About This Course
Health & Society
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
€6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 part-time)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Applicants must hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in either the disciplines of Philosophy, Public Health, Economics, Sociology, Social Science, Geography, Government, Politics, Law, Medicine, Nursing and other health professional programmes. See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.
Non-EU Closing Date
12 September 2022
Health and wellbeing are critical issues in society and at UCC we have addressed this with our MA in Health & Society. This is an innovative joint programme, led by the Department of Philosophy, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Economics, which examines health and its social and policy determinants from a rich interdisciplinary perspective.
Our MA programme is aimed at graduates from a broad range of disciplines in the medical sciences, economics, and humanities and is designed to provide a unique and critical analysis of contemporary discourses on health from an individual, societal and global perspective. This course is about health, but not exclusively healthcare, as health is both a medical and a social issue. We ask you to explore health from a variety of different angles and to this end bring together health experts from a vast range of disciplines and colleges, including medicine, epidemiology, philosophy, economics, sociology, social policy, and law.
The programme aims to prepare graduates for a range of careers in health policy and advocacy, in government, media, NGOs, and teaching. Our ambition is to work with you and provide a new generation of national and international health policymakers who understand how to integrate foundational knowledge of epidemiology, economics, ethics, and scientific methods.
The MA in Health and Society is a full-time programme running for 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. The part-time option is taught during weekday working hours over 2 years. In total you choose 90 credits comprising core modules and modules from your chosen pathway: Philosophy, Public Health or Economics:
- EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 credits)
- PH6047 Philosophy and Health (10 credits)
- EC6049 Healthcare Economics (10 credits)
Mandatory Pathway Modules (10 credits)
- Students with a background in philosophy: PH6053 Professional Ethics: Advanced (10 credits) or PH6054 Measuring Society: Growth, Poverty, Inequality, and Human Capital (10 credits) or PH6057 Philosophy and the Biological Health Sciences (10 credits)
- Students with no background in philosophy: PH2002 Reasoning and Argument (5 credits) and PH2019 Philosophy of Science (5 credits) or PH2028 Applied Ethics (5 credits)
Public Health Pathway
- EH6026 Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits)
- Students with a background in econometrics: EC2100 Microeconomics: Behaviour and Organisations (5 credits) and EC6062 Applied Econometrics (5 credits)
- Students with no background in econometrics: EC2100 Microeconomics: Behaviour and Organisations (5 credits) and EC3143 Quantitative Methods for Economic Investigation: Empirical Econometrics (5 credits)
Elective Modules: Select 20 credits from the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules (max. 10 credits for undergraduate modules are allowed, including the mandatory pathway modules).
- AP6129 Health Psychology (5 credits)
- EH6026 Applied Research for Public Health (10 credits)
- LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
- LW6549 International Children's Rights (10 credits)
- LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
- PH6012 Human Rights I (10 credits)
- PH6048 The Philosophy of Death and Dying (10 credits)
- PH6052 Advanced Moral Psychology (10 credits)
- PH6053 Professional Ethics: Advanced (10 credits)
- PH6054 Measuring Society: Growth, Poverty, Inequality, and Human Capital (10 credits)
- PH6057 Philosophy and the Biological Health Sciences (10 credits)
- SS6019 Critical Public Health (10 credits)
- EC6073 Economic Decision Making in Healthcare (5 credits)
- EC6619 Scenario Planning for Strategic Decision Making (5 credits)
- AP3126 Health Psychology: Models and Applications (5 credits)
- EH4005 Health Services (5 credits)
- PH2002 Reasoning and Argument (5 credits)
- PH2019 Philosophy of Science (5 credits)
- PH2028 Applied Ethics (5 credits)
- PH3046 Philosophy of Biology (5 credits)
- PH3047 Evidence (5 credits)
- SC1011 Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion (5 credits)
- SC3025 Health and Scientific Deviance (5 credits)
- SS3016 Social Perspectives in Mental Health (5 credits)
- SS3024 Social Movements and Health (5 credits)
- SS4000 Science, Technology and Public Controversy (5 credits)
- EC3157 Public Finance Projects (5 credits)
- EC2018 Economics Journey Through Life Decisions (5 credits)
Dissertation Modules (30 credits)
- Philosophy Pathway: PH6050 Dissertation in Philosophy and Health (30 credits) or PH6059 Work-Based Dissertation in Philosophy and Health (30 credits)
- Public Health Pathway: EH6040 Dissertation in Public Health and Epidemiology (30 credits)
- Economics Pathway: EC6074 Dissertation in Economics and Health (30 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Please consult the UCC University Calendar (MA Health & Society) for further programme details.
Postgraduate Certificate in Health & Society (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 30 credits (but less than 60 credits) may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health & Society.
Postgraduate Diploma in Health & Society (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of 60 credits may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health & Society.
There are be approximately 9 hours of lectures/seminars per week. Students will be expected to conduct on average 20 hours of reading per week, on top of the time spent in class.
Each module will be assessed by continuous assessment, end-of-semester examination, or a combination of both. The continuous assessment element will take the form of essays and assignments including class presentations. There will also be a final year dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.
We encourage innovative teaching and learning practices at UCC. This learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research, and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines such as medicine, epidemiology, philosophy, economics, sociology, social policy, and law.
Our staff are drawn from across the University and include academics from Health and Medicine, Arts, Social Sciences, Applied Social Studies, Philosophy, and beyond. Our current team includes:
Why Choose This Course
This is an interdisciplinary course that overcomes the boundaries between disciplines in medicine, economics, and humanities. While health is the focus, students will learn how to approach this complex issue from a variety of methodologies: medical, economic, philosophical, sociological, psychological, and legal.
Skills and Careers Information
Students will acquire a variety of analytical skills, which will allow them to analyse health from many different perspectives. By the end of the course, students will be expected to demonstrate in-depth expertise in relation to epidemiological, economic, and philosophical factors which contribute to health and well-being.
Our MA will enhance opportunities for you to work in the health sector, at all levels. The MA in Health & Society will potentially educate future decision-makers in health policy, managerial staff working in the health sector, journalists who report on health policies, advocates for people and populations with special health vulnerabilities, and others. Careers in the private sector, especially pharmaceutical companies, is another route that our graduates can take. This MA will also open research opportunities in public health, health economics, and the medical humanities. Read more about your PhD options here.
Applicants must hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in either the disciplines of Philosophy, Public Health, Economics, Sociology, Social Science, Geography, Government, Politics, Law, Medicine, Nursing and other health professional programmes.
Candidates who hold less than a Second Class Honours Grade I may also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), following a review of their individual qualifications and experience and based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the Department selection committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 part-time).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,400.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning, and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please enter the names and email addresses of two referees.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 JuneApply Now