BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies

UCAS codes

Course contact

Elaine Stevens
+44 (0)141 849 4299 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

BSc - 2 years (part-time)



Start date(s)

  • September, February, May/June

University of the West of Scotland's BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies course reflects current health and social care delivery where the needs of individuals are increasingly being met by a broad range of professionals working in partnership to deliver a seamless service to patients and service users. It is already available and is a well-established course on a part-time basis. However, from April 2016 it will be available on a full-time basis at our London Campus and from September 2016 it will be available on a full-time basis at our Paisley Campus.

This course is designed to help you develop your professional abilities – integrating studies you have already undertaken and professional experience previously gained – with new areas of study relevant to your profession.


SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Relevant discipline in Health and/ or Social Care

Entry to Year 4 may be possible for those holding a Bachelors degree in health and social care. Contact for more info.

The programme aims to help you develop greater critical awareness of the factors that need to be addressed in the workplace to improve the health of your clients/patients/residents. There will be a focus on evidence-based practice and the programme/modules are aimed at encouraging you to develop a proactive attitude to addressing health-related issues.

To enable you to build on the training and professional experience you have gained as a health professional, credit is recognised for prior education or learning. The amount of credit that can be claimed depends on your individual learning background.

The length of time it takes to complete the programme will also vary, depending on your professional and academic qualifications held on entry (prior credit) and on the number of subjects studied.

Modules in the programme are grouped under three clear themes:

Theme 1: Research Skill Development
Theme 2: Professional Development
Theme 3: Contemporary Healthcare Issues

You are encouraged to undertake a minimum of one module from each of the themes. That is, a research focused module, a professional development module and a healthcare module. By participating in at least one module from each grouping, you will gain a more holistic view of the graduate skills and other transferable skills that programme participation will encourage.


BSc Professional Health Studies award

For the BSc Professional Health Studies award, a minimum of 3 BSc Health Studies modules (60 points at SCQF Level 9), including the core Critical Research Appraisal module, must be successfully completed, within a five-year period, while registered on the programme with the University. 

Although credit may be transferred (subject to an individual student’s status) for programmes and modules successfully completed within/outwith the University, students should be registered on modules from the BSc Professional Health Studies during the final year of their programme.

BSc (Honours) Professional Health Studies award

For the generic BSc (Honours) award, students must successfully complete 100 points at SCQF Level 10 and 20 points at SCQF Level 9 (or 120 points at SCQF Level 10), including the 40 point core ‘Honours Dissertation’ module.

For Honours minor titles, there are a varied number of core and option modules, depending on the pathway.

Standalone modules

If you’re unsure about committing to a programme – but still want to develop your skills in a particular area, or want to study for personal interest/professional development – undertaking one of our modules on a stand-alone basis could be for you.

Modules can be studied during the day, in the evening, or on an online learning basis, and are available at SCQF Level 9 (SD Level 3) and Level 10 (SD Level 4). To access the majority of modules a nursing/allied health/health-related/social care qualification is required.

Each successfully completed module carries ‘credit’ and you can build your credits to achieve a degree level qualification, if you choose to work towards a University award.

This course aims to enhance your professional career, helping you develop greater critical awareness of the factors that need to be addressed in the workplace to improve the health of your clients/patients/residents. It is aimed at encouraging you to develop a proactive attitude to addressing health-related issues.

Throughout the programme you will be expected to: engage with a process of lifelong learning; improve your enquiry skills; and appreciate the value of degree level education to you and to wider society. Ultimately, this will assist you to acquire the skills necessary for autonomous practice and team working.

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