MA Health in Social Science
UCAS code: 2D50
Duration: 4 years
School: Health in Social Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Health in Social Science
This programme provides you with the opportunity to explore health, illness and the provision of care through the lens of the social sciences.
We seek to understand patterns of disease and wellness locally, nationally and globally by drawing on current knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, including:
- public health and nursing studies
You will also study other disciplines to help you examine how individuals, communities and cultures make sense of health experiences including:
- health promotion
- cultural studies
The third strand of the programme examines health and social care provision.
We also provide training in professional skills such as active listening and leadership development.
We welcome anyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and society.
You will explore the social causes of health and illness, and their often equal impact on different communities and social groups, drawing upon examples from around the world.
This leads to the study of how individuals and cultures understand:
- health and illness
- associated beliefs and behaviours
- the related concepts of deviance and stigma
You will select four courses from a wide range of options from schools across the University.
- study current key health issues of local and global importance, with expert researchers in the fields
- gain an understanding of how knowledge is produced and used in real-life situations
- be introduced to how language shapes societies and individuals
- focus on the role of language in communicating about health in society (like the media and health promotion literature) and in healthcare settings
- gain hands-on experience in developing your own communication skills
You will choose four courses from the wide range of options available.
- 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
- study mental health problems and the therapeutic alliance
You will choose three courses from the wide range of options available.
In your final year, you will examine:
- critical challenges in interdisciplinary work
- effective health and social care partnerships
- leadership and change management
- public health initiatives
- community collaborations for enhancing health at individual and community scales
You will produce an individual research project (dissertation) supported by a member of teaching staff.
You will choose two courses from the wide range of options available. This will include our own option provisions which places the body at the centre of a sociological exploration of wellbeing.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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The School of Health in Social Science is in the University's Central Campus area with easy access to the University's Main Library and computer facilities.
In Year 3, you may be able to study abroad through the University's international exchange programme.
How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of:
- online resources
- group work
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed primarily through coursework and your individual research project in Year 4.
Graduates may pursue careers in areas such as:
- health services management
- policy and research
- health journalism
- health education
- patient advocacy
- health promotion
- community services
- the voluntary sector
- liaison roles in health and social care
- project management/coordination
The programme provides a foundation for further professional career development.
You may also continue your studies at the postgraduate level in:
- social science fields
- social care
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
- A Levels: No specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
- IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at C
- IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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There are no compulsory additional costs on this programme.
You may wish to buy books and there may be a small expense for public transport fares involved in the optional community engagement courses.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.