Research course

Health, Social Work and Social Care

Institution
Open University · Department of Health and Social Care
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care has a strong track record in applied health and social care research. We are funded by the Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 69 per cent of our research submitted in the Social work and social policy category was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 73 per cent of our research was assessed as 4* or 3* for impact and 75 per cent for research environment.

Our research is organised into five distinct research themes: Ageing and later life; Children, young people, parenting and families; Death, dying and bereavement; Living with disability and long-term conditions; and Reproduction, sexualities and health. All our staff work within, or across, these themes. Across the research themes there is a particular interest in:

  • The role of innovative methodologies for health and social care research;
  • The study of normative/non-normative life-course trajectories, and the impact of these on experiences of health, care and wellbeing.

The faculty is committed to making a difference to health and social care practice and works in partnership with the stakeholders of research in all of our activities. We have a lively postgraduate community on campus and a busy international research events calendar.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Lindsay O'Dell
Email
hwsc-research-degrees@open.ac.uk