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MSc Health Research

Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

Our School of Health and Human Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, with an ever expanding range of health-related courses on offer, and our reputation for research (submitted with our Department of Sociology) is outstanding.

This course is the Masters element of an ESRC-accredited pathway for our Doctoral Training Centre, so is taught across our School and our Institute for Social and Economic Research, drawing upon substantive and methodological expertise from both areas.

As well as providing requisite training for our ESRC-funded students, we offer a unique opportunity for you to study within an interdisciplinary environment. This course will be of interest if you wish to pursue a career in a health-related research or employment in health-related governmental and non-governmental organisations.
(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."


Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (typically social sciences, health sciences or health studies) or equivalent professional standing (for all other courses); IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

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