Social Science and Health Research (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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About Social Science and Health Research at Newcastle University

Our Social Science and Health Research MSc provides broad research training in the social sciences, along with research skills related to health, illness and health care. It is for students who want to progress to a PhD or research career in universities or public and private sectors.

This course provides learning opportunities to enable you to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the social science disciplines related to health, illness and health care. We aim to produce graduates who can proceed to careers in research in universities, and the public or private sector.


We deliver teaching via a mix of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical sessions

This encourages active learning through discussion, problem solving and group work. Some sessions will involve student presentations, and preparatory or further reading and individual study will be required for others.

One third of the course involves undertaking a research project, which is developed in collaboration with academics in the Institute of Health and Society. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or select your own project. Projects undertaken vary and can involve:

  • primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
  • secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
  • a systematic review

In semester one you will develop your knowledge and understanding of research methods. We will provide you with regular research supervision throughout the course.

The course is research training recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master's degree plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership.

Data based on responses from 56 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Public Health, epidemiology and Health Services Research. See more about what our graduates do.


We work with the Careers Service and encourage our students to undertake work experience placements, where relevant. Placements that have been put forward by Institute of Health and Society Staff include:

  • literature searching and reviewing
  • interviewing
  • a collaboration with a Newcastle based NGO (National Energy Action)

These placements were extremely successful, increased students' transferable skills and considerably enhanced their CVs.

A comment from former student, Liam Barford, who took a work placement through this course:

"I was lucky enough to take part in a work experience placement with National Energy Action. This placement was arranged through the Newcastle Work Experience scheme. My participation in this placement was actively encouraged by members of staff within the Institute of Health and Society. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with them. My role involved assisting in research focused on fuel poverty within the north east of England and assessing a number of local fuel poverty alleviation programmes." 

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in a sociology/policy discipline such as:

  • criminology
  • organisational studies
  • cultural studies
  • media studies
  • film studies
  • human geography
  • history
  • politics

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with at least 7.0 in writing)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

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