Taught course

Health Sciences

University of Roehampton · Department of Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

This is a postgraduate science degree, which means that we assume some level of academic and intellectual competence. We take a small number of students each year, around half of who are recent graduates – usually with a good second-class honours degree (or above) in psychology, biology, or a related degree. The others tend to be mature students, often from health related professions. There is a good mix of backgrounds and this is a field where experience can be very valuable. We do not want to exclude people from non-standard backgrounds. We are willing to discuss levels of equivalence and our expectations, but do understate the amount, or quality, of work that we expect. What we really want are people who will benefit from this level of study and who have the enthusiasm and initiative to want to do something with it.

Months of entry


Course content

This rewarding programme is designed to provide a biological perspective on the nature and study of human behaviour and health with an emphasis on the clinical relevance of contemporary developments in the biological sciences.

Our programme is designed to improve career prospects for health professionals and offers a social context is for the anthropological and psychological issues of health and healthcare. This course covers a broad spectrum of biological approaches from the molecular to ethological studies and presents a diverse range of methods for the study of human behaviour and health.

The biological basis of behaviour is an increasingly important aspect of understanding health and illness. You will develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease. This rewarding programme provides an ideal platform for the basis for further post-graduate research, a career in consultancy-based research, or your development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to analyse the contributions of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of health and wellbeing, disease and its treatment, and care.

The programme will introduce you to a wide range of health issues from stress to sleep; it considers the aetiology and symptomology of the body’s complex processes with a thought-provoking and challenging syllabus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 8392 3232