Join us online on 17 August to hear more from our programme lead about this course, and to have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. You may also enjoy watching a recording of a webinar that took place earlier this year where the course leads of MSc Global Public Health and MSc Health Research discussed the value of these courses against the backdrop of the pandemic.
Do you want pursue a career in sociological or health research? Thinking of embarking on a PhD and you want to develop your existing research skills? Or do you want to diversify your career in practice to include research? If so, this could be the course for you.
Throughout this course, you will advance your knowledge of how to design and execute health-related research from a social science perspective through a blend of theory and practise. You’ll explore some of the philosophical foundations of health-related social research, and how this lens influences the researcher’s approach to theory development and strategy. You’ll consolidate your research skills so you are adept at searching for and analysing current materials to formulate a well-rounded literature review.
You will also examine commonplace research designs, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, using examples from published health-related literature. Modules on statistical analysis and survey design will develop your quantitative research and analysis skills, including training with statistical analysis packages e.g. STATA. You will also have the option of gaining practical experience through a short work placement at the Institute of Social and Economic Research or another recognized survey organization where you will have the chance to engage in various activities in the running of a large-scale survey research project.
In your final module, you will complete a dissertation relevant to your field of practice. As this course is jointly delivered by the School of Health and Social Care and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), you’ll benefit from a range of experienced staff who will be able to supervise you.
Overall you will leave the course with a combination of practical research skills, the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data, along with a theoretical understanding of health research that will enable you to ask and explore important sociological and health related questions.
Due to the advanced nature of the training on research methods, applicants will be required to evidence having received training in research methods at undergraduate level and completion of a dissertation at 2.1 level or equivalent. In some cases evidence of research experience in the workplace which includes data analysis will be considered.
This course can be studied either on a full-time basis over 1 year, or via modular, credit accumulation which would take between 2 and 5 years allowing you to remain in full-time work. This flexibility means that the programme is a great option for the continuing professional development of health and social care professionals who are interested in making research part of their future career.
Our staff are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.
We are delighted to be the first department in the University to have obtained the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality. This award recognises initiatives we have in place such as our mentorship system, our additional promotion of flexible work and study options, and our work to recognise the barriers to opportunity for BAME and LGBT members of our community.
We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.
This course also lends itself to progression onto our PhD programmes.
A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.
A degree with an overall grade of 2.1, including research training and a dissertation. We are also happy to consider applicants who have a 2.1 degree whose professional experience includes research, including data analysis etc.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.
Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.
|Status||What this means|
||You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
|Core with Options
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.|
||You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.|
|Compulsory with Options
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.|
The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.
Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.
In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.
Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:
The department or school the module will be taught by.
In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.
|The module number.||
The UK academic level of the module.
A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.
A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.
A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.
The term the module will be taught in.
COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 02: CORE
COMPONENT 03: CORE
COMPONENT 04: CORE
COMPONENT 05: CORE
COMPONENT 06: CORE WITH OPTIONSOption(s) from list
COMPONENT 07: CORE WITH OPTIONSHS982-7-FY or HS982-7-SP
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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