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Health Research and Statistics PGCert

Health Research and Statistics PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Studies Medical Statistics

Course type


Course Summary

This course is focused on helping you gain the skills you need to undertake analytical research in the fields of healthcare, medicine, or social sciences. The course is very broadly applicable and you will be given the chance to get hands-on with real datasets, as well as getting to grips with the theory behind the practice. This course is very flexible, with some of the modules being available as distance learning options - so you don't necessarily need to come to campus the whole time you are studying with us, making it a great choice for those who wish to work alongside furthering their studies. Based in the Department of Health Sciences, which boasts an international reputation for health services research, you will undertake analyses for a variety of health related data using suitably chosen software packages. Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to carry statistical analyses using appropriate software on real data sets. You will also have the skills to present statistical work in a report format. If you take the optional modules focused on statistics, you'll learn how to use the statistical packages, SPSS and STATA, and carry out complex analyses on ordinary as well as hierarchical and clustered data. We use a variety of different assessment methods throughout this course. These include both closed and open-book exams, report and protocol writing. You'll find yourself undertaking the tasks that a real quantitative health researcher would, and the assessments aim to replicate those skills. Many of our students are already in their chosen field of work when they begin this course, however, it will give you practical skills in appraising the literature and evolving evidence-based practices enabling you to progress your career in health, social and medical fields.

Different course options

Full time | Alcuin College | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to provide sunderstanding and skills in using linear and logistic regression and non-parametric statistics. To be able to define commonly used terms in regression analysis and non-parametric statistics. To evaluate the use of statistical analysis in published research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.