Newcastle University

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Social Science and Health Research


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme aims to provide broad research training in the social sciences, along with research skills that are specifically related to health, illness and health care. It is jointly taught with the Faculty of Medical Sciences and is designed for students who want to progress to a PhD and/or research career in universities or public and private sectors. Please note that this programme is pending recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) under its 1+3 system (Master's degree plus PhD) of funding for postgraduate studies.You take compulsory modules (100 credits) in: the nature of explanation and enquiry in the social sciences; quantitative methodology in the social sciences; qualitative methodology in the social sciences; information skills; dissertation preparation; health care and health care policy; and a special study in applied social sciences and health. Optional modules (20 credits) are also selected from: applied epidemiology; health care quality; health economics or health promotion, comparative policy analysis, political economy of social policy; social divisions and inequality. The MSc also involves a dissertation (60 credits) in a social policy or health sciences topic, which could be desk-based primary or secondary analysis, or a study involving fieldwork. The Diploma is available for those who do not undertake the dissertation.


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