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Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons)

This dynamic social science course enables students to understand and analyse contemporary developments in health and social care.


Watch: Karisha George, Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing in Society, speak about this interdisciplinary and dynamic social science course.

Previously Health Studies BA (Hons), this course has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the sector. 

This degree course is an interprofessional and dynamic science course, providing an opportunity for students to understand and analyse contemporary developments in health and social care.

We’ve structured the course to enable students to tailor their learning to fit specific career interests, build their confidence and acquire specialist skills sought by employers.

You’ll study personal and academic development, the psychological and sociological theory of health and illness, health and welfare, health improvement and lifestyle, social research methods, health and disease in communities, and health promotion and public health. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from elective modules in year three including ageing and health, mental health and wellbeing, and social exclusion and health. In addition, your final year will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have learned by producing a health intervention report, where you will make recommendations on how to improve access to healthcare for all.

Key features 


  • Our course content and teaching are designed to help you secure jobs in the healthcare sector by developing skills sought by graduate employers. 
  • You can tailor your learning to your career interests, helping you develop specialist knowledge along with the transferable skills needed for a diverse range of career opportunities.
  • Join a supportive learning environment where all students benefit from the guidance of a personal tutor throughout their studies.
  • You will study a range of topics including psychological and social aspects of health and illness, debates and dilemmas in health and social care and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Gain experience within the Health and Wellbeing in Professional Contexts module, where you can take advantage of placement opportunities in a variety of health and social care settings.
  • Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global programme, which has previously involved our students exploring poverty in Florida, supporting refugees in Berlin and considering diversity and inequality in New York.
  • Graduates go on to careers in social work, and health promotion with charitable organisations or local councils as well as progressing onto further study. The course is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, including the Masters by Research MA/MSc at DMU.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B991

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

Start date: September 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

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

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.


Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B991

Duration: Three years full-time 

Start date: September 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for EU and international students: £14,250

Read about our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship.

Find out more about available funding for international students.


Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

One of the following should be achieved:

A levels

  • A minimum of 104 points from at least two A levels


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

Further information about BTEC equivalencies

International Baccalaureate

  • 24+ points

Access course

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE overall 104 UCAS tariff with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

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 2021 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First Year

  • Personal and Academic Development
  • Psychological and Sociological Theory of Health and Illness
  • Health and Welfare
  • Health Improvement and Lifestyle
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods

Second Year

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

Third Year

Core Modules

  • Health and Wellbeing in Society Dissertation 
  • Health Promotion and Public Health 

Elective Modules

  • Social Exclusion and Health  
  • Gender, Health and Social Care  
  • Ageing and Health 
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and Social Care Management

A variety of teaching and learning methods are adopted, including:

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

Assessment methods are covered through:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reflective logs
  • Discussion Papers
  • Posters/leaflets

Typically you will be in lectures between 9 and 14 hours each week. These will be timetabled between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

Course academics have a wealth of experience in a range of health and social science disciplines, ensuring you develop transferable skills and specialist knowledge for a diverse range of career opportunities.

You will be taught by expert academics engaged in research in the fields of health and healthcare, as well as new and emerging fields which they bring to the classroom to provide an exciting, diverse and research rich curriculum.

Facilities and features

Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Meanwhile, the ten-storey Edith Murphy building provides a dedicated learning space, featuring classrooms, a lecture theatre, computer labs and meeting rooms.


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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CCJ Placements


As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete an optional placement which offers invaluable professional experience. Placements are typically provided by the NHS, educational establishments, social care settings and private providers across the East Midlands.

Our careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

This helps students develop various skills that enhance their employability and foster a greater understanding of contemporary health issues by applying theory to practice.  


DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have recently undertaken #DMUglobal trips to places such as Florida, where they found out about the inequalities in health and social care services in the area.

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Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas including health promotion and education, public health, community development, and research. The course is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, including our Health and Community Development Studies MA.

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How to apply

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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