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Postgraduate study in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

Studying for an MPhil/PhD in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care offers an opportunity to develop advanced, high-level and transferable skills, in an environment recognised for the national and international excellence of its research. The Faculty has an established tradition of working in partnership with external organisations and for putting research into practice.

Our postgraduate students are working on many diverse national and international projects and are engaged in research across the health and social care field including motherhood, learning disability, sexuality, reproductive health, ageing, concepts of ‘home’, residential care, ‘different’ childhoods and experiences of disability during pregnancy. Students are encouraged to engage with methodological innovation which is a recognised strength in our faculty.

For more information about being a research student at the OU, click the Request Prospectus link on the right and select the Postgraduate Courses Prospectus. You can also contact Dr Lindsay O'Dell, Director of Postgraduate Study, at

Topics for the 'Grand Union' ESRC funded studentships scheme

See a list of indicative topics (Word doc) for the 'health and wellbeing' training pathway. Applicants can either create a project drawing on one (or more) of the topics detailed, or propose their own topic. Health and wellbeing research at the Open University is organised thematically into a number of overlapping areas across the life course: ageing and later life; children, young people and families; death and dying; living with disability and/or long term conditions; and sexual and reproductive health. Applications are invited in topics linked to one or more of these thematic areas, or one of the cross-cutting areas of research interest.  

Experiences of being a PhD student in the School

Current & recently graduated students speak about their experiences of being a student in the School (previously the Faculty of Health & Social Care).

Dr Lindsay O'Dell, Director of Postgraduate Study


Congratulations to our students on completion of their doctorates!

Dr Lindsay O’Dell and the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care would like to express their sincere congratulations to Godfred Boahen, Lucy Hadfield, Ester McGeeney, Kgauhelo Lekalakala and Catherine Willson on the completion of their doctorates. Well done to Godfred, Lucy, Ester, Kgauhelo, Catherine and the OU teams who supported them during their studies! The School would like to wish the students all the best for the future!

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