About this course
The MRes in Health and Wellbeing is an excellent introduction to research methods and provides a firm foundation if you wish to pursue doctoral study.
- Brings together experts from across the Faculty of Health
- Combines a critical approach with a research focus
- Can lead to doctoral study in chosen area
- You will be taught and supported by credible researchers to ensure that you have a bespoke experience
- Available full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years)
This MRes in Health and Wellbeing provides the knowledge and skills required to put you on the right path to become an independent researcher.
This programme provides a range of modules which will prepare you to develop research questions and answer them using the most appropriate methods, whilst also providing you with the experience to feel confident to undertake research in the future, whether that be for a PhD or in a relevant role.
The MRes team is based at LJMU's City Campus, home to the School of Nursing and Allied Health, Public Health Institute and School of Psychology. The Avril Robarts Library has been recently refurbished and offers dedicated postgraduate study spaces.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
In an increasingly competitive world, gaining a postgraduate qualification like an MRes will make your CV stand out when applying for jobs or further study at doctoral level.
The programme has been designed to be relevant to all research students, focusing on the application of the generic principles of research, with the support of experienced academic staff who will supervise your studies.
Taught modules run alongside the dissertation, providing support for you to simultaneously learn and apply the skills required to undertake a meaningful piece of research.
Foundations of Research
This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. You will be exposed to a variety of activities designed to engage with skills in applied research, based on theoretical concepts. The module is firmly based on a thorough philosophical understanding of the nature of research and its implications in health and wellbeing. It aims to:
- provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of health and social research
- provide a sound foundation in research design and methodology
- prepare you to carry out empirical and literature based research
Research Ethics and Governance
This module aims to develop your critical understanding of the principles and processes of research ethics and governance.
Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis
During this module, you will learn how to adopt a systematic approach to searching and utilising literature to explore approaches to evidence synthesis. These are key skills required for critical appraisal of literature or evidence.
Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
Throughout the module, you will examine the purpose, design and conduct of qualitative research studies.
You will also explore the ethical issues of conducting research on individuals and groups and develop the skills required to critically appraise published qualitative studies.
Fundamentals of Quantitative Research
This module will provide you with a practical understanding of the quantitative research methods used in health-related research.
The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore in-depth an area of personal or professional interest that relates to your programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learnt in the earlier modules to your research project.
An insight into teaching on your course
The MRes forms part of a wider framework of Masters-level studies. Timetables will vary to some extent, depending on individual module options.
You will learn through a mix of:
- Discussion groups
- Online workshops
The research project will be undertaken in a relevant setting, depending on your interests. This may include the NHS, social care, schools, or sports facilities.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.
You will be assessed through essays, reports, presentations and your research proposal and dissertation.
Dr Robyn Lotto
Dr Robyn Lotto
Robyn has worked in healthcare for over 20 years; in a clinical capacity, as a nurse, specialising in cardiothoracic nursing, and subsequently in the research setting. She has a Masters in Health Sciences from Newcastle University, where she undertook a quantitative study examining variations in clinical practice within the Primary Care setting. Following a period working at the University of Leicester’s Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, she was awarded a joint grant by SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies) research groups to undertake a PhD exploring reasons for the observed variations in neonatal and infant mortality between socioeconomic groups. She was awarded a Florence Nightingale Fellowship in 2016/2017 to support her work into risk perception in congenital cardiac surgery. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Inspire Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.
The MRes in Health and Wellbeing provides an exciting opportunity for you to gain experience in undertaking an independent research project within a supportive environment. It's also a great foundation if you're thinking about progressing on to PhD study.
You will need:
- an honours degree at 2:1 or above
- equivalent professional qualifications and experience
- Prior to entry, a personal statement and references will be required
- Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 7 must be achieved. A minimum score of 7.0 is required within all components
students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time.
- We also welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate knowledge, experience, and skills developed in the workplace or other setting relevant to the programme of research. If you do not hold the standard academic entry requirements, please use your personal statement to provide further details. Non-standard applications will be considered by the Admissions Tutor(s) on a case-by-case basis.
For further information, or an informal discussion about the programme, please contact Dr Robyn Lotto.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
Applications will be reviewed by the programme team and will be assessed alongside your CV and references.
This programme is ideal for students wishing to undertake further academic studies (such as a PhD).
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.