Health Research MRes *This programme is currently not recruiting – please contact the department for further information (MRes)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 3315

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 8500

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About Health Research MRes *This programme is currently not recruiting – please contact the department for further information at Brunel University London

This one-year degree provides high quality training in research methods within the broad field of health, healthcare and related social science disciplines. The degree is of particular relevance to health, social and voluntary sector professionals keen to enhance their careers through the acquisition of advanced methodological skills and to students who wish to use such skills as a foundation for PhD study. The MRes in Health Research can thus be completed as a qualification in itself or as the first stage in a four-year PhD programme at Brunel University. Entry RequirementsNormally a good Honours degree from a UK institution; an equivalent overseas qualification; or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants not fulfilling these criteria will be considered on an individual basis and will be interviewed. Students whose first language is not English must have IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent. Course AimsThis one-year degree provides high quality training in research methods within the broad field of health, healthcare and related social science disciplines. The degree is of particular relevance to health, social and voluntary sector professionals keen to enhance their careers through the acquisition of advanced methodological skills and to students who wish to use such skills as a foundation for PhD study. The MRes in Health Research can thus be completed as a qualification in itself or as the first stage in a four-year PhD programme at Brunel University. The MRes in Health Research is designed to meet the needs of health, social and voluntary professionals and social science graduates who require advanced research training for professional or academic development. The course: 1.provides students with an advanced methodological and conceptual training with regard to research in the field of health and health care; 2.equips students with a range of research skills to enable them to successfully complete research, either as part of a research team or as an individual; 3.provides a strong theoretical and practical introduction to the field of health-related research; 4.provides students with a range of general academic research skills and expertise expected of professional researchers.Course ContentThe course is based upon six taught modules and a dissertation. Two compulsory modules, Health Research and Health Policy, provide students with a highly focused introduction to health-related research and its contemporary policy and organisational context. Two other compulsory modules centre upon generic research training designed to provide students with skills that can be applied in a range of academic and professional settings. A further two taught modules, selected from a range of options, allow students to focus upon areas of particular interest. In some cases it may be possible - by negotiation - for students to follow one or two “tailor-made” Guided Study Modules based on directed reading and regular meetings with relevant academic staff. The final element of the degree involves the supervised completion of a dissertation (approximately 15,000 words).Typical ModulesCore ModulesHealth ResearchMain topics of study: key research methodologies, their conceptual bases and context in the field of health-related social science research; the interrelationship between theory, method and application in the context of health-related social science research; health, illness and health services.Health PolicyMain topics of study: policy, ideology and service delivery in British post-war health policy; health care systems and models: comparative health policy; analysing the policy process; medicine and power: doctors, state and society; medicine and power: public and patient involvement and empowerment; health inequalities and the politics of public health; rationing and demand management in health care; policy and technological change: the new human genetics; challenging policy: disability activism; challenging policy: mental health service user activism. Graduate Research Skills and Professional DevelopmentMain topics of study: reviewing research aims and objectives; choosing research methods; study design, sampling, and analytical issues in the use of such methods; appropriate resources for such studies; using information technologies; managing a research project, presenting research information. DissertationOn a topic to be agreed between the student and supervisor(s). Elective One from:Anthropology and Public HealthMain topics of study: changing conceptions of public health; constructing public health problems: the case of female circumcision; the social construction of epidemics; constructions of health and sickness in war zones; the changing relationship between anthropology and epidemiology; targeting people, targeting places: the limits of HIV prevention strategies; neglected tropical diseases and the case for targeted disease control programmes; public health and healing in the aftermath of war; evaluating public health policy; human rights and public health; ethical aspects of public health policy and practice. Clinically Applied Medical AnthropologyMain topics of study: medical versus lay perceptions of illness; body image and the interpretation of symptoms; psychosomatic disorders; reproduction and childbirth; death, dying and bereavement; ritual in health care; family culture and health; alcohol, tobacco and drug use and abuse. Applied Anthropology and International HealthMain topics of study: medical versus lay perceptions of illness; body image and the interpretation of symptoms; psychosomatic disorders; reproduction and childbirth; death, dying and bereavement; ritual in health care; family culture and health; alcohol, tobacco and drug use and abuse; health care pluralism in the UK, and abroad; folk, traditional and alternative healers; cultural attitudes to food and causes of malnutrition; cross-cultural psychiatry, and cross-cultural definitions of mental illness; culture-bound syndromes; migration, stress and health; urbanisation and the urban poor; family planning programmes; HIV and AIDS; primary health care; malaria; cultural barriers to international aid programmes. Anthropology of the BodyMain topics of study: the body as a 'text of culture'; the notion of 'embodiment' and the three bodies: individual, social and the body politic; the disciplined body; the body, sex and gender; the body, illness and distress; clothing the body; the body and the media; children's conceptions of the body; the possessed body; the body, dance and performance; theories of the person; the notion of 'normality'; the emergence of memero-politics; classifications, kinds, and kind-making; 'looping effects'; cultural bound syndrome and 'ecological niche'. Guided Study ModuleA tailor-made programme of reading, supervision and assessment that is pursued by permission. Teaching and LearningTeaching methods typically centre upon lectures, participatory seminars and one-to-one discussions between students and staff as the need arises (such as in the case of Guided Study modules or during the dissertation phase of the degree).AssessmentFormal assessment depends upon modules selected for study but typically centres upon essays and/or presentations. By way of example, in 2005-06 the compulsory module in Health Policy is assessed by a 4,000 word essay, the Health Research module via two research reports of between 1,500 and 2,000 words and Graduate Research Skills and Development II through a combination of an essay and oral presentation. There are currently no seen or unseen written exams. CareersThe MRes in Health Research will: help to develop the careers of professionals in the health, social care and voluntary sector whose interests and objectives encompass the design, execution or management of high quality research; provide students interested in an academic career with the research training central to PhD study and post-doctoral employment.

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  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3315International course feesGBP 8500

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