Health Research Masters

Master of Research  – MRes / PGCert


Key Facts

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Health Sciences

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

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Course Overview

Pathways available:

Master of Research (Biomedical Science) – MRes / PGCert

Master of Research (Psychology) – MRes / PGCert

​​Master of Research (Health) - MRes/PGCert*

​The Master of Research (MRes) programme provides high quality and professionally relevant training in research methods and analysis for health, psychology and biomedical science graduates.

Through the taught modules students will develop their research skills, including critically appraising literature, developing research proposals, laboratory techniques, project management, presenting findings (through oral, written and digital media) and applying for funding. Students will be introduced to a wide range of methodologies and practical techniques relevant to their discipline. Training will be provided in research governance and ethical procedures to ensure students are prepared for work as professional researchers.

Students will conduct two substantial research studies in a topic of their choice, supervised by experienced members of academic staff. These studies will be written up in the form of journal articles and will form a substantial component of the credits for the MRes award.

This award prepares you for a future in research and progression on to PhD studies. 

*This programme is subject to validation for September 2017 entry and the information provided may be subject to change.  All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality

Course Content

Students will complete the following modules over the course of one full year (full-time) or two years (part-time)

Research Methods and Design (30 credits) 

Biomedical Science Pathway 

This will include the review and analysis of contemporary research within the field of Biomedical Science. Consideration will be given to ethical issues, codes of practice and research governance that underpins research. Students will learn about how research findings are prepared for publication quality manuscripts as well as the peer review process. Additionally students will gain an understanding of research funding that will equip them to prepare research proposals.

Psychology Pathway 

The qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake Masters level research will be taught. Content will include the philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies, research ethics and conducting systematic literature reviews. A wide range of research methodologies will be covered, such as randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, experimental design, interview and focus group designs. Students will learn about complex statistical analysis as well as a range of advanced qualitative analyses, such as discourse analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Practical Techniques in Research (20 credits) 

Biomedical Science Pathway 

This module will enable students to critically analyse contemporary research systems used in Biomedical Sciences research, including the validation of methodologies. Students will examine the principles, development and application of existing and emerging research methodologies and will have the opportunity to undertake practical work to familiarise themselves with a number of essential research techniques. 

Psychology Pathway 

This module will provide a detailed understanding and practical experience of a diverse group of specialist research methods used in psychology. Students will be introduced to a range of techniques for conducting psychological research. Through a literature review students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of a chosen technique(s). Students will complete a practical report to demonstrate their ability to develop and run a psychological study using advanced specialist techniques (of their choice). 

Experimental Techniques will include: Eprime/ opensesamie, Electroencephalograph (EEG) Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) and EyeTracking. Survey and qualitative techniques will include: utilizing psychometric measures, Qualtrics software for quantitative and qualitative analysis. Nvivo for qualitative analysis observation techniques and visual methods. 

Research Skills (20 credits) 

This module will provide experience and understanding of the broader issues associated with the research process such as planning a research project, research governance and sustainability, presenting findings at conference and through the media, 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.

Dissertation (110 credits) 

Finally, students will complete a dissertation proposal (10 credits) and associated ethics application. This will culminate in completion of two independent research studies that are written up for the 100 credit dissertation module. The dissertation will involve all the elements of the research process from the design of the study, data collection, analysis of findings and write up in the format of a journal article. Students will be supervised by two members of staff to complete their dissertation. Students will be matched with appropriate staff members who have expertise in the chosen topic and/or methodology.

Learning & Teaching

The MRes programme comprises 180 credits of which 110 are gained from completing a dissertation proposal and dissertation on the students chosen topic. Therefore the programme is largely independent research, with the support of academic supervisors. The 70 credits of specialised research taught modules ensure you will be equipped with the knowledge, practical and professional skills to engage in your chosen research area and also to provide you with a broader knowledge base of research methodologies. The taught based modules will involve a variety of different learning and teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, small group work, workshops, online learning, tutorials and self-directed learning. 

Each student will be allocated two members of staff to supervise their dissertation and a separate personal tutor. Your personal tutor will support you with pastoral care and advice for career planning, e.g. supporting you to complete a personal development plan.


Each module has its own form of assessment. The majority of modules are assessed via coursework, including research reviews, reports, essays and presentations. The dissertation will be written up in the format of two journal articles

Employability & Careers

MRes graduates will be well placed for PhD level study or a career that involves carrying out, critically appraising or applying research findings. 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. Graduates will also be well equipped in roles which involve scientific writing, analysis of research, designing or administering research projects and development of research portfolios.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

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. 

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 route 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

Additional Information

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

Please note there are costs in addition to the course fee for this programme. Further information can be accessed via the fees webpage.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Amanda Squire 02920 205676 or email ​​​

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