The methodological and theoretical components of health-related research from a social scientific perspective

MSc in Health Research

The MSc in Health Research is run jointly by ISER and the School of Health and Social Care. This degree offers an opportunity to study research methods in relation to issues of health in an inter-disciplinary environment. The course offers a grounding and substantive introduction to the key methodological and theoretical components required to undertake health related research from a social scientific perspective. It combines quantitative and qualitative research perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods and the specific application of these research methods to the health context. It will be best suited for graduates who wish to pursue a career in health related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

This MSc is administered by the School of Health and Social Work, further information for this degree can be found here:

Application deadlines:

Applications are accepted throughout the year, however most students start in October. If you are aiming for an October start date, it is recommended that you apply by July 1st. Funders may dictate start dates, so please check the guidelines when applying.

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Colchester Campus


Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years


Home/EU: £8,340 (FT)
International: £17,900 (FT)


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Supervision and teaching from leading academics


Fully-funded studentships through our Doctoral Training Centre

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