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Course summary

If your undergraduate degree has left you with a passion for independent research, and an interest in a particular topic in one of the following four areas of Human Sciences: Sport, Physical Activity & Health; Psychology; Counselling and Psychotherapy; Health & Social Care. This degree will allow you to advance both your subject knowledge and your research skills. Based around an individually devised and researched dissertation on the subject of your interest, it is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the Human Sciences and will give you the opportunity to research into a subject that you want to explore, including preparing your research for publication. This course is delivered through a blended learning approach. This includes weekly lectures and material provided via our online Virtual Learning Environment (moodle) supplemented by four half-day input sessions per module. N.B. All applicants should contact a tutor to discuss potential research interests before they apply for this course. Why study this course?

  • Gain advanced knowledge, skills and experience of conducting independent research
  • Dissertation written ready to submit for publication.
  • Blended learning approach allows flexible learning
  • Excellent preparation for PhD
  • Offered both as full and part time study
  • Loans available to cover fees and / or living costs


Please refer to the Newman University website for details.

Assessment method

Please refer to the Newman University website for details.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

Entry requirements

Applicants require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1. Applicants with a good 2:2 combined with exceptional research or additional experience may be considered. Applicants may additionally be required to attend interview or to submit a piece of written work as part of the application process. International Students: Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6000 Whole course
Scotland £6000 Whole course
Wales £6000 Whole course

Additional fee information

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
Human Sciences at Newman University, Birmingham - UCAS