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Health Studies BA (Hons)

The Health Studies BA (Hons) degree is a well-established and dynamic social science course. It provides an opportunity for students to understand and analyse contemporary developments in health and social care.



The title and award of this degree will be amended for September 2017 to Health, Wellbeing and Society BSc (Hons) to ensure it better reflects the nature of the degree award. Our courses are regularly reviewed to ensure your learning is delivered to the highest quality and remains relevant to current industry practice; enhancing graduate career opportunities and lifelong learning.

An academically and work-focused approach to understanding contemporary health and social care, students investigate health as a human experience mediated by individual, social, economic, political and institutional factors. Alongside the exploration of a range of health related issues students are also able to develop essential employability skills.

Reasons to study Health Studies at DMU:

  • Study a range of multidisciplinary modules, enabling you to broaden your knowledge
  • Benefit from teaching underpinned by cutting-edge research
  • Supportive learning environment
  • 95 per cent of students felt their communication skills had improved and thought staff were good at explaining things
  • International study opportunities enable you to broaden your understanding through our ground-breaking #DMUglobal initiative

98 per cent of all Health and Life Sciences graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2013/14)


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B991

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £9,000

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B991

Duration:  Three years full-time 

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £11,750 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English.

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 260 points from at least two A levels with a subject at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

Further information about BTEC equivalencies

International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

Access course (started before September 2014)

Pass. English GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits required.

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)

Pass Access qualification. The GCSE requirement is still under review. An update of our entry requirements will be given on our website and on UCAS as soon as it is available.


Interview: No

Work experience: No 

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • Work and life experience

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First Year

  • Psychological Theory in Health and Illness  
  • Introduction of the Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Health and Welfare
  • Health Improvement and Lifestyle
  • Introduction to Social Research

Second Year

  • Applied Social Research
  • Health and Disease in Communities 
  • Psychological Aspects of Health 
  • Social Aspects of Health
  • Debates and Dilemmas in Health and Health Care 

Third Year

Compulsory Module

  • Health Studies Dissertation (30 credits) 

Optional Modules

  • Health and Social Care Management (30 credits) 
  • Social Exclusion and Health (30 credits) 
  • Health Promotion and Public Health (30 credits) 
  • International Perspectives 1: Globalisation and Health (15 credits) 
  • Gender, Health and Health Care (15 credits) 

You will be taught at Leicester College and enjoy a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Guided Reading
  • E-Learning

Assessment methods are covered through:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reflective logs

Each module is taught for two to three hours a day over 11 weeks in the school term.

You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

Students of Children, Families and Community Health benefit from being taught by lecturers from Leicester College, who use their expertise to draw upon your personal experiences at work and in the home and relate them to relevant theories and concepts. 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU offers students the chance to get involved and volunteer with the multi award-winning DMU Square Mile scheme. #DMUglobal offers the opportunity for students to have an international experience. 

These schemes have much to offer Health Studies students; not only in helping students develop various skills that will enhance their employability but also fostering a greater understanding of contemporary health issues by applying theory to practice.

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Graduate Careers

A diverse and expanding range of careers are developing in health and social care (including the voluntary and private sector). Our graduates benefit from increased employability due to the breadth of disciplines they cover:

  • Health promotion/education
  • Public health
  • Community development
  • Management and administration
  • Policy/research
  • Medical journalism

The course is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, academic or vocational. Graduates can progress to our Masters by Research MA/MSc.

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We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience. We are happy to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have. 

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