The programme incorporates a wide range of specialised teaching, the course enables you to develop your understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of research practice.
Reasons to study Master’s in Research Applied Health Studies at DMU:
- Taught by a diverse and experienced academic team who are recognised experts
- Explore both traditional and long-standing research methods, plus innovative approaches to social research
- Develop a range of technical and specialist skills as well as a philosophical understanding of key scholarly debates
- Apply methodological constructs directly to your work-based interests
- A grounding in research methods can support your application for PhD study
Structure and assessment
This course offers rigorous multi-disciplinary training in traditional and innovative research methods and enables you to develop an advanced critical appreciation of key methodological debates.
- Research Designs in Health – develops a critical understanding of socio-political aspects of research, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs and to plan a research project
- Research Dilemmas and Strategies – is designed to develop advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of research strategies and philosophical assumptions underlying research decisions
- Making Sense of Quantitative and Qualitative Data – develops advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of both quantitative and qualitative methods
- Advanced Statistics and Data Analysis – is designed to give a thorough appreciation of handling complex data sets, analysing quantitative data and presenting numerical data graphically in an accessible fashion
- Research Dissertation – involves a requirement to present two bound copies of a formally presented dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
Plus a specialist pathway module:
- Health Policy and Strategy – examines the broad UK health policy context within which professionals, patients and the public engage. Explore the relationship of health to wider social policies.
- Research in Social Work
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
As part of the university’s commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.
This course offers a route into doctoral research or a wider research career on a global level.
Professionals with some years’ experience seeking to enhance the research dimension of the workplace will find the opportunity to develop a level of research expertise which can be taken back into the arena of professional practice for work-based application.