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Health Wellbeing & Society

The MSocSc programme will help you to develop an in-depth and critical understanding of health and wellbeing issues and policy as well as instruction in social analysis and research methods.
The following are some of the key themes covered in the programme:
-Changing and emerging definitions of health, illness and the body;
-Gender identities, health and wellbeing;
-Global health and healthcare systems

Entry requirements

-Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline. A Second Class Honours Grade One (2H1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2H2) standard or equivalent may be considered.
-Applicants with a Joint Honours primary degree should normally have attained a standard of at least Second Class Honours Grade Two (2H2) in their final degree.
-Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.
-All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits

90 credits

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Caroline Sheehan
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 8674

Subjects taught

90 credits taught masters
60 credits taught modules
30 credits dissertation

Core modules include:

Health, Illness and Society

Comparing Healthcare Systems


You select a minimum of one of the following research modules:

Qualitative Research

Quantitative Data Analytics and Applications

Optional modules include:

Disability and Equality

Approaches to Medical History

Biostatistics: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

Overview of International Health

Economic Globalisation and Social Change

Race, Space and Place

Ethnicity and Nationalism

Global Migration

Cultural Theories and Applications

Dynamic Social Networks

Social Epidemiology

Health Management

Global Health Threats

Policing & Social Conflict

Social, Economic and Political Networks

Please see online for full list of modules

The structure may be subject to change for the 2017/ 2018 academic year.


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The Programme was developed for people with an interest, and or professional focus, in the area of Health and Illness. It is designed to facilitate you in terms of career development or to progress further in academic research.

Health practitioners, researchers and those working in a variety of social policy, health and care organisations (such as the HSE) have taken this course although the majority of entrants are recent graduates in Sociology, Social Science or related disciplines (psychology, philosophy, human geography, history, politics, and economics).

Application date

MSocSc Health, Wellbeing & Society FT (W284)
Deadline: 30-JUN-17

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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