Taught course

Health Research

University of Essex · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

A degree with an overall grade of 2.1, including research training and a dissertation. We are also happy to consider applicants who have a 2.1 degree whose professional experience includes research, including data analysis etc.

Months of entry


Course content

You may enjoy watching a recording of a recent webinar where the course leads of MSc Global Public Health and MSc Health Research discussed the value of these courses against the backdrop of the pandemic.

Do you want pursue a career in sociological or health research? Thinking of embarking on a PhD and you want to develop your existing research skills? Or do you want to diversify your career in practice to include research? If so, this could be the course for you.

Throughout this course, you will advance your knowledge of how to design and execute health-related research from a social science perspective through a blend of theory and practise. You’ll explore some of the philosophical foundations of health-related social research, and how this lens influences the researcher’s approach to theory development and strategy. You’ll consolidate your research skills so you are adept at searching for and analysing current materials to formulate a well-rounded literature review.

You will also examine commonplace research designs, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, using examples from published health-related literature. Modules on statistical analysis and survey design will develop your quantitative research and analysis skills, including training with statistical analysis packages e.g. STATA. You will also have the option of gaining practical experience through a short work placement at the Institute of Social and Economic Research or another recognized survey organization where you will have the chance to engage in various activities in the running of a large-scale survey research project.

In your final module, you will complete a dissertation relevant to your field of practice. As this course is jointly delivered by the School of Health and Social Care and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), you’ll benefit from a range of experienced staff who will be able to supervise you.

Overall you will leave the course with a combination of practical research skills, the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data, along with a theoretical understanding of health research that will enable you to ask and explore important sociological and health related questions.

Due to the advanced nature of the training on research methods, applicants will be required to evidence having received training in research methods at undergraduate level and completion of a dissertation at 2.1 level or equivalent. In some cases evidence of research experience in the workplace which includes data analysis will be considered.

This course can be studied either on a full-time basis over 1 year, or via modular, credit accumulation which would take between 2 and 5 years allowing you to remain in full-time work. This flexibility means that the programme is a great option for the continuing professional development of health and social care professionals who are interested in making research part of their future career.

Information for international students

Entry requirements
You can find international entry requirements for most countries on our webpage www.essex.ac.uk/international. If your country is not listed, please contact Postgraduate Admissions at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

Pre-sessional English Language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before joining your main degree course, we offer pre-sessional English courses on our campuses in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. To learn more, please visit www.essex.ac.uk/international/pre-sessional

You can explore scholarship opportunities for your country at www.essex.ac.uk/international or view our university-wide scholarships at www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships.

Fees and funding

There are a wide range of funding options for postgraduate study, including scholarships, bursaries and alumni discounts. You can check your eligibility at https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters/fees-and-funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions