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Life & Health Sciences Nursing & Healthcare

Certificate in Health Care Research

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
01 Mar 2018 (Thu)
9 months
Course Fee
Module 1: $6,460
Module 2: $5,020

This two-module programme is designed to provide health care professionals with basic knowledge of scientific research methodology in quantitative and qualitative approaches so that they are able to evaluate and apply research findings in clinical practice appropriately.

Evidence based practice is widely accepted in health care setting in Hong Kong.  In fact, research and evidence based practice are closely related. All health care professionals have the responsibility to be actively involved in conducting research and / or applying research findings that shape health care delivery.  Applied research is carried out to evaluate the outcome of an existing practice or a policy initiative, such as the effectiveness of a clinical,nursing intervention, and to test the theories which are derived from more general sociological, psychological or economic models.

The aims of this programme are 1) to provide health care professionals the fundamentals of scientific research methodology; 2) to develop their ability to conduct critical appraisal on selected and relevant international and local research articles; and 3) to foster interest and enthusiasm for conducting health care research and implementing the outcomes of research findings effectively.

There are 2 modules:

Module 1: Methods on Quantitative Research
Module 2: Methods on Qualitative Research

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

1.  Apply basic principles of research methodology in the study of a problem (Module 1 & 2);
2.  Critically appraise selected research articles in relation to a study topic(Module 1 & 2);
3.  Apply knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics in the analysis of data(Module 1);
4.  Formulate a research protocol for a selected study topic (Module 1); and
5.  Apply knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative research(Module 1 & 2).

Programme Structure

This is a two-semester course made up of 2 modules.


Module 1


Statement of Achievement

Module 2


Statement of Achievement

Module 1 + Module 2

 Certificate in Health Care Research


Days / Time
  • Thursday, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Module 1: 5 months
    Module 2: 4 months

Module 1– Methods on Quantitative Research


Upon successful completion of the Course, students will be able to:

1.  Apply basic principles of research methodology in the study of a problem;

2.  Critically appraise research findings of refereed articles;

3.  Identify and discuss the ethical and legal issues impinging on quantitative

4.  Apply knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics; and

5.  Use SPSS package in performing simple statistic analysis.

  1. All students must fulfill a minimum of 70% attendance rate
  2. A written assignment: research proposal (100%)

Recommended CNE points:  51


Module 2– Methods on Qualitative Research


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

1.   Discuss different qualitative approaches in health care research;

2.   Develop a research study framework using qualitative approach;

3.   Describe techniques of validation process in qualitative study;

4.   Select the appropriate type of interview for a research topic; and

5.   Carry out the script analysis.

  1. All students must fulfill a minimum of 70% attendance rate
  2. Individual presentation (30%)
  3. A written report (70%) 

Recommended CNE points:  51


Teaching Strategies

Lecture, tutorials and computing laboratory for SPSS workshop/exercises.


1. Students will be given a Statement of Achievement on completion of either Module 1 OR Module 2.

2. Upon successful completion of the Module 1 AND Module 2, students will be awarded a Certificate by HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

Registered nurses, medical social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health care professionals; or those working in health care settings with an interest in health care research.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Module 1: $6,460
    Module 2: $5,020

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

We provide online application and payment service for students to make enrolment via the Internet. Enrolment will be confirmed once students have made the payment online by using either PPS or credit card.

For first-come, first-served courses:
  1. Complete the online application form
    Click the "Apply Now" button on the top right hand corner of the course webpage to make online application. Follow the instructions to fill-in the online application form.
  2. Make Online Payment
    Pay the course fees by either using

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or MasterCard via a secure online payment gateway for all first-come, first-served courses.

For award-bearing programmes:

Selected award-bearing programmes also provide online enrolment and payment service for its students.

If your programme accepts online enrolment and payment, a re-enrolment icon will be shown on the course webpage. Click the icon and follow the instructions to perform online enrolment and payment. You will receive relevant information from the programme team nearer the time of enrolment.

You may click here directly to access the online enrolment and payment service.

Please note the followings:

  1. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrolment will be confirmed once you have made the payment online. You will receive a payment confirmation after payment has been made successfully. You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances.
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Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify theprogramme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at anyHKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-freeinstalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.