Health Research Methods Cert

Health Research Methods Cert
The Certificate in Health Research Methods is designed to provide a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualification. The course is available through distance learning, via eLearning.

Health Research Methods postgraduate course consists of one module in health research methods. This course is designed to enable students to develop critical evaluation skills in a practice rather than academic context.

The Health Research Methods course is recognised as contributing to UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) continuing professional development. The course learning outcomes map to Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and Key Skills Framework.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Online (no attendance)

Course Length:

One semester

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September, January

Entry Requirements:

The course is aimed at all NHS staff with a need to develop their information skills whether in a clinical or management context. Candidates are expected to hold a relevant honours degree, or be able to demonstrate professional experience and qualifications at a graduate equivalent level. The course team welcome applicants without the formal qualifications, and each application will be assessed individually through interview and evidence provided by the applicant. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate IT skills.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Candidates may use this course to submit a portfolio of evidence to achieve an NHS IMT (Professional) Certificate Award and may be eligible for a bursary from the NHSIA towards fees on this route.

Course Objectives

  • To enable students to develop and practice a range of information and research skills to enable them to initiate and carry out research leading to improvements in their own professional practice and in the quality of patient care.
  • To enable students to develop a critical understanding of current issues within NHS R&D and to develop frameworks for understanding and the development of problem-solving strategies.
  • To provide a learning experience which uses the diverse range of student experience and enables the integration of theory and practice.
  • To enable students to develop their personal and professional interest in the use of information and information technology for health research.
  • To equip students to carry out research within the NHS environment and in support of the NHS R&D agenda.

Course at a Glance

Year 1

To obtain a Certificate in Health Research Methods a student must complete one module from either:

  • Quantitative Methodology for Health Research
  • Qualitative Methodology for Health Research

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course is available via eLearn.

Assessment is through coursework. A variety of course work is undertaken including short papers, oral presentations and electronic presentations.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

This course is recognised as contributing to UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) continuing professional development. The course learning outcomes map to Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and Key Skills Framework. Recognised by National NHS HI quality schemes.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.


For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Application for postgraduate courses is made directly to the University. An application form can be submitted either on-line via, or contact:

Enquiry Management
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
United Kingdom
Tel: 01772 892400

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Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400