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Integrates social science with King’s leading health schools and their internationally recognized excellence in biomedical and health research and training.
Taught by a dynamic and research-led team of academics with a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise, providing students with first hand exposure to advanced academic research.
Situated in the heart of London, providing unrivalled opportunities to engage with the worlds of policymaking, non-governmental agencies and biomedical research.
Provides an open and supportive learning environment, fostering independent and critical learners and researchers.
Application status Closed
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180-200/ECTS 90-100
Course intake There is no set number.
Course leaders Dr Filippa Lentzos
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
Candidates should have a 1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). We may consider candidates with a lower second class degree or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution if they can:
show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications
demonstrate that they are highly motivated
provide referees from their university or employment strongly supporting their admission onto a master's level programme.
In these circumstances we will usually admit a student to our certificate or diploma programmes, possibly with a view to the student transferring to the master's programme if they successfully pass their first two examined subjects. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account.
Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. You may be invited to be interviewed. We may interview non-UK candidates by telephone and may ask applicants to write an essay. We will only assess complete applications with supporting uploaded documents. Please see our website for more details. We aim to process applications within three weeks; during holiday periods applications may take longer to process.
The personal statement should be approximately three to four paragraphs, and no more than one page. This should explain why you are interested in the programme applied for, and could include, for example, details of your motivation and aptitude, your relevant experience and skills, and any other information that would be useful for us in assessing your application. In general terms, we look for candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in the programme, are committed to academic study at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the potential to do well in an academic environment.
Master of Science in Research Methods for Social Science and Health MSc - the deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
Master of Science in Research Methods for Social Science and Health PG Dip - the deadlines for applications for January 2018 entry is 29th October 2017 (overseas) and 3rd December 2016 for UK/EU
Master of Science in Research Methods for Social Science and Health PG Cert is still open to applications.
Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s is a unique interdisciplinary department founded in 2012 with a mission to address the changing landscape of health and medicine from a social science perspective. Working closely with colleagues in biomedicine and the life sciences, it explores the complex social determinants of health, illness and ageing, and the ways in which advances in biomedicine and biotechnology are changing expectations about life and health, and the social and ethical challenges of global inequalities in health, illness and medical care.
The Department has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for the quality of its interdisciplinary research in sociology, anthropology, gerontology and ethics. It achieved the highest proportion of 4* research outputs of any sociology submission to the 2014 REF, where 4* represents world-leading research in terms of originality, significance and rigour. In addition, 100% of its research impact was awarded a 4* or 3* rating.
The MSc in Research Methods for Social Science and Health draws on departmental research first hand, and benefits from close connections with King’s internationally renowned health schools. Taught by a dedicated team of experienced academics, the programme introduces students to epistemology and ethics in the social sciences, and provides foundational training in research design and governance, and in quantitative and qualitative methodology. It offers a variety of options for advanced and more specialized training. The dissertation forms an integral part of the programme, enabling students to put the knowledge and research skills they’ve gained into practice on a topic of their own choosing. Through the programme students develop a critical understanding of research, a variety of methods and their practical application in health and social sciences.
A rich departmental programme of guest speakers, research seminars, workshops, reading groups and visiting researchers enhances students’ learning experience. Alumni consistently comment on how the department has prepared them to embark on new careers or advance their existing positions by providing them with the skills and expertise to evaluate, conduct and commission research.
Prior training in quantitative or qualitative methods is not required. The programme can be studied over one year on a full time basis, or over two years part time. Students can also opt for an abbreviated Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
The postgraduate programme provides an excellent foundation for understanding, conducting and using social science research in policy, medicine and healthcare. It is designed for researchers, professionals and practitioners seeking to develop their understanding and practical application of research methodologies, especially those from health, policy, NGO and government sectors, and those who manage and/or commission research.
Combination of lectures, tutorial classes, independent study, optional modules, attendance at regular seminars and colloquium, and an extended research project.
Assessment encompasses a mix of both formal and informal assessment methods, including oral presentation, extended essays both formative and summative, unseen examination, and a dissertation.
Programme Core Module
Epistemology, Methodology & Ethics in the Social Sciences (Details TBA)
Programme Compulsory Modules:
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM503
Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM502
One Compulsory Foundation Subject Area Module:
Foundations of Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM620
The Politics of Medicine & Health - 7SSHM600
Critical Bioethics - 7SSHM616
Critical Global Health - 7SSHM605
Ageing, Health & Society - 7SSHM501
Population, Ageing & Policy - 7SSHM500
Plus one of the following:
Dissertation in Medicine, Health & Public Policy
Dissertation in Bioethics & Society
Dissertation in Global Health & Social Justice
Ageing & Society Dissertation
Public Policy & Ageing Dissertation
Students can select 15-35 credits of optional modules from within the department or from other departments within King's College. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.
*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.
Quantitative Data Analysis - 7SSHM504
Researching Vulnerable Populations - 7SSHM506
Data Manipulation & Management - 7SSHM507
Ethics of Clinical Research - 7SSHM615
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£3,150 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £9,450 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*
£6,140 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £18,420 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*
£1,575 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £4,725 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*
£3,070 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £9,210 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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