MRes Health and Wellbeing

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MRes
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study may require daytime weekday attendance
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This collaborative, interdisciplinary pathway brings together key academics within the South West Doctoral Training Partnership whose research and teaching strengths are in the broad area of health and wellbeing - in particular, lifestyle behaviours and public health.

Students on this pathway acquire a range of skills to develop and evaluate interventions and strategies to improve health behaviour. Your work will make a major impact on our understanding of the social science that underpins avoidable health problems, and will build research capacity at the interface of biomedical and social sciences, both within and beyond academia.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 ESRC scholarships for this interdisciplinary pathway.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
  • Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research

Optional units

These can be taken at either Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Units offered at Bristol can vary from year to year but may include:

  • Researching Health and Social Care
  • Further Qualitative Methods
  • Researching Child and Family Welfare
  • Physical Activity, Disease and Public Health
  • Nutrition, Disease and Public Health
  • Determinants of Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions: Conceptualisation and Design
  • Inclusive Research with Disabled People
  • Psychological Statistics and research tools
  • Neuropsychological analysis tools
  • Nutrition and behaviour
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Social psychology and Individual Differences

Units can also be selected from outside of the School for Policy Studies, subject to topic relevance, the timetable and availability. Please see the SWDTP Health and Wellbeing web page for more information about the units offered by the Universities of Bath and Exeter. 


Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from one of the centres in the school.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a related field or equivalent qualification.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The MRes in Health and Wellbeing offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MRes is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 programme (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD programme).

The MRes emphasises ESRC-accredited research methods training, the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and the ability to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging issues. These provide an ideal introduction to academic research.

After achieving the MRes, our students go on to employment in a range of careers that touch on areas of government policy and health promotion at local, national and international level, while other students have continued within academic careers, taking up doctoral positions and research associate positions in UK and international universities.

The programme also establishes a sound research training base, along with practical applications, which gives our students a competitive edge for different types of employment, including research, policy and intervention implementation.

How to apply
Application deadline:

The closing date for studentship applications is midday on 2 February 2017. The closing date for non-funded places is 31 August 2017.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email:

School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ


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