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MRes Health and Wellbeing

Year of Entry 2022/23

Health and Wellbeing

Acquire research training within a research led environment that prepares you for a career in health and wellbeing where research is a core component. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £8,745 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Attain in–depth knowledge and skills in your chosen area of research relevant to health and wellbeing contexts.
  • Study diverse modules
  • Be supported by active researchers on a flexible distance–learning course.
  • Enhance your employability in research related roles across the health and wellbeing sector
  • Gain a useful postgraduate research qualifications
  • Learn to research effectively, and contribute towards PhD applied research training if required
  • Gain insight in to doctoral study and prepare for a subsequent PhD if required.

This course is designed for professionals wishing to enhance their careers in health and wellbeing. You'll study around your own schedule, and prepare yourself either for doctoral studies, or for a more specialist or senior research related roles in healthcare.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Robert Appleyard talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course includes a research–based dissertation, which may become a pilot study for a PhD. You'll also study four modules based around research methods, under the supervision of a course team of academics and researchers who specialise in the field of health and wellbeing. Your academic supervisor will play a key role in guiding learning and assessment, and in how your research is applied.

You learn through

  • coursework
  • research projects
  • dissertation

Course leaders and tutors

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Robert Appleyard
Senior Lecturer

Here at Sheffield Hallam I am a senior lecturer and I have been employed here since 1998 and teach physics, radiotherapy technology, imaging in radiotherapy, researc … Read more

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

Throughout the course, you'll interact and correspond with academics and specialists in your field.

Live projects

Your research will be applied throughout to real–world issues within the field of health and wellbeing.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • senior positions within health and wellbeing
  • research
  • doctoral study
  • leadership roles within health and wellbeing

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Entry requirements

All students

Academic qualifications
A degree (typically a 1st or 2:1 honours) in a subject related to Health and Wellbeing - e.g. Nursing, Radiotherapy and Oncology, Sport and Exercise Technology. Applicants with a 2:2 honours first degree will be considered on the basis of documented evidence of recent innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and/or publications. Such evidence must be clearly described in any application.

Other formally certified qualifications
Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted.

Level of English language capability
Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual element below 5.5.

Relevant work or work-related experience
In addition to the knowledge and skills acquired from previous academic qualifications, applicants will typically demonstrate evidence of involvement in service development/evaluation and/or research projects, innovative practice and a commitment to disseminating findings. They will be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of online distance learning, have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement in a DL programme and have sound IT skills.

Importantly students will identify their proposed research idea(s) and potential focus of their thesis at the application stage.

The programme is intellectually challenging and applicants should be prepared to actively contribute to discussion and debate; critically reflect upon own and others' research; explore and evaluate the evidence base underpinning their chosen research topic; make critically informed judgements about own and others' research findings, and identify areas for further development.

Use of Prior Credit (RPL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the programme in the following ways:
Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the programme.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) (previously known as accreditation for prior learning or APL)
Recognition of prior learning (previously known as accreditation for prior learning or APL) is a term used to make explicit the link between assessment used as the basis for recognising learning gained outside of a formal programme and that used for learning within a programme; the key features of sound practice are common to both forms. The term 'recognition' is used to describe accurately the process in relation to two widely recognised forms of prior learning: prior certificated learning and prior informal (or experiential) learning. The recognition of prior certificated learning involves the transfer of credit, or exemption from part of a programme, for learning that has previously been formally assessed. The essential characteristic of such learning is that the student has a certificate to evidence that the learning has been assessed. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) determines the status of that certification (including consideration of its volume and level) as it relates to this specific course.

Through RPL procedures, applicants to SHU, or students already enrolled on SHU courses, may be able to use credit gained from formal study and assessment elsewhere, or from within the University, to count towards this award or to transfer to a different University award. The recognition of prior informal learning involves an assessment process on the part of SHU academic staff that leads to recognition, normally through the award of credit. The essential feature of this process is that it is the learning (gained through experience) which is being assessed not the experience itself.

In both cases recognition takes place within SHU's assessment and regulatory framework, which is designed to ensure that assessment decisions are conducted transparently, fairly and consistently for all programmes or subjects. What is often required in practice is varied but can include completion of an application or proposal form, a portfolio of learning (if required), and in all cases, approval by the RPL panel. The QAA indicators of sound practice are fully adhered to, and SHU publishes comprehensive guidance on RPL which is available to read publicly on SHU space under 'Rules and Regulations'. Students can apply for exemption from specific modules if they can provide evidence of previous certificated learning.

The process will commence with confirmation of student place, claims under the RPL regulations will be considered by the course leader and other relevant colleagues. Students must provide evidence in the form of certification, the successful completion of the assessment activity, its academic level and credit rating. Outcomes of successful RPL claims will be ratified by the Board of Examiners and details recorded on individual student records.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundations Of Research Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Retrieving And Synthesising Evidence Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 90 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Quantitative Research Methods Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£730 for 15 credits or £1,460 for 30 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£730 for 15 credits or £1,460 for 30 credits).

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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