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Social Science and Health PhD

University of Glasgow

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

OVERVIEW

Social science and health is located in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and includes:

  • MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, based in our College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • A group of ‘social science and health’ researchers, based in our College of Social Sciences.

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

The overarching aim of this Unit is to improve human health and wellbeing via the study of social, behavioural, economic, cultural and environmental influences on health. It comprises a large group of social science-led researchers, focusing on social determinants of health, health inequalities and health improvement. Its more specific objectives include:

  • studying the multiple interacting processes through which biological, social, behavioural, economic, cultural and environmental factors influence physical and mental health and health behaviours over the lifecourse
  • discovering mechanisms which can modify these processes and have the potential to improve public health in a complex and changing world
  • developing and evaluating interventions which harness these mechanisms to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health
  • influencing policy and practice by communicating the results and implications of research to a range of audiences

The Unit’s work is organised as six programmes:

  • Complexity in health
  • Inequalities in health
  • Relationships and health
  • Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations
  • Places and health
  • Informing Healthy Public Policy

Social Science and Health researchers working in the College of Social Sciences

Our overarching aim is to provide a stimulating, participative, environment for research to inform policies and practices that will promote social justice, improve population health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities in these. Webring a particular commitment to: the application of social science theory and method to world class research; the promotion of social justice; a reduction in inequalities; and working with government, local authorities and third sector organisations and wider civic society to deliver change, particularly for disabled people, people of low social economic status (SES) and those who are otherwise disadvantaged.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Glasgow

  • University League Table

    16th

  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 105 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    190 98%

    3rd

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%

    29th

    13
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    57th

    26

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