Research Methods For Health

University of Aberdeen

Postgraduate Certificate Online
9 months
925 GBP/module
925 GBP/module
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Delivered entirely online, utilising a range of engaging and innovative teaching and assessment methods, the PgCert in Research Methods For Health programme at University of Aberdeen will provide you with the framework and methodological skills to design effective, rigorous, ethical and relevant healthcare research projects.


Improve your skills in healthcare research through PgCert in Research Methods For Health programme at University of Aberdeen 

This involves being able to:
  • Critically appraise research evidence (including systematic reviewing)
  • Develop a precise research question and articulate and justify an appropriate study design
  • Select a suitable statistical method for analysis and interpret the findings
The programme offers a fully flexible, participatory learning opportunity enabling you to:
  • Study while working
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Review material as often as you require
  • Incur limited financial costs
  • Study only the modules you are interested in

This PgCert is aimed at healthcare professionals, policy makers and early career researchers who would like to improve their health research skills but are unable to take time out for full-time study and/or want to avoid relocating.


Successful completion of the PgCert will enable you to develop a range of essential methodological research skills allowing you to carry out research leading to improvements in your own healthcare workplace. You may also be more competitive in securing external funding for projects to improve health and reduce health inequalities. You should benefit from increased opportunities as a result of an enhanced professional profile and will have the confidence and methodological skills required to design and undertake a research project

The PgCert could be the first stage in gaining an MSc in Applied Health Sciences (specialisation) with a specialisation area such as substance abuse, health economics or sexual and reproductive health.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Online Learning 
  • Evidence - Based Health 
  • Fundamentals of Research Design 
  • Applied Statistics 
  • Epidemiology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Applicants will usually need to possess a health-related honours degree (at a second class level or at least 60% or GPA – 3/5; 2.4/4; 6/10 OR equivalent) or be able to demonstrate evidence of equivalent experience in health care practice/research. They will also require reliable internet access.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    925 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 925 GBP per module and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    925 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 925 GBP per module and a duration of 9 months.

Fees are charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Our partners

Research Methods For Health
University of Aberdeen