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Master's courses

Our extensive taught master's courses in the medical and human sciences (MHS) are strengthened by our highly-rated research and significant links with the NHS.

Take up a place on one of the master's courses at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences and you'll come away with more than just a degree certificate.

You'll acquire the specialist knowledge and practical skills that employers desire, taking you another step towards your chosen career.

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What is an MSc/MA/MPH?

A master's (MSc/MA/MPH/MDPH) degree title can vary, but the nature of the training you'll receive is broadly similar, following a taught course unit structure that results in a written dissertation.

A master's degree is primarily aimed at graduates seeking to further their knowledge in a specific area, having studied it at undergraduate level.

You can also take up certificate or diploma options that enable you to follow selective modules without having to produce a dissertation.

These routes are ideal if you want to gain intensive experience in a particular area for continuing professional development.

Individual programmes may vary, but the typical structure consists of eight 15-credit course units plus a 60-credit dissertation (total: 180 credits) taken over 12 months full-time, or two to five years part-time.

What is an MRes?

A Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research.

It's ideal if you want to eventually progress on to a PhD and develop a research career, or if you wish to gain research skills within specialist areas before committing to a PhD.

The structure of the MRes course is weighted towards research, with research placements forming between 50 and 75% of your training and assessment.

You will receive an initial introduction to research methods on most of our MRes courses, followed by seminars and masterclasses focusing on key areas of the subject - offering a theoretical framework for subsequent practical research.

You'll get to review the latest literature on the subject and become familiar with emerging research developments.

You will then be offered projects spanning various areas and offering complementary experience. You might take up two project rotations or one extensive project.

In both instances, you'll gain experience of undertaking independent research within that subject area. You'll use your research project for your assessed dissertation.