McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8N 3Z5

Health Research Methodology (Course-based)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, OtherMedical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Description HRM at the MSc level aims to develop and refine critical and scholarly skills in the methodological aspects of applied clinical and health systems research. The specific skill domains include: research synthesis, research design, data gathering, knowledge translation, data-analysis and interpretation, communication of research results, and selection and development of measurement tools. Students may opt for the thesis-based or course-based MSc degree. Individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds and disciplines are eligible for admission. The HRM MSc program is divided into two admissions streams: Health Professionals (Stream I), and Background in Health, Social, or Biological Sciences (Stream II). Stream I students are health professionals including physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, etc. Stream II students often come from backgrounds in health, social or biological sciences. The training received by these students is intended to provide the skills necessary for them to function as researchers in the health care system. Health care professionals who enrol in the program are expected to become independent clinician-investigators able to conduct high quality research and advance the methodology of applied research in health and health care.
Website: Health Research Methodology (Course-based) at McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Based? Yes
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes supplementary fees.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237]

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants are required to submit two confidential letters of recommendation from referees, a two page statement of interest where the applicant will indicate their field of specialization, and an up to date curriculum vitae. Interviews may be required for full-time Stream II students to complete our assessment of applicants and to match candidates with potential supervisors. Please visit the website for complete details.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: October 31, 2016