Taught course

Health Research

University of Essex · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

A degree with an overall grade of 2.1.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers an introduction to the key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. You combine perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods, and the specific application of these research methods, to the burgeoning health context of an ageing population and increased need for health care.

This programme should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health-related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

On our course, you gain:

  • Knowledge of the core areas of social science, organisational studies and health, including health policy, public health, epidemiology and medical sociology
  • An understanding of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching issues of health and healthcare
  • Advanced training in researching psychosocial aspects of health and wellbeing

Our MA Health Research is one of two programmes we offer that can either be taken simply as Masters-level programmes or alternatively can be used as the Masters element of our ESRC-accredited pathways for our Doctoral Training Centre.

As part of our ESRC-funded doctoral training pathway, your course content, aims and outcomes are closely allied to the ESRC ‘7 Global Research Challenges’ criteria. This currently means that we focus on developing areas of scholarship in terms of the issues of health, well-being and psychosocial issues, understanding individual behaviour and global economic performance, policy and management.

Please note that this course can also be studied via modular, credit accumulation.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719