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MRes in Wellbeing

Course Description

The MRes in Wellbeing has been designed for students who are interested in developing research skills and knowledge in the field of wellbeing. It is taught by a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision, and includes the opportunity to carry out fieldwork as part of the MRes dissertation.

The course provides a strong grounding in theory and methodology, drawing on disciplines such as social work, psychology, economics, anthropology, medicine and sociology. Modules explore diverse themes such as ageing, children, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing. The course provides a unique opportunity to learn from leading scholars working in a range of innovative
and interdisciplinary projects on wellbeing and to apply knowledge gained through the course to projects that are shaping policy and practice.

The course provides a sound knowledge of theoretical and methodological issues in wellbeing from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. You develop your research skills in evaluation and critical appraisal of policies and programmes aimed at enhancing populations’ wellbeing. You will also develop knowledge that can be applied across a spectrum of wellbeing research, including research on ageing and wellbeing, and on children and wellbeing.

By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of current problems or new insights in the interdisciplinary field of wellbeing, encompassing research, policy and practice. You will also have an understanding of historical and cross-cultural perspectives on wellbeing, as well as and ability to apply knowledge taken from cognate disciplines to interpret knowledge relevant to the interdisciplinary field of wellbeing. You will be able to make sound judgements and communicate conclusions about issues related to wellbeing tht are characterised by complexity and uncertainty.


Assessment methods include essays for Theories of Wellbeing, Policy and Practice in Wellbeing, and Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives on Wellbeing, and a Research Portfolio for the Researching Wellbeing module. Theories of Wellbeing also requires the production of a concept note and Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives on Wellbeing requires an an annotated bibliography.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

You take Theories of Wellbeing • Policy and Practice in Wellbeing • Researching Wellbeing: Skills, Methods and Design • Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives on Wellbeing Research. You also take an option and complete a 20,000 word-dissertation.

Fees and Scholarships

Fees -

Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £6,060 per year(1)
Overseas students: £14,450 per year(2)

(1) The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
(2) The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.

For more information on fee status, visit Fees - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/fees/pg2016

Visit Living costs - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/livingcosts

Scholarships -

The funding sources listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual funding source to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

Visit Postgraduate taught scholarships 2015 - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015

Visit Career development and part-time work - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Career Paths

At the end of the course, you have a range of knowledge, skills and practical experience that will equip you to work in a variety of ways in the growing and dynamic field of wellbeing. This will include playing leading roles in a diverse range of health and social care organisations for whom the ‘wellbeing agenda’ is now pivotal to their missions.

The course will also open prospects for research careers working in the increasingly wide range of research projects in the field in the UK and internationally. You will gain crucial experience relating to research clusters and will be able to specialise in chosen aspects of wellbeing, for example, in relation to services for ageing populations, children, migrants and those with health and mental health problems.

Visit the MRes in Wellbeing page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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