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.
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.
Learning and teaching
Effective and enjoyable learning about research skills involves activity: on this course you will find that there is extensive use of problem-based classes, workbook exercises, hands-on computer sessions and group participation.
You’ll have access to electronic copies of all the teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment and to the Library’s extensive collection of online journals.
Assessments reflect teaching style and depend heavily on the assignments. They could typically involve completion of problem schedules and workbooks and critical appraisal of published research.
Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.
Many of our successful participants work in the UK National Health Service or in universities associated with the NHS and its research projects. Graduates of this course have gone on to research degrees, research fellowships, and research posts within the NHS and the university sector.
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.