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Health Research PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Studies Research Methods (Science)

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as a stepping stone to a Postgraduate Diploma. The Certificate provides introductory research training for health professionals with an interest in researching health and healthcare, often undertaken within National Health Service Settings.

Through the course you will study a wide range of topics such as philosophy of research, quantitative and qualitative research design, critical appraisal of published papers, questionnaire design, recording and analysing data, analytic research design, systematic reviews and writing and disseminating research.

Develop and connect

You’ll be taught by academics who are active researchers and experienced in delivering high quality and practically focused learning and teaching. Your fellow students will come from a range of health disciplines creating a lively and dynamic learning environment.

You’ll have access to University facilities, including the Health Sciences library, which provides computing facilities, a broad range of books and journals and a quiet environment for private study.

More information

We have designed the course to fit around you and your personal and work commitments. You register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate, which you can join in either September or February. Successful completion of the Certificate means you can apply to register on the Postgraduate Diploma. All programmes are part time. Most modules are around four days' duration, with a gap of two or more weeks between modules. Typically, the Certificate can be gained after six months of study and the Diploma after a further year.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally applicants should hold a degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, a profession allied to medicine, health management, a biological science or a social science. Non-graduates can undertake programmes leading to postgraduate awards with the University of Leeds if they have adequate and relevant professional qualifications. We welcome enquiries and applications from non-graduates with work experience in health research. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.