University of Essex

School of Health and Human Sciences

Health Studies (research)


Wivenhoe Park

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Health Studies (research)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Within our multidisciplinary School of Health and Human Sciences, we offer research supervision in the following fields: - analysis of large scale surveys; - approaches to pain management; - child and adolescent mental health; - children with special educational needs; - clinical decision making; - clinical psychology; - cognitive behavioural therapy; - consumerism and consumption in health care; - cross-cultural mental health; - educational psychology; - evaluation of psychological treatments; - health-related social movements; - health-related stigma; - health services research; - housing and health; - how life events and conditions influence health; - interpretative policy analysis of health care; - mental health services; - the third sector and health care provision; - nursing theory and practice; - physiotherapy education and practice; - political economy of health care; - post-trauma responses/stress disorder/growth; - professional/clinical education and practice; - public health management; - public health practice and policy; - qualitative methods; - quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies); - service evaluation and development; - social aspects of HIV/AIDS; - social epidemiology and health inequalities; - social inequality and health; - social issues around health and the intersection of theories of delinquency and health; - social organisation of health care; - sociology of happiness and wellbeing; - sociology of health and illness; - sociology of mental health; - sociology of risk;and - understanding and application of research in health settings. Our School of Health and Human Sciences offers a multidisciplinary environment with an excellent reputation for research and teaching. We submitted with our Department of Sociology in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and were awarded joint first in the UK. Within our School, our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having staff that are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility. A unique feature of our school is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health policy and practice and related fields. We have research interest groups in ‘Developing Professional Practice’ and ‘Applied Health Research’, and host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.


Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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