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Course content

This course offers an introduction to the key methodological and theoretical aspects of health-related research from a social scientific perspective. You combine perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods, and the specific application of these research methods, to the burgeoning health context of an ageing population and increased need for health care.

This programme should be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in health-related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

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 qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching issues of health and healthcare
-Advanced training in researching psychosocial aspects of health and wellbeing

Our MA Health 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 currently means that we focus on developing areas of scholarship in terms of the issues of health, well-being and psychosocial issues, understanding individual behaviour and global economic performance, policy and management.

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.

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

-Dissertation
-Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
-Panel Data Methods
-Qualitative Health Research
-Theory and Method in Health Research
-Introduction to Survey Design and Management
-Legal and Ethical Issues (optional)
-Leadership in Health and Social Care (optional)
-Research Design and Critical Appraisal (optional)
-Applied Sampling (optional)

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

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