Research course

Sociology of Health and Medicine

Open University · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


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.

Qualification and course duration


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


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 654558