Research Methods for Social Science and Health

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The PGCert in Research Methods for Social Science & Health is a unique study pathway that provides professionals, practitioners and researchers with advanced understanding and skills for the practical application of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It provides an excellent foundation for understanding, conducting and using social science research in policy, medicine and healthcare. In addition, it enables students to develop a critical understanding of research methods, supplying them with the skills to commission or undertake their own original research.

Key benefits:

  • Taught by an internationally recognised Faculty, providing students with first hand exposure to advanced research methods across a wide range of disciplines in health and the social sciences, covering epidemiology, sociology, demography, anthropology and gerontology.
  • Interdisciplinary approach covering compulsory and optional modules on applied quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Integrates social science with King's leadingn health schools and their internationally recognised excellence in biomedical and health research and training.
  • Situated in the heart of London, providing unrivalled opportunities to engage with the worlds of policymaking, non-governmental agencies and biomedical research.
  • Provides an open and supportive learning environment, fostering independent and critical learning and research.

Who should take this course

This course is ideal for health professionals, graduates in relevant disciplines, policy makers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, and anyone wishing to develop advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of research methods in the social and health sciences. Teaching focuses on cutting-edge research methods in the social sciences applied to health, medicine and public policy.

Candidates should have a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent).

We may consider candidates with a lower second class degree or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution if they can:

  • Show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications
  • Demonstrate that they are highly motivated
  • Provide referees from their university or employment strongly supporting their admission onto a master's level programme.

In these circumstances we will usually admit a student to our certificate or diploma programmes, possibly with a view to the student transferring to the master's programme if they successfully pass their first two examined subjects. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account.


PG Cert

Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)

Optional Modules:

You are required to take 15 credits from the following optional modules:

  • Data Manipulation & Management (Advanced) (15 credits)
  • Researching Vulnerable Populations (15 credits)

Part-time students are expected to take Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health and Quantitative Data Analysis in Year 1 with the remainder of modules in Year 2.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.