Health Studies

School of Medicine and Dentistry - University of Aberdeen
In Aberdeen (Scotland)

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberdeen (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

The Health Studies degree is designed to make our graduates highly employable in areas such as health promotion, health and health care research, and health services management.
Suitable for: People with an interest in health and health care, and students with qualifications other than those traditionally acquired on leaving school; these include most mature students.


Where and when

Starts Location
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3rd Floor Polwarth Building, Foresterhill Medical Campus, AB25 2ZD, Aberdeen City, Scotland
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Starts On request
3rd Floor Polwarth Building, Foresterhill Medical Campus, AB25 2ZD, Aberdeen City, Scotland
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Course programme

Programme Structure & Content

First & Second Year

First and second year students study core courses in Health Studies, Management, Psychology, Sociology and Elementary Statistics. They take other courses (to gain a total of 240 Scotcat credits by the end of second year) from a wide range of health, and social science subjects.

Third Year

Third year courses are taught at the Medical School, and, as part of its deliberately wide-ranging (broad) structure, introduce students to health related disciplines. Disciplines include social influences on health and illness, health promotion, research methods, epidemiology, and medical statistics.

During third year students are attached to a health or social care agency in the community to gain personal experience of community health issues and an understanding of the roles of health-related community agents.

Fourth Year (Honours)

Students will study Health Services Research, and Health Economics in the first semester. In the second semester they will design, conduct and analyse a small-scale project on a health-related topic and write a dissertation on this work.

Teaching & Assessment

The degree is challenging and stimulating since it includes both social and medical sciences. The typical workload in first and second year is four hours class time a day. In third year the contact hours are less and more time is allocated for self-study, and all sessions start at 9.30 to assist mature students with school-aged children.

Additional information

Career opportunities: There is a growing demand for people with a Health Studies qualification. Students who have studied the companion BSc Health Sciences degree have experienced little difficulty finding a job that matches their interests. Recent graduates have gone on to a range of different careers in health research, voluntary organisations in the health service, marketing, health promotion and work within health boards.

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