MRes Health Research (Online)


Programme Description

The health and social care sectors are constantly changing in order to provide better treatment and access to care. Improving health and social care services would not be possible without the work of well-trained researchers.

Our Health Research Masters degree equips you to conduct high quality, rigorous research. You’ll benefit from our strong emphasis on both theoretical and practical skills and you'll be supported by a multidisciplinary team of experienced researchers.

The course is suitable for a diverse range of people, and our students include qualified nurses, pharmacists and occupational therapists – as well as others with a background in natural science, social science or the third sector. The entire course can also be studied online, giving you the freedom to work towards a Masters around your personal and professional commitments.

Top reasons to study with us

  1. Study online from the UK or overseas and make your studies work with your schedule.
  2. Some fully funded places available through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
  3. We’re ranked 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Health Sciences (REF 2014).

Course objectives

The objective of our MRes Health Research is to help you become a skilled multi-disciplinary healthcare researcher, able to understand and confidently use research techniques appropriate to your practice or subject area. We focus on equipping you with a combination of skills and experience, as well as placing an emphasis on developing confidence in both independent studies and working as part of a team.

This MRes has been designed to be suitable for both novice and experienced researchers. No matter what your level of expertise may be, we will equip you with the necessary knowledge and abilities to prepare for a career in research or to study for a PhD.

Professional accreditations

This course meets the requirements for the ESRC 1+3 awards, which means prospective students are eligible to apply for a studentship providing funding for a one-year research training Masters linked to a three-year PhD.

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to do a research placement – either virtually or on-campus – with world-class research teams working on live projects.

Course details

Study part-time or full time as you work towards a Health Research Masters degree. Advance your knowledge and skills in how to conduct high quality, rigorous health research.

This course includes six modules and a dissertation project, all of which need to be completed in order to earn the Masters award. Full-time students will be expected to take 12 months to complete this work. Part-time students can complete the course in two, three or four years.


This course is taught via a virtual learning platform where you can access module reading, podcasts of lectures and other educational resources. We also have a virtual online classroom, where we can teach in real-time through interactive seminars, online team-working and skills development sessions. This enables students to study with us from virtually anywhere in the world.

Online teaching sessions are delivered in the evenings (UK time), but are usually recorded so that those who can’t attend can listen to the session later on. Students looking for face-to-face contact can attend optional monthly “MRes meet-ups” which are held on the University campus. These informal sessions allow you to meet with peers and MRes staff. Guest researchers also attend sessions to talk about their research.


You’ll be assessed in a variety of areas, including:

  • Advanced literature searching and annotation
  • Designing research projects
  • Creating funding proposals and ethics applications
  • Data analysis exercises
  • Verbal presentations

Classroom hours

Each 20 credit module requires around 200 hours of study time, including lectures, independent study and assignment preparation.

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.

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