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 requires daytime weekday attendance
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

Health and wellbeing research asks how we can improve human health and wellbeing by reducing health inequalities, tackling the social determinants of poor health, increasing healthy behaviours and improving public health. Understanding how the conditions in which people are “born, grow, live, work and age” (World Health Organisation, Social Determinants of Health) act to protect or harm their health requires an interdisciplinary approach at the interface of social and biomedical sciences.

This programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered in partnership with the University of Bath, University of the West of England and University of Exeter.

Students on this pathway acquire a range of skills to develop and evaluate strategies to improve health. Core training in research methods supports optional units drawn from a diverse field including public health interventions, public health law, psychology of health behaviours, disability studies, poverty and inequality, global health and gendered violence. We hope our students’ work will make a major impact on our understanding of the social science that underpins health and wellbeing.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas (including EU): full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2021/22

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of ESRC PhD scholarships for this interdisciplinary pathway. PhD funding can be awarded to include this MRes as the first in a 4-year PhD award.

International students may apply for the University of Bristol Think Big Postgraduate scholarship for full-time study.

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

Programme structure

There are five core units, two of which are shared with students from our SWDTP partners. You are able to choose from a wide range of optional units, which can be taken at Bristol, UWE, Bath or Exeter. Self-funded students will be required to pay for any required travel to other institutions for optional units, while ESRC-funded students may choose to use their research training support grant fund.

As well as taught units, you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from one of the research centres in the School for Policy Studies.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MRes in Health and Wellbeing.

Entry requirements

Minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a health-related field (eg nutrition, sports science, psychology, dietetics, nursing, medicine, complementary therapies and social science degrees where health is a significant interest).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


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 Health and Wellbeing interdisciplinary pathway at the SWDTP (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD).

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 grand challenges in health. These provide an ideal introduction to a career in research.

The skills of research and writing, which are central to the programme, are invaluable for work in policy and planning. Our students are well placed for research and information careers with local government, Public Health England, national or international charities or other health organisations.

Many of our students already have established careers as health providers, and this programme has allowed them to progress in these roles or shift their focus to research and communications careers.

Application deadline:

This programme is being suspended and will not run for entry in 2021/2022 Academic year.

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Contact details

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

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

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REF 2014 results

  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care:
  • 50% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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


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