Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 1. The Medical Sciences Board, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

  • 2. Candidates will normally be expected to have satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research. Applications for dispensation from this requirement will be considered, in exceptional circumstances only, by the Standing Committee. To be dispensed from this requirement, candidates must demonstrate that they have undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

  • 3. Candidates must follow for at least three and at most six terms, a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Health Research. For candidates who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research, the number of terms in excess of three taken to complete the study of the Postgraduate Certificate will count towards the maximum number of terms permitted to complete the study of the Postgraduate Diploma. The period of study for the Postgraduate Diploma shall normally be no more than two years, so long as, for candidates who completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research, the total period of study on the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Research shall be no longer than three years from the commencement of the Postgraduate Certificate.

  • 4. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) attendance at three of the modules listed in the Schedule (below);

    • (b) three written assignments, usually of no more than 5,000 words, one on each of the modules from 4(a) above.

  • The assignments set out in clause 4(b) shall be forwarded, usually electronically via a specified online submission system, to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

  • 5. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 6. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma.

  • 7. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the three assignments under 4(b) may be permitted, normally within one year of the original failure, to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failed on not more than one occasion for each assignment without being required to repeat attendance at the relevant module or modules under 4(a).

  • 8. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted, in exceptional circumstances, from attendance at any module under 4(a) and from submitting the associated assignment required under 4(b) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.


  • M4: Evidence in Practice (Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Making)

  • M5: Systematic Reviews

  • M6: Randomized Control Trials

  • M7: Qualitative Research Methods

  • M8: Introduction to Statistics in Health Care Research

  • M9: The power of bioinformatics in modern research

  • M10: Evidence-Based Diagnosis

  • M11: Knowledge into Action

  • Any other module as defined by the Programme Director and approved by the Standing Committee.]

[For students starting from MT 2018: (This programme has been discontinued.)]