Research course

Sociology of health and medicine

Institution
Open University · Department of Sociology
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

The sociology of health and medicine critically analyses: medical and healthcare systems; the production of medical and health knowledge and practice; the social, material and cultural effects of medical and healthcare practice; historical sociology analysing the changing roles of medicine and health in society; and the role of health-related sciences and technologies within society.

The sociology group offers specialist supervision in the substantive areas of the sociology of health and medicine and science and technology studies (as applied to health). We also provide instruction and expertise in a broad range of innovative research methodologies and general sociology.

Students studying these research topics will gain and contribute knowledge in the major areas that are relevant to health policy and sociological theory.

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Simon Carter – historical sociology, STS, sociology of sunlight, digital health, sociology of health and illness
  • Dr Liz McFall – historical sociology, insurance and health, digital health and wearable technology

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Discipline Convenor
Email
FASS-Sociology-Enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 654558