MSc Research Methods in Health & Social Care Practice

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    2 years

Course Description

The programme has an authentic approach to learning activities and assessments. Real-world scenarios are embedded across the programme.

This programme has a competitive edge over other taught MSc programmes that focus on research methods, as it has a strong focus on the long-term strategic process of how a problem is addressed in practice, i.e., developing and shifting focus from understanding a problem right through to designing solutions, and then implementing and evaluating them. The programme embeds core themes of impact, working in partnerships, co-production, co-design, and implementation. These themes run through all the modules on the programme.

The programme takes a practical and applied approach and will equip you with the relevant transferable academic skills, professional/practical skills and knowledge to practice in a manner that informs your ability to plan, prepare and produce high quality, impactful and authentic outputs.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a relevant background in Health, Health Sciences, Social Care or Social Sciences in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.


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Student Destinations

By studying Research Methods in Health and Social Care Practice at Edinburgh Napier University, you will gain crucial practical skills in problem solving, communication, report writing and will develop your analytical skills which will prepare you for working in a range of roles within health and social care. This may include working in research, within a hospital, government, the private sector and social care as well as the third sector. You will also learn more about how to work autonomously, which will be of benefit to students thinking about going onto doctoral level study, and builds on skills such as research communication and dissemination. There will also be opportunities to have your research published, which will aim to advance your career in the health and social care field. If you are interested in solving and improving health problems and coming up with solutions, then this might be the right course for you.

What does a health and social care researcher do?

As a health and social care researcher, you will have an advanced understanding of individual and community health issues through your research, in which you will come up with solutions to healthcare issues. You will have strong leadership, and analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to develop initial research and communicate what you have found to a range of different people and stakeholders.

Daily tasks and responsibilities within this role may include:

  • Research design and planning
  • Data collection
  • Publishing reports
  • Advising on public health policy
  • Implementing research into practice in health and social care settings

Module Details

Year 1   

  • Developing Real World Research Skills (20 credits) 
  • Introduction to Qualitative & Mixed Methods (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (20 credits) 
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (20 credits) 
  • Qualitative and Mixed Method Data Analysis (20 credits) 

Year 2  

  • Developing Interventions for Real World Impact (20 credits) 
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

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