MSc Health Studies (Family Health)

UCAS codes

Course contact

Clair Graham
+44 (0)1698 283100 ext 8657 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (part-time) 3–5 years 


  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
Healthcare delivery is changing rapidly to meet the needs of the client, family and communities, with an emphasis on integration within the health and social care services. This online MSc course in Health Studies (Family Health) focuses on the complexities of working with families in the community and the promotion of case management skills required to achieve excellence in care.
Applicants should normally possess a relevant health-related degree or equivalent.

Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will also be considered.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Applicants must have the English language and literacy skills as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines* (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules. Skills and experience in information communication technology is also desirable.

The course recognises the increasing development of community healthcare delivery and addresses a gap in the educational needs of practitioners currently working within the diverse areas of health and social care. 

Building on family health practice across Europe, the course takes a proactive approach to the development of a highly effective community workforce, examining real opportunities to meet the challenges of contemporary global healthcare within practice. It also examines the global health challenges of an increasingly ageing population and the complexity that multi-morbidity of non-communicable disease presents, as well as exploring the significant health challenges of smoking, alcohol, widespread obesity and the associated impact on health resources. 

You will have the opportunity to examine global, national and local variations within both health and policy, whilst appreciating the complexities of healthcare systems and the impact of the global economic climate on both provision and sustainability of healthcare. It presents a real opportunity for you to explore current and alternative ways of working within family health, whilst building on existing knowledge and expertise through the development of strategic critical thinking.

Your Learning

Core, option and independent study modules reflect contemporary healthcare issues relevant to health and social care professionals. 

The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits; two core and one option module. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits; two core and one option module. For the MSc you will also complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module (60 credits). To gain the award of MSc Health Studies (Family Health) students must complete 180 credits. 

Postgraduate Certificate core modules include: 

  • Responding to Public Health Challenges 
  • Working with Families 

Postgraduate Diploma core modules include: 

  • Case Management within Family Health 
  • Research for Health and Social Care 

Option modules include: 


  • Health Economics 
  • Delivering Compassionate Care 
  • Independent Study in Health and Social Care 
  • Advanced Work-based Learning 
  • Leadership for Effectiveness 
  • The Business of Healthcare 
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare 
  • Clinical Teaching 
  • Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health 
  • Social Marketing 
  • Supporting Normality in Childbirth 


MSc Research and Enquiry dissertation – normally one year to complete.

This qualification offers a variety of career opportunities and destinations. Upon graduation you could seek employment in a range of health-related work areas such as: community health and social care; health improvement; public health; nursing and midwifery; and practice development and management within healthcare and the third sector.

“Being a UWS student while working in Italy is a great opportunity for me to grow personally and professionally. The course fits my learning needs, stimulating and increasing my motivation.”


Paola Obbia,, Nurse Family Planning Service, Turin, Italy


"I decided to continue my education with the Family Health programme at UWS as it was a natural progression after completing my BSc. I have had such a positive experience returning to adult learning at UWS and am keen to continue.

I have just completed the PG Cert level of the Family Health programme which has been challenging. However, I have gained a much wider knowledge base within family health, addressing topics that I had very little prior knowledge of, which has given me a new confidence in my professional ability.  Undertaking this programme has given me the confidence to progress within my organisation in the oncoming years towards a supervisory role."


Julie M Innes, Clinical Advisor, West Central EMDC. Scottish Ambulance Service


"The decision to study the Family Health Programme at UWS was made mainly due to the fact that my career goal is to improve and better serve my patients and community in the most relevant and professional way possible. Being on a new programme within a prestigious university is the opportunity of a lifetime.

After completing my BSc in Health Studies at UWS, my achievement was applauded by my current employer. I was selected to lead a few educational courses and was elected president of the Canadian Vascular Access Association - Bermuda Chapter. My aim now is in the next three years to have graduated with the MSc in Health Studies (Family Health) and work within Case Management or a Quality and Risk Management Team."


Quincy Williams, Medical Staff Nurse, Bermuda

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