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Healthcare Research Skills and Methods PgCert

Healthcare Research Skills and Methods PgCert

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Full time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Research Methods (Science) Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is suitable for a wide range of healthcare professional, and is of particular relevance to doctors and allied healthcare professionals in academic training, or established clinicians who wish to develop, enhance and implement their research skills. It will also be of benefit to healthcare educators, social care practitioners and researchers.

This course covers:

  • knowledge and techniques
  • personal effectiveness
  • engagement, influence and impact
  • research governance and organisation.

You will gain an excellent foundation for critically understanding and evaluating research, its design, conduct, dissemination and funding, as well as acquiring knowledge of appropriate statistical methods. And you will develop knowledge, practical skills and attitudes you need to become an effective healthcare researcher and conduct your own research.

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn on this course via ‘blended learning’ which includes a wide variety of methods. Face-to-face lectures and supervisions are interspersed with flipped classrooms, webinars, and online teaching (in a MOOC format).

Formal, teacher-led sessions will introduce new topics. These give you an overview of subject matter, and review difficult concepts and summaries. You are encouraged to ask questions, and will be set small problems that can be discussed interactively. Lectures are filmed, and recordings will be made available. The lectures are supplemented by tutorial sessions to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and have discussions.


This module will introduce you to the underlying principles and structure of statistical thinking, along with the latest methods for analysing data collected using quantitative study designs. It will help you develop the skills to critically appraise the statistical methods used in research papers, interpret the results, and evaluate the conclusions. It will give you confidence in interpreting and discussing methods and statistics in biomedical, healthcare, and clinical literature, and when utilising statistics and statistical methods in your own research.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry. Prior training in quantitative or qualitative research methods is not required. Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered and we encourage you to apply.