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Social Science and Health Research MSc

Social Science and Health Research MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Sciences Social Research Health Studies Research Methods (Science)

Course type


Course Summary

Our Social Science and Health Research MSc provides broad research training in the social sciences, along with research skills related to health, illness and health care. It is for students who want to progress to a PhD or research career in universities or public and private sectors.

This course provides learning opportunities to enable you to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the social science disciplines related to health, illness and health care. We aim to produce graduates who can proceed to careers in research in universities, and the public or private sector.


We deliver teaching via a mix of:

practical sessions

This encourages active learning through discussion, problem solving and group work. Some sessions will involve student presentations, and preparatory or further reading and individual study will be required for others.

One third of the course involves undertaking a research project, which is developed in collaboration with academics. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or select your own project. Projects undertaken vary and can involve:

primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
a systematic review

In semester one you will develop your knowledge and understanding of research methods. We will provide you with regular research supervision throughout the course.

The course is research training recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master's degree plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The aims of the module are to enable students to: I. Understand how sociological perspectives on health, illness and medicine are fundamental to an understanding of contemporary society II. Provide an introduction to: social science and health; history of medicine and professionalization; social structure and health (social class, gender, ethnicity, age) III. Extend their understanding of the origins of health inequalities, the social determinants of health and socioeconomic gradients in health IV. Understand the role of public policy and practice in tackling health inequalities in the jurisdictions where they are likely to work as researchers and practitioners.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in a sociology/policy discipline such as: criminology organisational studies cultural studies media studies film studies human geography history politics.