Health Studies (Family Health)
Duration & study mode
Health, Nursing & Midwifery
Course starting dates
Fully online: January, September
Healthcare is changing rapidly to meet the needs of the client, family and communities, placing an emphasis on integration within the health and social care services.
Our 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.
While on our course you will have the opportunity 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.
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.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
You should normally possess a relevant health-related degree or equivalent.
Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will also be considered.
You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.
You 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.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Our 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. In addition, it looks at the complexity that multi-morbidity of non-communicable disease presents, as well as exploring the significant health challenges and associated impact on health resources of:
There are core, option and independent study modules. The Postgraduate Certificate requires you to complete 60 credits; two core and one option module.
To qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma you 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. To gain the award of MSc Health Studies (Family Health) you must complete 180 credits.
Optional modules you may select include:
* a range of flexible, part-time delivery routes are available for this course. Please contact us for more information.
Our learning, teaching and assessment methods enable the learning outcomes to be achieved. A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed by online delivery and include:
Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
Our MSc Health Studies (Family Care) course offers a variety of career opportunities and destinations. Upon graduation you could seek employment in a range of health-related work areas such as:
Our School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery offers academic and professional courses which include the following examples of further study/progression routes:
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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