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Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons)

The Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons) degree is an interprofessional and dynamic social science course. It provides an opportunity for students to understand and analyse contemporary developments in health and social care.



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

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 and Wellbeing in Society at DMU:

  • 97.6% of our Health and Life Sciences graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]

  • Study a range of multidisciplinary modules
    enabling you to broaden your knowledge

  • Benefit from teaching underpinned by cutting-edge research
    including research by DMU academic Kylie Baldwin into the motivations for women who freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons

  • Supportive learning environment
    with all students benefiting from the support of a personal tutor throughout their studies

  • International study opportunities through our #DMUglobal initiative
    with past students having witnessed poverty amidst plenty in Florida, USA

  • Teaching designed to give you the skills sought by graduate employers
    helping students to secure graduate jobs in the healthcare sector

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017



"The course opened my eyes to different jobs, you only hear about doctors and nurses, and the health promotion side appealed to me."

Student Alice Mcleavy, after securing a graduate job with Get Healthy Leicester

Everything! That's the highlight of DMU for Health Studies student Aisha. Read about her experience.


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

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: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

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Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal 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.

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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: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,250 

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

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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 Access to HE with at least 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

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.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

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

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12m in our Health and Life Sciences faculty has developed our first-class 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.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.


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 and Wellbeing in Society 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

Due to the diversity of the course content, a broad range of career options are available. Our graduates can go on to NHS graduate schemes or fulfilling careers in the NHS (subject to visa conditions), private healthcare sectors and related fields, nationally and internationally.

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

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 offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


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