Wellbeing MRes

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 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.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally be in a social sciences subject although other backgrounds may be considered. You can also apply for this course if you have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

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.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

Dr Henglien Chen

Dr Henglien Chen

Lecturer in Social Work

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

View Henglien Chen's profile

Dr Kristine Hickle

Dr Kristine Hickle

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

Research interests

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

View Kristine Hickle's profile

Prof Michelle Lefevre

Prof Michelle Lefevre

Professor of Social Work

Research interests

child protection, child well-being, Communication, psychoanalysis, Social work

View Michelle Lefevre's profile

Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic

Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic

Senior Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care

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

View Reima Ana Maglajlic's profile

Dr Tish Marrable

Dr Tish Marrable

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

Research interests

Autism and Social Care, Bereavement, Death and Dying, disability, Shamanic practice

View Tish Marrable's profile

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Senior Lecturer

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

View Sevasti-Melissa Nolas's profile

Dr David Orr

Dr David Orr

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Research interests

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

View David Orr's profile

Prof Elaine Sharland

Prof Elaine Sharland

Professor of Social Work Research

Research interests

child well-being, childhood and youth, Knowledge generation - Co-Creation, Research design and methodology, risk, Social work

View Elaine Sharland's profile

Prof Charles Watters

Prof Charles Watters

Professor of Wellbeing and Social Care

Research interests

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

View Charles Watters's profile

Dr Russell Whiting

Dr Russell Whiting

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Care

Research interests

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

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Course enquiries

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Find out about the Department of Social Work and Social Care

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

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

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

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

Careers

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.

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.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Academic and Research Skills MAIED

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides a structured induction into a wide range of essential academic and research skills. You will gain conceptual and practical experience in reading, analysing, designing and undertaking research throughout the module, culminating in the major project undertaken at the end of the course. Theory and practice are linked throughout, with sessions covering topics such as:

  • the conventions of academic referencing
  • approaches to reviewing the academic literature
  • writing a research proposal
  • different methodological positions
  • specific research methods and research ethics. 

The module aims to ensure a thorough understanding of the academic and research skills needed to undertake all aspects of the MA in International Education and Development and there are opportunities to discuss the requirements of each assignment in depth.

Throughout the year there is an emphasis on collaborative group work, exchanging ideas, presenting work in progress and supporting each other through the different phases of writing and reading. The course therefore provides a supportive framework within which you are encouraged to develop critical and reflexive understandings of your roles as both consumers and producers of research. 

Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives on Wellbeing Research

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will develop a conceptual and analytical understanding of a range of salient disciplinary approaches to research in wellbeing.

You gain a comprehensive knowledge of the specific challenges and opportunities involved in qualitative and quantitative interdisciplinary research and draw on helpful concrete examples on how challenges can be addressed.

You will demonstrate a conceptual and analytical understanding of a range of cultural perspectives on wellbeing and the implications of these perspectives for wellbeing research.

During the module, you will design a research project on wellbeing.

Policy and Practice in Wellbeing

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You take a critical approach to studying policy development and practices in wellbeing both nationally and globally.

You explore how policy concerning wellbeing is approached within different ideological models to examine wellbeing agendas in a range of specific areas of social policy practice, including public health, disability, the environment, work and worklessness, and ageing. 

You will look at:

• a critical introduction to policy development for wellbeing agendas both in the UK and globally
• the links between policy and the establishment of programmes linked to this
• the range of areas where wellbeing policy is relevant.

You learn through lectures and case focused seminars and workshops, allowing discussion, analysis and debate.

You are assessed through a 3,000 word essay focusing on an area of wellbeing policy.

Researching Wellbeing: skills,methods and design

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you will describe and distinguish between a range of models of wellbeing research and understand the contexts in which different models are appropriately applied, demonstrating a critical awareness of the theoretical foundations which underpin their use.

You design qualitative and quantitative measures for assessing wellbeing which incorporates ethically sound practice and is fit-for-purpose for the target research group.

You demonstrate the ability to use research methods effectively to collect meaningful data in order to assess or measure wellbeing.

You also show a critical awareness in data gathering, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of methodological approaches from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, and with regard to demonstrating a conceptual understanding of the ethical dimensions involved.

Dissertation - MRes

  • 90 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MRes course.

This will focus on empirical work in the field, and may involve the evaluation of a wellbeing project, a critical examination of a policy initiative or an assessment of good practice in the field and the potential to transfer good practice from one context to another.

Your dissertation can be based on fieldwork in the UK or abroad. You will complete your dissertation under expert supervision including ongoing formative feedback on your progress.

Topics can relate to any of six research cluster areas:

  • Ageing and Wellbeing
  • Children and Wellbeing
  • Cultural and Collective Sources of Wellbeing
  • Spirituality, Place and Wellbeing
  • Migration and Wellbeing
  • Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Supervisory support will be provided from experts from a range of disciplinary backgrounds within these research clusters.

Theories of Wellbeing

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You study key theories of wellbeing from historical and interdisciplinary perspectives.

You begin by exploring the concept of wellbeing itself and a range of meanings associated with it.

You examine early philosophical perspectives, including Aristotelian perspectives on what constitutes the ‘good life’, and key ideas on wellbeing and flourishing offered in major religious and philosophical traditions.

These perspectives will be considered in relation to the emergence of individualised views on wellbeing and specifically the contribution of positive psychology to current theory.

You also examine economic theories of wellbeing and assess their utility and potential limitations. This will be followed by examining the emergence of theories and approaches that view economics as a contributory aspect of wellbeing. You look at the impact of capability theories, the role of economic inequalities in wellbeing and the contribution of social capital to the development of theoretical models of wellbeing. 

You study:

  • salient theories of wellbeing
  • historical and ideological influences on the development of theory 
  • the links between specific theories of wellbeing to their emergence and use in distinctive disciplinary fields and policy development
  • the way theory underpins strategies and techniques for the measurement of wellbeing. 

Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will explore legal and rights frameworks relating to children and young people with a particular emphasis on international conventions and perspectives. The first part of the module will involve an exploration of three areas of law: children's rights, child protection/welfare and youth justice/offending. 
Explorations of these topics will include an examination of ideas of globalisation and post-colonial critiques where relevant. In the second part of the module case studies will be used to critically explore these issues in relation to practice with children and young people drawing upon examples from the developed and developing world.

An indicative list of practice topics for exploration includes: 

  • Children/young people and work
  • Children and poverty
  • Children and homelessness
  • Children and criminal justice
  • Children and refugee status
  • Children and the family 

The module will make connections between policy and practice approaches to children and youth in majority and minority worlds as well as linking themes such as migration, adoption and child trafficking. We will, however, pay particular attention to the specificities of work within a development context including an exploration of the practice issues asssociated with work in refugee camps and with street children.

Migration and Wellbeing

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Our contemporary world has been characterised as living through an age of migration, with an unprecedented number and diversity of people on the move around the world.

We introduce you to the dynamics of migration in the contemporary world, and to its implications for migrants' wellbeing and the development of health and welfare receiving societies. We begin by introducing salient theories of migration – push-pull, historical structural theories, transnational theories and migration systems theories – and explore their implications for research.

The term migrant does scant justice to the range of people leaving their home countries to make new lives elsewhere, and the challenes they face. The wellbeing of migrants is crucially influenced by the circumstances in which they leave their home countries and try to resettle. You will be presented with a categorisation of contemporary migration, including forms of voluntary and forced migration, and the specific implications of these for migrants' wellbeing. You examne these further through a range of case studies, drawing on first-hand research of migrant reception in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Brazil, Malta and across Scandinavia.

The first part of the module examines migrants' needs and circumstances, the particular health and social care issues affecting them and the challenges they face in resettlement. The second part focuses primarily on how receiving countries have responded to the perceived needs of migrants (e.g. the development of ‘culturally appropriate’ health and social care services, special projects and a range of health and welfare interventions). The third part looks at evidence of ‘good practice’ in relation to services aimed at enhancing migrants’ wellbeing, and examines the potential for transferring good practice from one country to another.  

We structure our assessments to incorporate formative feedback.

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