Postgraduate taught 

Primary Health Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Research project

Research project

The research project, worth 60 masters-level credits, is a substantial piece of independent work, culminating in a 6000-8000 word report. You are also assessed on the development of your research project by means of a research protocol. Completing the project will introduce you to the process of designing, conducting, analysing, and reporting a research study. Successful completion of the project is essential to the awarding of the degree.

Students have undertaken a wide range of projects. Recent titles include:

  • A service evaluation of the impact of a bilingual pharmacist led medication review service for South Asian diabetic individuals in a general practice (an evaluation)
  • Professional and carer perspectives of the challenges of supporting adults with learning disabilities manage diabetes, and the potential value of an educational tool (a qualitative study)
  • The relationships between potentially serious drug-drug interactions, polypharmacy and multimorbidity (a quantitative study)
  • Consultation length in the context of interpersonal effectiveness (a quantitative study)
  • An exploratory study of the views and experiences of primary healthcare professionals working in weight management services in Lanarkshire (a qualitative study)
  • A systematic review of physical activity levels of children in urban and rural areas
  • A systematic review of the impact of a repeat prescription system in Japan.

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Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer


  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam