Research course

Health, Social Work and Social Care

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: 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. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (research-degrees-team@open.ac.uk). MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The faculty of Health & 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.

Staff in the faculty are listed on the editorial boards or hold editorial responsibilities across more than 25 academic journals.

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.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

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, Director of Postgraduate Studies
Email
hsc-research-enquiries@open.ac.uk