University of Exeter

The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever we need to be developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations.
This programme has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge to enact meaningful change and gain a comprehensive grounding in health services research methods as a platform for developing a career as a health researcher.

It is suitable for those from a wide variety of backgrounds including:

• Science, mathematics and social science graduates
• Medical researchers
• Academic clinical fellows
• Nurses
• Allied healthcare
• Healthcare professionals wishing to develop their research skills

You will be taught by the leading international experts and authors in complex interventions research methods. Topics such as patient and public involvement, collaborative working, evidence-based practice, complex interventions, health economics, clinical trials and medical statistics will provide a common thread that runs throughout the programme.
Previous topics that students have chosen for independent study include:

• Exploring facilitators and barriers of patients’ trust in clinical pharmacists in Primary Care.
• Improving the physical health monitoring of patients taking Clozepine.
• Intravenous antimicrobial therapy in the home.
• Effectiveness of group psychological interventions in reducing the burden for caregivers of patients with dementia residing in the community.

Entry requirements

Intercalated programmes are only available to selected students following a medical degree at the University of Exeter Medical School or another medical, veterinary or dental degree granting institution and who are taking an intercalating year during their programme of study (see University Regulations Governing Honours Degrees, Regulation 1.2, Section 5).

Admission to the programme is by agreement between the University of Exeter Medical School or other institution, the Head of the relevant academic department and the University of Exeter.

  • All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis but normally students should be achieving at least a 2:1 and be ranked in the top 50% of their academic cohort.
  • The final decision on admissions rests with the course convenor.
  • Students may be interviewed in the course of the application process.
  • All offers made will be conditional on the student passing the academic year in which they apply.

Closing date

5pm, 1st March.