MRes
1 year full time
Starts September 2017

Wellbeing

Ageing, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, children, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing – you have the opportunity to explore diverse topics on this course.

This MRes provides a strong grounding in theory and methodology, drawing on disciplines such as social work, psychology, economics, anthropology, medicine and sociology.

You’ll learn from leading scholars working in a range of innovative and interdisciplinary projects. This means you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to projects that are shaping policy and practice.

Key facts

  • Social Work at Sussex is ranked 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Research links: the innovative and interdisciplinary course complements the work of our recently established Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing.
  • Career prospects: this course gives you the skills to work in a range of health and social care organisations where the ‘wellbeing agenda’ is key.

How will I study?

You learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. You also have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork as part of your dissertation.

Assessment methods include essays, a concept note and a research portfolio. You also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a social science is normally required, though other backgrounds may be considered. Applications are also welcome from those who have significant experience in well-being related programmes.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)

£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

Find out more about the PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Henglien Chen
    Lecturer in Social Work
    H.L.Chen@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: ageing care policy and practice: cross country comparison, ageing care service provisions, ageing care workforce, family carer for older people, gerontology social work

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    Dr Kristine Hickle
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care
    K.Hickle@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: childhood and youth, Groups, groupwork, human trafficking, sexual violence, Social work, Trauma

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    Ms Sharon Lambley
    Lecturer in Social Work
    S.Lambley@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social work

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    Dr Michelle Lefevre
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work & Care
    M.Lefevre@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: child protection, child well-being, Communication, psychoanalysis, Social work

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    Mr Barry Luckock
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work & SocialPolicy
    B.A.Luckock@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social work

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    Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic
    Senior Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care
    R.A.Maglajlic@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Mental Health, Participatory Design, participatory methods, radical social work, Social rights and social justice, social welfare reform, social work and political conflict, social work and social development

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    Dr Tish Marrable
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care
    L.F.Marrable@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Autism and Social Care, Bereavement, disability, Emotion in professional practice, Social work, Supervision

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    Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas
    Senior Lecturer
    S.Nolas@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: action research, childhood and youth, children's participation, children's social policy, children's welfare, public life, qualitative research methods, social action, Social work, youth inclusion, youth policy

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    Dr David Orr
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work
    D.Orr@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: adult protection, adult safeguarding, Andean studies, anthropology of the Andes, cinema and dementia, Dementia, ethnography, Global Mental Health, medical anthropology, Mental Health

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    Prof Gillian Ruch
    Professor of Social Work
    G.Ruch@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social work

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    Prof Elaine Sharland
    Professor of Social Work Research
    E.Sharland@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Knowledge generation - Co-Creation, Research design and methodology, Responsibilities to children, Social work, Youth

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    Prof Rachel Thomson
    Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies
    R.Thomson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social behaviour, Sociology

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    Dr Denise Turner
    Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care
    D.M.Turner@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Autoethnography, Change, Child Death, Creative practice, Death Education, Digital practices, Loss, Service User narratives, Social Media

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    Prof Charles Watters
    Professor of Wellbeing and Social Care
    C.Watters@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Asylum seeking, Children and migration, medical anthropology, Mental Health and Well-Being, Refugees and asylum, Social work, well-being

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    Dr Russell Whiting
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Care
    R.Whiting@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Church History & History Of Theology, Modern British history, Social work

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Careers

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Social Work and Social Care were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • manager, East Sussex Council
  • special assistant, Ningchi Health and Wellness Association
  • social worker, Brighton & Hove Council.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

You’ll be equipped to work in a variety of ways in the growing and dynamic field of wellbeing. This will include playing leading roles in a diverse range of health and social care organisations where the ‘wellbeing agenda’ is key.

The course will also open prospects for research careers in the increasingly wide range of research projects on wellbeing in the UK and internationally.

You’ll specialise in your chosen aspects of wellbeing, for example:

  • services for ageing populations
  • children
  • migrants
  • those with health and mental health problems.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work