Research course

Health and Wellbeing

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research (MRes) in Health and Wellbeing examines avoidable health problems associated with poor lifestyles and socio-economic inequalities.

On completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • understand the social science underpinning the development of effective interventions, strategies, and policies aimed at (i) sustainable improvements in health and well-being and (ii) reducing physical and psychological health inequalities.
  • have an interdisciplinary understanding of the links between social, biological and environmental factors and individual health behaviours, choices, and outcomes.
  • understand contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan.
  • understand the interdisciplinary skills and processes required to translate scientific research into practical health and well-being applications.

The programme aims to equip students for careers as professional researchers in either academic or non-academic environments, by developing core research skills. Students will be encouraged to review and critically evaluate approaches to research and their application, and to identify and investigate their own original research questions.

This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). It is a collaborative, interdisciplinary programme, delivered by all three universities (Bath, Bristol and Exeter), building on the research strengths of each institution through the inclusion of collaborative units (delivered jointly by the three institutions).

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with the universities of Bristol and Exeter.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this programme, successful graduates could proceed onto an MPhil/PhD in one of several areas/departments, specifically:

  • Department of Education
  • Department for Health
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Social & Policy Sciences

If applying for an MRes/PhD (the 1 + 3 programme) applicants should indicate on the Application Form, their preferred MPhil/PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil/PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Department specialisms

The Department currently has four research groups: Sport Health & Exercise Science (SHES) Group Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Research Group Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) Work, Health & Wellbeing Research Group (WHW) The Centre for Pain Research (CPR) is also based in the Department, and conducts research into the technological development for the control of pain.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of the four components). TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383449