to develop research skills in Public Health and Primary Care. The flexibility provided by offering the coursework components on-line, allows those currently in the workforce to use this as a way of entering research training.
Entry requirements: As a minimum entry requirement for graduate study you should have an undergraduate degree (with a minimum 2.2 classification). In all cases the degree held must be from a recognised institution. Relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification, but enrolment will only be on the Diploma in the first instance.
Primary Care (MRes)
The course is an adaptation of, and builds on, two previous courses: the Masters in Population Health Evidence (MPHe) and the MRes (Health and Community). It is a web-based course, and is partnered by a separate course, the Masters of Public Health (MPH) which has a much smaller research component. There are two streams to the MRes, one called Public Health and the other Primary Care. Distinction between the two is on the basis of the Course Units taken and the research topics chosen.
The MRes will comprise 180 credits. There will be 6 course units and an extended Dissertation. Each course unit comprises 15 credits, and one of these is 'Designing a Research Project', which is aimed at developing the research project(s) which will later be completed during the Dissertation. We estimate that 115 of the 180 credits are directly related to the research projects through the Dissertation, 'Designing a Research Study' and components of the 'Epidemiology' and Qualitative Methods for Health Research Course Units (which include an assessment linked directly to the research being planned), and the 'Evidence Based Practice' Course Unit (which involves literature searching strategies related to the planned research).