Taught course

Philosophy of Health and Happiness (on-campus or by distance learning)

University of Birmingham · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class Honours degree in Philosophy (or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy is a component). Candidates with degrees in other relevant subjects (eg, Medicine, Theology, Psychology) are also encouraged to apply. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Learn more about international entry requirements.

Standard English language requirements apply

Months of entry


Course content

This programme focuses on the growing field of happiness and its overlap with health and wellbeing asking questions such as: What is happiness? What is health? How does illness affect our understating of what matters? Do our views about death and mortality affect how happy we are and how meaningful our lives are?

You will explore issues at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, psychology and medicine, which have important implications for policy and health care. This programme is aimed at graduates who have a background in philosophy, psychology, theology, health sciences, medicine or social sciences. It also carries CPD credits for members of the Royal College of Physicians.

You will study six modules in total, three of which are core Philosophy modules:
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
Your remaining three modules are optional. Modules available within Philosophy include:
  • Global Bioethics
  • Global Ethics
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science

On-campus students can also choose optional modules from within School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, the School of Psychology, or the Birmingham Law School

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Available via distance learning

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005