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Health and Social Care (MRes HSC)

Our online course helps health and social care professionals develop in-depth research skills.

Health and Social Care Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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This blended learning MRes in Health and Social Care will help you develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to the field.

Our course is suitable if you are a health and social care professional who is pursuing a research career or who requires research training.

You will learn how to conduct and apply health and social care research to practice at both an individual and organisational level, drawing on the expertise of renowned lecturers and practitioners from fields including:

  • social work
  • nursing
  • midwifery
  • speech and language therapy
  • audiology
  • psychology
  • medicine.

The course is delivered online and is complemented by two five-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools.

What is an MRes?

A taught Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research. Find out more about what an MRes course entails.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
MRes HSC, PGDip Res HSC, PGCert Res HSC
MRes: 1 year (FT); 2 years (PT)
Entry requirements
  • An honours first degree (normally 2.1 or above, *) in a relevant subject from an approved higher education institution.


  • For part-time students, written support of their employer to attend the programme and to complete any necessary requirements.
* Applicants with a 2:2 honours first degree  may be considered on the basis of documented evidence of exceptional innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and publications.  Such evidence must be clearly described in any application.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 0270
How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MRes Health and Social Care (MRes HSC) programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care contexts.

The MRes HSC is for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers in health and/or social care where research is a core component. The majority of modules within the programme are shared with other students undertaking MSc and MPhil/PhD study.

The course is delivered mainly online but is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and one mid-semester study day in both semester 1 and 2.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £9,000
    International students: £17,000
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £4,500 per annum
    International students: £8,500 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £1,800 per annum
    International students: £3,400 per annum
  • PGDip (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £7,200
    International students: £13,600
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,600 per annum
    International students: £6,800 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.