MA Health, Science and Society
UCAS code: 2D45
Duration: 4 years
School: Health in Social Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Health, Science and Society
This programme studies the complexity of human experience in the area of health, illness and the social arrangements for care. It combines current thinking from diverse disciplines, including sociology, psychology, counselling,ethics and nursing studies, to explore three broad themes: societies and communities; individuals, personhood and experience; and healthcare, social care and professional development.
You will explore the social causes of health and illness and their impact on different communities and social groups, drawing upon examples from around the world. This leads on to the study of individual and cultural understandings of health and illness and associated beliefs and behaviours, alongside the related concepts of deviance and stigma. You will also select four courses from a wide range of options.
You will study current key health issues of local and global importance, using research materials so that you gain an understanding of how knowledge is produced and used in real-life situations.
You'll also be introduced to the complexity of language use in interaction, and the role of language in communicating about health in society and in healthcare settings, focusing on the production of meanings, identities and social relationships. Again, a wide range of option courses is available, from which you'll choose four.
You will learn research skills; explore compassion, empathy and ethics as critical to care; examine care alongside consideration of the concept of the person, spirituality, individuality and dignity; and study mental health problems and the therapeutic alliance. You'll also choose three option courses from a wide range.
In your final year you will examine critical challenges in interdisciplinary teamwork, effective health and social care partnerships, leadership and change management, and public health initiatives and community collaborations for enhancing health. You'll also undertake an individual research project supported by a member of teaching staff. Again, the year will be completed with two option courses.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The School of Health in Social Science is in the University's Central Area with easy access to the University's Main Library and computer facilities.
In Year 3 you may have the option to study abroad through the University's international exchange programme.
How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, seminars, online resources and group work.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed primarily through coursework and exams, and you will complete an individual research project in your fourth year.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Graduates may pursue careers in community services, the voluntary sector, health services management, policy and research, health journalism, health education, patient advocacy, health promotion, liaison roles in health and social care, and project management/coordination. The programme provides a foundation for further professional career development or further study.
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Minimum entry requirements
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in Higher Level subjects. Standard Level: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
SQA and GCSE
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- IB Standard Level Grade 5
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There are no compulsory additional costs on this programme. You may wish to purchase books and there may be a small outlay on local bus fares involved in the optional community engagement course.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.