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MSc in Translational Heath Sciences

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Speciality: Social science, Translational health care, Digital Health, Global health, Behavioural science

Level: Postgraduate

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About the course

The social science of innovation

This practice-based course takes an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the challenges of implementing innovations and research discoveries in a healthcare setting.

Turning innovations into practical solutions for healthcare needs is an imperative and one can only become more urgent as demands on health systems increase. Our key focus will be the ‘downstream’ phases of translational health sciences – the human, organisational and societal issues that impact on the adoption, dissemination and mainstreaming of research discoveries.

This MSc is ideal for researchers who want to study scientific and technological innovation in a healthcare setting and research managers looking to run clinical trials or promote the uptake of research findings. It will also assist entrepreneurs (from an industry or clinical background) who seek to improve patient care through innovation and policymakers (local and national) wishing to support research and its translation to improve services. For students interested in undertaking doctoral research, the MSc will prepare them to apply for a DPhil in Translational Health Sciences.

We anticipate a vibrant, international cohort from multiple sectors, allowing the sharing of ideas and experience for the benefit of all our students, and our teaching model aims to make full use of our students’ real-world experience and diversity.


To be eligible for this course you must be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course. You must also have some relevant past experience in a work environment.

Applications for 2022 entry will open 1 September 2021.

Visit course page or < Apply now > https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-translational-health-sciences

Programme details

To complete the course, you must take one compulsory module, five modules that you choose from approximately nine options, and complete a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. Assessment for each module is based on performance in a group presentation and a 4,000-word essay.

A module is run over a nine week cycle, with the first two weeks spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, a week spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week, followed by four weeks of Post-Oxford virtual activities and a week of personal study, followed by submission.

Compulsory Module

  • Introduction and Research Methods for Translational Science

Option Modules (five must be chosen)

  • Behavioural Science and Complex Interventions
  • Economics and Regulation in Translational Science
  • Ethics and Justice in Translational Science
  • Health Organisations and Policy
  • Patients, Citizens & the Politics of Evidence
  • Healthcare Evaluation and Research Impact
  • Technological Innovation and Digital Health
  • Translational Science and Global Health

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