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Our MSc in Leading People-Centred Integrated Care is designed to provide a progressive pathway of Masters' level study for staff working in health, social care or in the Third sector. It will empower and enable you to lead and develop integrated services to promote and enhance quality of care and improve outcomes for people.

From a national and international perspective there is a recognised shift towards integrating health and social care for preventative, outcome-based commissioning and support. The approach values the role that people who use the services, their families and communities play in planning and delivering integrated care with professionals in new ways that add value and are sustainable.

This distinctive MSc is designed to enable local and international students to contextualise, develop and lead integrated services that improve the quality of care and enhance outcomes for people, professionals and organisations. You will develop enhanced leadership and influencing skills and a deeper understanding and respect for the different professional, organisational, sectoral and international cultures. Bringing together students with a wide range of personal and professional experiences enriches active learning and generates insights from the 'real world' of the workplace and from different health and care systems.

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.

Academic Requirements

You should normally possess an appropriate Ordinary bachelor's degree in, for example, but not exclusively in: health; social sciences or business related field.

You must also be currently working in a health or social care environment or at least have current experience (normally within the last five years) which you can draw upon in order to meet the course's assessment requirements.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree but you can demonstrate extensive, relevant and current experience then you might still be considered at the course leader's discretion.

As part of your application please ensure your upload a personal statement detailing all of your relevant experience.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

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)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

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:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

Our course have various exit points allowing you to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master's award depending on your needs. However, most students will typically complete the full Master's award (180 credits).

The MSc is comprised of core and optional modules as follows:

  • The PgCert consists of 60 credits made up of three, core 20-credit modules
  • The PgDip consists of a further 60 credits; two core modules (20-credits each) and one optional module
  • The MSc requires completion of the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module worth 60 credits

The PgCert requires the successful completion of the following three core modules:

  • Creating the Conditions for Integrated Care (core, 20 credits)
  • Leading and Transforming Together (core, 20 credits)
  • People and Communities (core, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to progress to the PgDip which requires the successful completion of the following two core modules:

  • Value for People, Professionals & Organisations (core, 20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Health & Social Care (core, 20 credits)

Plus, a further one optional 20-credit module:

  • Delivering Compassionate Care (optional, 20 credits)
  • Independent Study (HSCE) (optional, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to eHealth (optional, 20 credits)
  • Public Service Management (optional, 20 credits)
  • Public Service Performance Management (optional, 20 credits)
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare (optional, 20 credits)
  • Social Marketing in Health (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Research & Enquiry Dissertation (60 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

As our course is taught fully online you will access course materials through our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. Through Moodle you will be exposed to a range of teaching sources such as: PowerPoint; Prezi; Xerte and e-Books. Our course recognises students as co-producers and creators of the learning that takes place therefore students will also be able to take part in synchronous and asynchronous discussions to share learning amongst peers.


  • Independent Study: 73%
  • Scheduled Learning: 27%


  • Coursework: 75%
  • Practical: 25%

Coursework will normally include essays, reflective pieces of work and your dissertation. Practical assessments will normally include presentations, demonstrations or exhibitions. Depending on the optional module you choose this may add to further learning and teaching methods as well as additional assessment types.

Our assessment strategy ensures there are multiple points to access formative and summative feedback to enable you to feed-forward to improve your academic skills as the module and course progresses.

Course Structure

Students studying the course fully online on a part-time basis will undertake the course as follows:

MSc Leading People-centred Integrated Care course structure

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Discover more about our MSc Leading People-centred Integrated Care which aims to allow you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to help shape service provision and deliver integrated people-centred care through a flexible, multi-skilled workforce that is attuned to outcomes that matter to people.

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Career Prospects


Gaining a postgraduate qualification can lead to a variety of career opportunities and destinations. This distinctive MSc offers enhanced employability prospects within the area of health & social care, particular in the area of integration.

It will enhance your career opportunities and opens the door to many destinations within the expanding sector of integrated care – from introducing new roles and new models of interdisciplinary practice to planning, commissioning, leading and managing integrated services. Whatever your future destination you will have the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections to develop, lead and transform care and support to deliver excellent outcomes for people and communities.

Further Study

Upon completion of the course you may want to consider further continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities such as our My Home Life (Scotland) programme or you may choose to take your studies to the next level by completed either a Professional Doctorate (DProf) or PhD allowing you to contribute research in the area of integration.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 cost of study

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Module Fee: Online version 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£930 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£930 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£930 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,855 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Online


£6,500 Cost of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£10,765 Cost of study

Republic of Ireland

£10,765 Cost of study

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost of study

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2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Module (Online)


£930 Cost of 20-credit module

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,600 Cost of 20-credit module

Republic of Ireland

£1,600 Cost of 20-credit module

International (EU/EEA & non-EU/EEA)

£1,920 Cost of 20-credit module

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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.

Leading People-centred Integrated Care - Additional Costs

The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery has strong links with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and hosts the International Centre 4 Integrated Care giving you the opportunity to network with professionals across the globe.

There is the opportunity to join IFIC Special Interest Group Webinars of which there is no charge to participate.

You may wish to attend externally organised conferences for which there may be a cost to attend; the cost of these is dependent upon the organising body and would need to be self-funded. However, such conferences are not mandatory to the course; they are optional. But, you may wish to consider attending one or more in order to both enhance your learning experience and networking opportunities.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

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

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

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.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


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

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