Social Science and Health Research MSc

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,250 part time £3,125
International: full time £16,240 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme provides broad research training in the social sciences, along with research skills specifically related to health, illness and health care. It is designed for students who want to progress to a PhD and/or research career in universities or public and private sectors. The programme is research training recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master’s degree plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies through the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC).


You take compulsory modules and optional modules.

The MSc also involves a dissertation in a social policy or health sciences topic, which could be desk-based primary or secondary analysis, or a study involving fieldwork.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in a sociology/policy discipline such as: criminology; organisational studies; cultural studies; media studies; film studies; human geography; history and politics.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in writing), TOEFL 107 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 73 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Helen Fenwick
Newcastle Biomedicine
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research.


Student profiles:

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The research support here is great. The staff are very helpful and understanding and patient most of all. I have to say, I am really lucky, firstly for being given a great opportunity to do a PhD and secondly because of the supervisors.

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