BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Welfare, Health and Wellbeing

MPhil  |  Placement Year:   No

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile
Researchers in the Welfare, Health and Wellbeing theme work in the UK and internationally to improve knowledge of the social processes that contribute to people’s welfare, health and wellbeing. We address these challenges through robust, ethical research and by developing innovative methodologies to advance how research, knowledge production and evaluation are conducted. We have strong connections with policy making and practice, and a commitment to social impact and public engagement. Our established research areas include:

  • Health behaviour, experiences and interventions
  • Sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing
  • Social change and wellbeing in the global south
  • Youth welfare, health and wellbeing
  • Media, communication and representation in health and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing experiences and evidence 

You can find more detailed descriptions of these areas here.

ESRC-funded studentships through the GUDTP Health and Wellbeing Pathway 
Many of our research areas are eligible for studentships awarded through our membership of the Health and Wellbeing Pathway of the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). We welcome enquiries about potential topics in the area of Health and Wellbeing; the list below is by no means exhaustive but gives examples of current and recent opportunities:

  • Community sport and wellbeing:  a qualitative perspective
  • The impact of community sport programmes on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Addressing health and wellbeing inequalities through sport and physical activity
  • Developing sport development: online collaborative training for staff working in national/international sport development-based charities
  • Sexual Health Promotion: a comparative study of methods for reaching young people.
  • Improving LGBT Health Through Good Practice in Health Promotion
  • Anti-violence Interventions With Young People: Evaluating a sexual consent campaign
  • Switched on and Connected? Loneliness And Young People – the well-being of young people in the digital age.
Programme description

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile
Researchers in the Welfare, Health and Wellbeing theme work in the UK and internationally to improve knowledge of the social processes that contribute to people’s welfare, health and wellbeing. We address these challenges through robust, ethical research and by developing innovative methodologies to advance how research, knowledge production and evaluation are conducted. We have strong connections with policy making and practice, and a commitment to social impact and public engagement. Our established research areas include:

  • Health behaviour, experiences and interventions
  • Sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing
  • Social change and wellbeing in the global south
  • Youth welfare, health and wellbeing
  • Media, communication and representation in health and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing experiences and evidence 

You can find more detailed descriptions of these areas here.

ESRC-funded studentships through the GUDTP Health and Wellbeing Pathway 
Many of our research areas are eligible for studentships awarded through our membership of the Health and Wellbeing Pathway of the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). We welcome enquiries about potential topics in the area of Health and Wellbeing; the list below is by no means exhaustive but gives examples of current and recent opportunities:

  • Community sport and wellbeing:  a qualitative perspective
  • The impact of community sport programmes on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Addressing health and wellbeing inequalities through sport and physical activity
  • Developing sport development: online collaborative training for staff working in national/international sport development-based charities
  • Sexual Health Promotion: a comparative study of methods for reaching young people.
  • Improving LGBT Health Through Good Practice in Health Promotion
  • Anti-violence Interventions With Young People: Evaluating a sexual consent campaign
  • Switched on and Connected? Loneliness And Young People – the well-being of young people in the digital age.
Key Modules

Following the completion of the course students may follow several career paths:

  • Career path within academia starting as a University Lecturer/Assistant Professor
  • Career path as a researcher in clinical and public health commencing as a post-doc researcher and progressing to senior researcher.
  • Career path within government agencies (e.g . PHE, Department of Health etc)

We have well established research projects funded by a range of RCUK and charitable organisations and supervisors ensure candidates can gain experience of high level research during their period of study.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

Module & Subject
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 60%- 70% or GPA 2.8/4 - 3.4/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER