About This Course
Health and Society
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2021
€6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2021
Applicants should hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in either the disciplines of Philosophy, Public Health, 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
13 September 2021
Health and wellbeing are critical issues in society. The M.A. in Health and Society is a new and innovative programme which addresses health and its determinants from a rich interdisciplinary perspective. It is aimed at graduates from a broad range of disciplines in the sciences and humanities and is designed to provide a unique and critical analysis of contemporary discourses and issues from an individual, societal and global perspective.
This course is about health, and not exclusively healthcare. Health is both a medical and a social issue. Students taking this course will explore health from a variety of different angles. The unique nature of this course is its interdisciplinary approach, as it brings together experts on issues of health from a vast range of disciplines and colleges, including medicine, epidemiology, philosophy, ethics, sociology, social policy and law. The M.A. in Health and Society is aimed at graduating students in Philosophy, Epidemiology and Public Health, Sociology, Geography and related disciplines and at graduates with continuing education needs, for example managerial staff working in the Health sector.
The M.A. in Health and Society aims to support the development of a set of advanced skills necessary in the practice and management of health and healthcare: practice skills, research skills, critical appraisal skills and clinical reasoning skills.
Students will take three core modules on the following topics: Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 Credits); Critical Public Health (10 Credits); Philosophy and Health (10 credits). They will then choose from a range of modules offered by different disciplines, including law, sociology, social policy, applied psychology, epidemiology and public health, and philosophy. Finally, students will be asked to submit a minor dissertation, of approximately 10,000 words.
By the end of the course, students will be expected to demonstrate in-depth expertise in relation to philosophical, epidemiological sociological and psychological factors which contribute to health and well-being. This MA will open new career options in the health sector, as well as research opportunities in the humanities and social sciences.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
Core modules (60 credits)
- EH6025 Principles and Practice of Public Health (10 Credits)
- PH6047 Philosophy and Health (10 credits)
- SS6019 Critical Public Health (10 credits)
Students select one of the following research modules:
- PH6050 Dissertation in Philosophy (30 credits)
- PH6059 Work-Based Dissertation in Philosophy and Health (30 credits)
- EH6040 Dissertation in Public Health and Epidemiology (30 credits)
Students select 30 credits from the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules (max. 10 credits for undergraduate modules are allowed):
- 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 1 (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)
Student may select a maximum of 10 credits from the following undergraduate modules
- AP3115 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)
Holders of the BSc in Public Health or the BSc in Public Health and Public Promotion will be exempt from EH6025 principles and Practice of Public Health if he/she undertakes the MA in Health and Society within five years from the date of successful completion of either of the above mentioned degrees. Learning outcomes for EH6025 have been covered in the following BSc modules; currently EH1005, EH2005, EH4007, EH4005, SS4000 and GV4000.
Postgraduate Certificate in Health and 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 and Society.
Postgraduate Diploma in Health and 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 and Society.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
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.
There will 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 ofapproximately 10,000 words.
Who teaches this course?
- Dr. Bengt Autzen
- Dr. Kian Mintz-Woo
- Professor John P. Browne
- Professor Ivan Perry
- Dr. Orla O’Donovan
Why Choose This Course
This is an interdisciplinary course that overcomes the boundaries between disciplines in medicine, social sciences and humanities. While health is the focus, students will learn how to approach this complex issue from a variety of methodologies: medical, sociological, philosophical, psychological and legal.
Skills and Careers Information
Students will acquire a variety of analytical skills, which will allow them to analyze health from many different perspectives. This MA will enhance opportunities to work in the health sector, at all levels. Careers in the private sector, especially pharmaceutical companies, will also be a possibility for graduates of this programme.
Applicants should hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in either the disciplines of Philosophy, Public Health, 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 level 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 €16,080.
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:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
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 Education - 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 2 referees.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 JuneApply Now