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Course content

The MRes Health and Wellbeing aims to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, biological and environmental drivers of individual health behaviours and interventions appropriate to develop health and wellbeing. It is designed to extend your understanding of the social science underpinning the development of effective interventions, strategies and policies aimed at sustainable improvement in health and wellbeing, and reducing physical and psychological health inequalities. The programme examines contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan. You should develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary skills and processes to translate scientific research into practical health and wellbeing applications.

The programme aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. It aims to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within this theme, and to provide you with a solid foundation for embarking on doctoral level studies. Upon graduation you should be well equipped to progress to PhD study or work in the area of health and wellbeing policy and practice.

The MRes Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/fundedcentres/swdtc/) - a hub of world-class social science research. The MRes also forms the first year of a collaborative 1+3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with all three institutions; read details of the MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing.(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/sport/healthwellbeing/)

Learning and teaching

The programme will adopt a range of small group teaching methods alongside the encouragement of independent study. An innovative element of the programme will be to integrate inter-institutional teaching through the ‘Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health’ interdisciplinary module aimed at providing an insight into the challenges of working across disciplines with staff and fellow students.

Programme structure

The MRes Health and Wellbeing is available for study 12 months full-time, studied over three terms, and is University-based throughout this time

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include; Behavioural Science Research Skills; Interdisciplinary Research Design; Research Methods and Analytical Procedures; Dissertation (Journal Article) and Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health;

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules which may be available are; Contemporary Debates in Human Geography; Advances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology; Current Research Issues in Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology; Methods in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience; Paediatric Exercise and Health; Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.

Careers

The MRes Health and Wellbeing is designed to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within this theme, and to provide you with a solid foundation for embarking on doctoral level studies. Upon graduation you should be well equipped to progress to PhD study or work in the area of health and wellbeing policy and practice.

Visit the MRes Health and Wellbeing page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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