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Overview

Our MSc Health studies degree course is aimed at health and social care professional graduates. It is also ideal for those with substantial professional experience, and offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to build upon their knowledge, skills and expertise relevant to health studies.

Course modules reflect contemporary issues of relevance for all healthcare professionals and are mapped against the core and specific dimensions of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which are applicable to many professional and organisational groups.

You will also have the opportunity to select areas of particular interest that are meaningful and relevant within your own organisation/work setting.

 

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

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.

Standard Requirements

Our course is aimed at health professional graduates or those with substantial professional experience at a senior level.

Applications are welcome from a wide range of backgrounds such as:

  • nursing
  • midwifery
  • health improvement
  • ambulance service
  • social work
  • allied health professionals e.g. dieticians
  • occupational therapists
  • podiatrists

You will normally have a first degree or demonstrate relevant senior management experience in a health-related area.

You must have the English language and literary skills as per university guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules.

Course details

Our course consists of a menu of core, option and independent study modules, set within a framework of inter-related themes such as:

  • contemporary issues
  • role enhancement
  • evidence-based practice

The modules reflect contemporary issues of relevance for all healthcare professionals and are mapped against the core and specific dimensions of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which are equally applicable to many professional and organisational groups. You will also have the opportunity to select areas of particular interest that are meaningful and relevant within your own organisation/work setting.

* a range of flexible, part-time delivery routes are available for this course. Please contact us for more information.

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Teaching & Assessment

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:

  • online modified lectures via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • group discussion
  • problem based-learning

 

Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • strategic planning proposals
  • critical incident analysis
  • projects
  • research proposal
  • dissertation

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

Upon graduation you will have the capacity to become leaders within your sphere of practice and destinations include opportunities for employability in:

  • education
  • NHS management
  • practice development

 

Previous students who have undertaken our MSc course have been able to secure posts in the following roles:

  • Depute Director of Nursing and Therapies
  • Chief Nurse
  • Nurse Consultant Unscheduled Care
  • Nurse Consultant Infection Control
  • Nurse Lecturer

Further Study

Our School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery offers academic and professional courses which include the following examples of further study/progression routes:

  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Research Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
After my arrival in Scotland, I’d explored a number of other options but the course I chose, MSc Health Studies, fitted with my personal goals. I found this course suitable for people like me who already have extensive healthcare experience and wish to build on their knowledge and skills.

Devashish Ray, Health Studies student

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

London Campus 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£9,250 per year of study

English, Northern Irish, Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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