MSc Primary Care Research and Leadership

Duration
Full-time (1 year), Part-time (2 years)
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
Annual tuition fee for 2023/24:
UK: £10,170 full-time
International: £26,640 full-time
More details on fees and funding

The programme equips professionals working in primary care with skills in research, leadership and team building.

234-tuition-fees

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2023-24.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on 30 April 2023.

Apply now  

Primary health care organisations in many countries are changing and primary care teams increasingly include a broader range of clinicians. Many are merging or joining together into larger primary care organisations. Clinicians and managers are taking on leadership roles, building multidisciplinary teams and reorganising service delivery. This should be informed by an understanding of research evidence and evaluation of the changes they implement. 

The programme is aimed at primary care professionals (clinicians and non-clinicians) who are assuming leadership roles in primary care. This includes clinicians taking on wider responsibilities for a clinical team; or managers with an administrative team or those responsible for the entire organisation. These new roles require a more strategic outlook, informed by an understanding of research, as well as leadership and teambuilding skills. The programme equips these new leaders with the skills needed for these roles.

Key skills you will develop:

  • Epidemiological study design
  • Principles of statistics
  • Leadership
  • Managing change
  • Effective teambuilding
  • Principles of the delivery of primary care
  • Further quantitative and qualitative research skills through a range of optional modules 

Why study this course?

  • This programme is the only MSc course in the UK covering leadership and research in primary health care.
  • It develops research skills for emerging leaders in primary care.
  • Teaching in leadership and change is alongside the NHS Leadership Academy’s programme and teaching in teambuilding has been adapted for a primary care setting from this NHS programme.
  • The programme is delivered in the research-intensive setting of the Institute of Applied Health Research.
  • It is taught alongside a wide range of postgraduate MSc programmes, from which optional modules can be studied.

Modules

Core modules 

  • Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the basic concepts in statistics and the main epidemiological methods used to identify and quantify disease and associated risks. Statistical subjects will include: types of data and data presentation, descriptive statistics, basic probability, distribution theory including the normal distribution and its properties, sampling theory, principles and techniques, inferential statistics, analysis of categorical and continuous data, non-parametric tests, correlation and regression, and survival analysis. You will be introduced to descriptive epidemiology, measures and comparisons of disease frequency, ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, prevalence studies, case-control studies, principles of screening, study design and questionnaires and qualitative research methods.

  • Principles of Primary Health Care Delivery (20 credits)

This module teaches you to define the ethos and values of primary care. You will then be taught how the delivery of primary care consistent with these values can be supported through the primary care organisational structures and characteristics. You will also learn how individual clinician behaviours can support the delivery of these values.

  • Leadership and Change  (20 credits)

Blending theory and practice, you will learn awareness of leadership and what it entails among clinical and management leaders. You will strengthen your existing leadership practice through cutting edge theory and evidence. 

  • Building Foundations for Primary Care Team Effectiveness (20 credits)

This module focuses on teams. You will have a critical introduction to the literature and research evidence relating to effective team working and other relevant models relating to team effectiveness. Through the application of relevant theories, models and reflection on practice, you will develop a clear understanding of the team you lead; its purpose, membership and team community.

This will help you to develop the foundations for effective team working, such as creating a safe team climate, discussing concerns, making suggestions and providing constructive debate. Topics will include team member engagement and team dynamics, understanding the effects of diversity on team effectiveness, team conflict resolution and developing team positivity, as well as exploring inter-team working and situational constraints.

Project

Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (up to 40 credits)

  • Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

Clinical Trials (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health (10 credits)
  • Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits)
  • Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits)
  • Health Promotion (MPH) (10 credits)

Fees

2023/24:

UK: £10,170 full-time
International: £26,640 full-time

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.


Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.

 

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

How To Apply

Applications for this programme will open soon. Please continue to check our website for the latest information.

Our Standard Requirements

Degree in a clinical subject, life science, management or other relevant discipline at 2:2 or higher or equivalent professional qualification (e.g. nursing diploma, management diploma). Experience of or intention to work in a primary care setting.

International Requirements



International Students

English language requirement
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: 

English to IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band). 

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

As a student at the University of Birmingham, you will learn from world-leading academics and researchers, as well as from your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Teaching will take place face-to-face and as small group teaching, mainly in blocks of a few days or one week each. You will have around 30 contact hours per 10 credits. 

Course delivery

We have two teaching semesters per year. As a full-time student, you will typically take two or three modules in the first  semester and between one and two modules in the second semester (one module takes place across both), followed by a dissertation. Depending on the modules you take, you can typically expect 30 hours of classroom time per week.

If you are a part-time student, you will typically take three modules each year, followed by a dissertation for MSc students.

A 20-credit module represents a total of 200 hours of study time, including preparatory reading, homework and assignment preparation.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is mainly by assignment, with an examination for Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods.

 

Graduates are likely to take on leadership roles in organisations responsible for delivery of primary care, such as primary care clinics, general practices, networks or federations of general practices. This includes leadership of groups of clinicians or multidisciplinary teams.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website

Culture and collections

Schools, institutes and departments

Services and facilities