The new MSc in Social Sciences Research for Healthcare is suitable for graduates in a broad range of disciplines, as well as healthcare professionals interested in developing a portfolio of social sciences research skills.
The programme provides a unique opportunity to build an understanding of the principles of research design and strategies in a multidisciplinary environment created by staff and students from various healthcare professions. During the programme you will discover a variety of advanced research skills and analytical techniques relevant to your field of study, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.
Your journey will include aspects of research management as well as dissemination of results consistent with both professional practice and the principles of research ethics.
You will actively engage with the seven interdisciplinary pathways that are central to the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership vision at Master’s level, introducing the ‘grand challenges’ within each thematic pathway.
The programme is aligned with:
- Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines of the Economic and Social Research Council
- Objectives of the Health and Care Professions Council
- Researcher Development Framework Vitae.
- GCSE or equivalent English and Maths at minimum of C (or 4)
- Undergraduate degree, at least 2.1 or international equivalent in relevant subject
We may consider lower qualifications if you have appropriate professional experience, in which case we will review a written work sample with your application and hold an interview.
English language requirements
Non-UK applicants need to achieve IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.
What you will study
The programme is designed around four core modules:
- Research Design, Philosophy and Working Beyond Disciplines
- Professional Skills for Researchers
- Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Research Methods
- Independent Research Project
All core modules are available in distance learning mode.
In addition, you can choose to expand your interests, selecting from the range of approved modules (subject to module availability and meeting required pre-requisites) spanning across the Faculties of Life Sciences and Health Studies, including:
- Prescribing for Pharmacists
- Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals
- Urgent Care (Minor Illness/ Injuries)
- Health and Social Care Leadership
- Understanding Health and Social Care through Policy and Strategy
- Critical Perspectives on Dementia: a rights based approach (distance learning)
- Enhanced Communication Methods (distance learning)
- Applied Pathophysiology & Pharmacology in Acute & Long Term Conditions
- Business Economics
- Business Data Analytics
- Applied Econometrics
- Economic Growth and Development
- Strategic Management
- Emerging Issues in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Marketing Planning and Strategy
- Managing People in Health and Social Care
- Leading Change and Service Improvement in Health and Social Care
- Advanced Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis (distance learning)
- Advanced Practice: Skills and Research Methods (distance learning)
- Evidence Based Diabetes
- Cross-Cultural Management
- Corporate and Social Responsibility
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Global Technology and Innovation Management
- Human Resource Development
- Sustainable Cities
This list is not exhaustive. If you have an interest in specific discipline-related modules please email programme leader Dr Krzysztof Paluch.
Distance learning pathway
Students currently have an option to complete this programme in distance learning mode by choosing dementia-related (DEM) option modules. The distance learning pathway is for dementia studies only.
Suggested pathway options for:
- Healthcare Professional
- Allied Health
- Healthcare and Policy
- Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity
are available only in blended learning mode.
|Dementia Studies (DEM) (distance learning)||Healthcare Professional||Allied Health (NUR)||Healthcare and Policy (LEM)||Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity|
|Critical Perspectives on Dementia: a Rights-based Approach||Prescribing for Pharmacists||Urgent Care||Health and Social Care Leadership||Business Economics|
|Enhanced Communication Methods||Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals||Applied Pathophysiology||Understanding Health and Social Care through Policy and Strategy||Business Data Analytics|
|Advanced Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis||Or any of the NUR, LEM or DEM modules||Pharmacology in Acute and Long-term Conditions||Managing People in Health and Social Care||Applied Econometrics|
|Advanced Practice: Skills and Research Methods (DEM)||Evidence-based Diabetes (NUR)||Leading Change and Service Improvement in Health and Social Care||Economic Growth and Development|
|Or any of the LEM or DEM modules||Strategic Management|
|Emerging Issues in Logistics and Supply Chain Management|
|Marketing Planning and Strategy|
|Corporate and Social Responsibility|
|Entrepreneurship and Innovation|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Global Technology and Innovation Management|
|Human Resource Development|
Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2021
Home: £7,370 per year
International: £17,682 per year
There may be additional costs that you may incur as a student. Though these are not essential to your programme of study you need to be aware of them as a student of the University. A list of the sort of costs you might expect can be found on our fees and finance section.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Graduation from this programme may provide a route to obtaining externally funded PhD studentships in healthcare and/or social sciences research.
The programme will suit, among others:
- social and/or health researchers requiring formal training in research
- healthcare practitioners/professionals who are interested in pursuing clinical academic research for their professional development
As a qualified researcher with knowledge across a range of social and healthcare research designs, this may form part of a career plan to develop into research-informed or research-led clinical roles.
If you are seeking a career in social or healthcare institutions (NHS, HCPC professions), evidencing advanced skills in knowledge generation and appraisal can be beneficial.
This course may prepare you for a career in academia or other public/private research institutes and organisations where data-gathering and analysis are key.