Taught course

Health and Social Care Research

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Education and Society

Entry requirements

We invite applications from holders of, or those who hope to be awarded, at least a second class honours degree in a relevant subject area, or an equivalent qualification

Months of entry


Course content

Are you interested in the rapidly changing context of 'Health and Social Care' provision. Our exciting masters programme will give you the opportunity to keep up with current changes and explore options. It is designed to develop your analytical and critical thinking in key areas such as practice and management, interdisciplinary/partnership working, and research methods. It will also give you the skills and knowledge to progress your career into more challenging senior management and research roles. The social entrepreneur module provides a further option for those wishing to pursue their own business ambitions in health and social care.

The programme content is in line with current national and international government health legislation and policy as directed by the Health and Social Care Agenda. As such it will be particularly attractive to international students. Whether you are a health or social care professional, public or community health worker, or a recent graduate in a social science or health-related subject, then this is the course for you. Not only will you develop your knowledge and understanding of key issues in health and social care research, but you will be able to critically analyse the nature and impact of patterns of working, practice and management in this area. You will gain an appreciation of the interaction of health & social care partnership working, management and research at a postgraduate level.

The programme provides a comprehensive training in social research methods, theory and practical skills. You will be given the opportunity to use qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis to research topics in health and social care. You will critically appraise social research and undertake a systematic review of a health or social care topic by applying techniques for effective project management to a research project. In addition the modules will challenge you to critically contribute to debates about current policies, practice and theoretical areas through problem-solving and evaluation.

For those not wishing to complete the full masters, there is the opportunity to take modules that will enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate or diploma in Research Methods.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Society
+44 (0)191 515 2395