New MRes in Wellbeing launching at the University of Sussex

The MRes in Wellbeing has been designed for those interested in developing their research skills and knowledge in the field of wellbeing. It is taught by a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. The programme of study also includes the opportunity to carry out fieldwork as part of the dissertation. The course will give you a strong grounding in theory and methodology, drawing on disciplines such as social work, psychology, economics, anthropology, medicine and sociology. You will have a unique opportunity to learn from leading scholars working in a range of innovative and interdisciplinary projects on wellbeing, and to apply knowledge gained through the course to projects that are shaping policy and practice. The development of the MRes course reflects particular expertise within the Department of Social Work and Social Care’s interdisciplinary Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing.

The MRes will give you the skills to work in a range of health and social care organisations with a wellbeing agenda at their core, ie. local authorities, NGOs and health services, leadership roles in service-based centres in government agencies, national and international NGOs and research institutions. If you already work within these fields, the MRes provides a valuable opportunity for professional development.

Indicative course modules include: Theories of Wellbeing; Policy and Practice in Wellbeing; Researching Wellbeing: Skills, Methods and Design; Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives on Wellbeing Research. You can also choose from a number of optional modules.

Entry requirements: A first- or upper- second class undergraduate honours degree in a social science is normally required. Exceptionally, other academic backgrounds will be considered, as well as applicants who have significant experience in wellbeing-related programmes. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For further information please consult online prospectus entry (