Health and Social Science Research Methods/Clinical Research Methods - MRes/MSc 

Course Overview

This course covers research methods, statistics and broader research skills. The programmes have been designed to meet the research needs of people regardless of their starting point. There is a choice of two research methods and design modules, one for those with little or no background experience of research and one for people who already have some experience of research, perhaps at undergraduate level.

Course Content

There is then a choice of modules to select from so that you are able to focus on areas that are of particular interest to you. It is also possible to choose the extent to which you opt to take taught modules and the extent to which you want to focus on a research dissertation by adjusting the balance of credits attributable to each of these components of the programme.

All students will complete the following taught modules and they will also complete a dissertation which will consist of an independent piece of research.

• Research Methods and Design:
Develops the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake masters level research

• Research Skills:
Provides experience and understanding of the broader issues associated with the research process such as planning a research project, presenting results, publishing papers and applying for funding. A series of workshops have been designed to meet the criteria specified by the UK Grad Programme Joint Statement of Requirements for Research Students, to ensure graduates have a thorough grounding in all aspects of the research process.

Other modules are then chosen from a list of those available to supplement these modules and the dissertation. The number of optional modules taken depends on the size of the dissertation selected. Students choosing the MRes programme will be able to select 20 credits worth of optional modules, those choosing the MSc Health and Social Science Research can select 70 credits worth of optional modules.

Employability & Careers

A postgraduate qualification in health or social science research provides an excellent foundation for a career in research, as a health professional who carries out and publishes research in their field, or for anyone planning to go on to complete a PhD.

Evidence based practice means that a knowledge and understanding of research is essential in all health related domains so that health care providers are able to interpret previous research findings, as well as contributing to the process of designing and carrying out research projects.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in a health or social science subject is normally required. However, applicants with relevant professional experience or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered individually.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
One year full-time or two years part-time

Assessment: Each module has its own form of assessment. The majority of modules are assessed via coursework, of which there is a wide range.

Selection Procedure:
Once your application has been received you will be invited for a short meeting with the programme director to discuss the course in more detail and consider which is the most appropriate programme to suit your background and future needs.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Caroline Limbert: Email:
Tel: 029 2041 6009

See Also:

Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website