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MSc Health, Community and Development

About the MSc programme

This programme explores the role of various forms of community participation (ranging from small-scale community mobilisation to global social movements) in increasing the likelihood that people will engage in health-enhancing lifestyles, access health services and adhere to medical advice and treatment. It pays particular attention to the psycho-social processes underlying the impact of collective action on health and well-being, and explores the mechanisms whereby local and global social development approaches have the potential to lead not only to improved health, but also to transformatory social action. 

We will consider applicants with a good first degree in any discipline and a considered interest in the area covered by the programme. Relevant professional experience would also be desirable, though not essential. 

Programme details

The programme involves completing four course units, which include a dissertation of 10,000 words. 

Compulsory courses

  • Health, Community and Development examines the psycho-social determinants of local and global community mobilisation for health, and more particularly the role of participation, partnerships and collective action in the promotion of health and the management of disease.
  • Methods for Social Psychological Research provides students with an overview of methodological issues for social psychological research.
  • Dissertation provides an opportunity for students to conduct original empirical research based on their interests.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Graduates find employment in a range of fields including: communications and advocacy, public health, community health, social development, health promotion and research.


Application code: L7U9 (check availability|)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 15/72

Minimum entry requirement: A good degree in any subject, together with evidence of a considered interest in the area (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see  Fees and financial support|) MSc Health, Community and Development is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award (see ESRC|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. For consideration for ESRC funding 12 January 2015

Leonard Baatiema|