Taught course


University of Sussex · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a social science is normally required, though other backgrounds may be considered. Applications are also welcome from those who have significant experience in well-being related programmes.

Months of entry


Course content

Ageing, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, children, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing – you have the opportunity to explore diverse topics on this course.

This MRes provides a strong grounding in theory and methodology, drawing on disciplines such as social work, psychology, economics, anthropology, medicine and sociology.

You’ll learn from leading scholars working in a range of innovative and interdisciplinary projects. This means you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to projects that are shaping policy and practice.

Key facts

  • Social Work at Sussex is placed 11th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • Research links: the innovative and interdisciplinary course complements the work of our recently established Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing.
  • Career prospects: this course gives you the skills to work in a range of health and social care organisations where the ‘wellbeing agenda’ is key.

How will I study?

You learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. You also have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork as part of your dissertation.

Assessment methods include essays, a concept note and a research portfolio. You also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Higher level (IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

Please note that this course awards a professional qualification specifically for teaching in the UK.

Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and Immigration

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Postgraduate Masters Loans

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Education and Social Work
+44 (0)1273 872595