Health and social care

Impatient to start your career as a Health and Social Care professional?

Health and social care
You're caring, compassionate, and hungry for change in health and social care. You're keen to advocate for the vulnerable and excited to push for fairer, more equitable health and social care for all.

Studying a health or social care course with us could be your first step to a career where you change the lives of thousands of others for the better.  When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

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Why study here?
  • 95% of our School of Health and Social Care students are in employment or further study. (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
  • We're the first department in the University to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality
  • We have state-of-the art teaching facilities including mock wards at both campuses
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Get work experience at the same time as a degree

Learn alongside top practitioners on one of our degree apprenticeships in health and social care

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Interested in an apprenticeship in healthcare?

Find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities, and read hints and tips for making your application successful.

A career in health or social care is unbeatable in our book. Whether you’re looking to top up your qualifications to progress your current career, or whether you’re looking for a change of direction, we have something for you.

We offer a broad range of learning opportunities that can be adapted to suit your professional needs, including workshops, bespoke learning, credit-bearing modules and degree pathways.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

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Why study here?
  • We offer both on-site and off-site training to enable you to fit your study around your work and life.
  • Our adaptable, bespoke CPD courses have been created to suit your professional role.
  • Our staff are both academically and clinically qualified, and many are also practising clinicians researching in their own specialist fields.

Interested in the latest on fees and funding for some postgraduate healthcare courses?

Make sure you are up to date with what financial support could be available to you by checking out our Health and Social Care funding information.

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Continuing professional development

Our learning opportunities are flexible and can be tailored to meet your professional development needs. Take a look through our portfolio of courses below to find out what we have to offer.

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Our multidisciplinary research addresses local, national, and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice.

A research degree from Essex enables you to develop applied research skills and advance practice in your field. Our supportive team has international experience and they work collaboratively with service users and external organisations, giving you access to cutting-edge teaching and research.

Our research is organised into four research groups: Public health and social policy, Assessment and management of neuro-developmental and acquired disorders, Physical and mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan, and Pedagogy research for health and social care.  Explore each group to find out more about our current projects and doctoral research, as well as a list of our academic staff, research staff and postgraduate students associated with each group.

Find out more about our portfolio of courses, as well as hints and tips on making your application.

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Why study here?
  • Our research is consistently ranked highly for its quality.
  • Financial scholarships are available and include internship opportunities.
  • Be part of a vibrant research community where challenging convention, striving for social justice and contributing towards a fairer, healthier future for all are the norm.

Do you know about our scholarships and studentships?

Find out more about our university wide funding, and opportunities specifically for Health and Social Care students.

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Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.