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Health Wellbeing & Society

MSocSc Health, Wellbeing & Society

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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.

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).

This programme was developed for people with a generic interest in, and/or professional focus, in the broad area of Health and Illness. It is designed to facilitate students in terms of career development or to progress further in academic research. It is relevant to those who wish to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to a range of factors that impinge on personal and population health and on local and global health policy. 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 university graduates in Sociology, Social Science or related disciplines (psychology, philosophy, human geography, history, politics, and economics and medical practitioners). More recently, the course has also attracted and physicians. It is currently open to full time students, for professionals and practitioners working in the health or related health field. Students will develop both historical and cross-cultural perspectives of health as well as a critical and reflective approach to the issues raised. They will be introduced to key and cutting-edge theoretical approaches in the field. The goal is to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to constructively challenge policies and related practices, individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others leadership and advocacy skills. To this end students are expected to produce and present seminars for critical discussion and debate. The training will provide a number of important skills that are transferable across a wide range of fields such as data collection, critical analysis, how to use IT systems to retrieve and evaluate knowledge and information, and how to give confidently give oral presentations using modern technology. These are essential skills for future professional or academic development. The programme uses a range of learning strategies including didactic teaching, seminars and small group learning, computer assisted learning and case studies.

Programme Outcomes

Have an appreciation of cross-cultural and historical health care systems

Illustrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of health, illness and wellbeing in society

Demonstrate an understanding of patterns of health, illness and wellbeing in contemporary society

Show critical knowledge of social science research methodologies pertaining to the area of health, wellbeing and society

Successfully complete a substantial piece of research through an individually-supervised dissertation

Express communication, reading, presentation and writing skills appropriate to field of health, wellbeing and society

Entry requirements

Full Time option suitable for:

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

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

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 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.

Duration

Duration:1 Years / 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time / Part Time

Further enquiries

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
Dissertation

You select a minimim 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

Application date

The following entry routes are available:
MSocSc Health, Wellbeing & Society FT (W284)

Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSocSc Health, Wellbeing & Society PT (W285)

Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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