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Health and Organisational Research - MSc


Course Description

Our MA Health and Organisational 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 means that our course is focussed on developing areas of scholarship in issues of Health, Well-being and Psychosocial Issues, Understanding Individual Behaviour and Global Economic Performance, Policy and Management.

Our course should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health services and health research. It is taught across our School and Essex Business School, drawing upon both substantive and methodological expertise from within these schools.

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 debates surrounding research in the organisation and provision of healthcare
-Advanced training in researching psychosocial aspects of health and wellbeing

This is a unique opportunity for you to study within an interdisciplinary environment.

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

Our expert staff

Our staff are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.

Specialist facilities

As a student on this course you will not only have access to Health and Human Sciences but also have access to our business school. Our landmark new Essex Business School building is the first zero-carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome will give the building its own micro-climate.

Our new building is a beautifully crafted environment for students, offering:
-Study pods and innovation booths for group-working
-A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
-A café with adjacent sun terrace
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
-A rainwater pond that recycles water to cool the building

Your future

We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.

This course also lends itself to progression onto our PhD Health Research, or our PhD Health and Organisational Research.

A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.

Example structure

-Qualitative Health Research
-Research Evaluation Projects
-Statistical Analysis
-Theory and Method in Health Research
-Dissertation (optional)
-Management and Organisational Behaviour
-Leadership in Health and Social Care (optional)
-Legal and Ethical Issues (optional)
-Management Psychology (optional)
-Managing for Ethics and Sustainability (optional)
-Philosophy of Management and Accounting (optional)

Visit the Health and Organisational Research - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Kate Simpson

“I decided to study at the University of Essex because of the postgraduate course offered by the School of Health and Human Sciences, and because the University’s location enabled me to stay living at home, which made further study a financially viable option.

I chose to study MSc Speech and Language Therapy because my undergraduate degree in English Language created an interest in language, while my later work experience further fuelled my interest in communication, speech and language therapy.

I particularly enjoy the flexibility of my course content, and staff within the School of Health and Human Sciences are very approachable so that, for example, if we feel we need more study on a particular area for example we can ask for it. The support from all my tutors has been amazing.

After I finish my studies at the University of Essex, I plan to work as a speech and language therapist. My course has an excellent reputation so I am already applying for posts in this area.”

(Student Profile)

Susan McGill

"Studying to be an occupational therapist was, in some ways, the most difficult but easiest decision I ever made! At 42 years of age with a well paid job and a young children, giving up our family security unnecessarily seemed rather risky. However, I knew something had to change if I was to be passionate about my job. I was employed in customer-focused/business roles and knew that working with people was a motivating factor for me. However, as I climbed into managerial responsibilities, I discovered I was getting further from the actual customer and more dissatisfied with each role I took.

Once my children were in full-time school, so money and time were less scarce, I began to research a career change. I saw a life coach, spoke to friends and family, and conducted extensive research through the internet. I knew I needed to work with people and do something purposeful, that made a difference.

I gradually narrowed my search and came up with occupational therapy - it met all my requirements and then some! I have always been 'a do-er', trying out many different life experiences, and I believe passionately in the sense of purpose and zest for life that occupation can bring. Learning that the central philosophy in occupational therapy mirrored this, and that such a career met all my motivating drivers, was an epiphany!

It is early days on my course at Essex but I'm enjoying every minute of it. I thought it would be tough going into the world of academia and on to an accelerated Masters course but I have not doubted my decision for one second. In fact, as I learn more about the profession, it feels that where I am now is a culmination of everything I've done before and I know I have made the right choice."


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