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PGCert Health Research and Statistics

PGCert Health Research and Statistics

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Statistics Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Develop the skills you need to undertake analytical research in the fields of healthcare, medicine, or social sciences.

The course gives you 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 available as distance learning options, making it a great choice for those who wish to work alongside furthering their studies.

By the time you finish, you'll be ready to carry out statistical analyses using appropriate software on real data sets. You will also have the skills to present statistical work in a report format.

Course content

The course is organised to give you a solid foundation in health research methods with either a focus in applied statistics or a more general overview of health research methodology.

It will provide you with opportunities to develop your knowledge in the field and build your applied statistical skills, knowledge of health research methodology, and scientific writing skills.

If you take the option 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.

Careers and skills

Many of our students are already in their chosen field of work when they begin this course. However, it provides practical skills in appraising 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 | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to understand, interpret, critically appraise and otherwise engage with research findings and the the research process in the field of medicine/health services.

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

2:1 or equivalent with the ability 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.