Key Facts

Course Title: Health Sciences
Course type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Part Time
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Health and Rehabilitation


This programme has been designed to be highly flexible in terms of student choice. There is only one core (compulsory) module of Research Methods in Health, which must be undertaken prior to the dissertation stage. Remaining modules can be chosen from the wide range offered by Schools both within and outside the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. This flexible choice of modules allows the student to design a programme of study that matches his or her perceived needs for personal and professional development. Such choice would be facilitated, managed, and approved by the Course Director, to ensure overall coherence of the modules chosen within the programme. The programme is distinctive in that it is designed to be of interest to a wide range of health professionals and to those from other disciplines with an interest in health or health care delivery. Health professionals require both academic accreditation and flexibility when pursuing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and our postgraduate courses endeavour to fulfil these needs. This flexible course is available on a part-time (up to three years) or a modular route (up to 5 years). Additionally, modules can be taken as independent standalone units of study. 

There are four Schools in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: the School of Health and Rehabilitation, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Pharmacy. Each of these offers a range of modules at postgraduate (M) level, each of which can potentially form part of a programme of study on this course. In addition, there are a number of modules offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Science with a strong relevance to health.

Aims of the Course

Although hosted in the School of Health and Rehabilitation, this course is a faculty-based programme and draws on modules from across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the wider University, encouraging and facilitating interdisciplinary and interprofessional education. The aim of this flexible modular course is to broaden the student’s knowledge and understanding in the field of health sciences, and encourage personal and professional development. It is also about fostering greater insight into how different disciplines, through a programme of shared learning and teaching, can contribute to this aim.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to a wide range of health professionals, e.g. medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, pharmacists and clinical psychologists, and those from other disciplines with an interest in health, e.g. psychologists, social scientists. Applicants should normally have a first or second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject.

Applicants should be aware that some modules which focus on practical clinical skills may require applicants to have completed at least 12 months of relevant professional work experience by 30 June prior to admission and/or be registered with an appropriate professional regulatory body. Professional indemnity insurance may also be required.

For students whose first language is not English, evidence will be required of successful completion of an English Language qualification such as IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test). All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.

Course Content

The MSc programme comprises taught modules to the value of 120 M Level credits and a dissertation of 60 M Level credits, giving a total of 180 credits. Students may choose to finish their studies after completing 60 taught credits (Postgraduate Certificate) or 120 taught credits (Postgraduate Diploma), or they may study any module on a stand-alone basis and obtain the relevant credits. The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years, however up to three years is permitted. Students who opt for the modular route may take up to five years if they wish. The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.

The core module of Research Methods in Health will underpin the knowledge and skills needed to undertake the dissertation. Other modules may be chosen from a wide range available within Schools in the faculty, and within some Schools outside the faculty, thus meeting the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the scientific background of their own specialism and to integrate this into their professional practice.

Course Modules

For details about the modules offered within the Faculty (School of Health and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Pharmacy) go to

For a Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits must be obtained and for a Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits must be obtained, including the core (compulsory) module of Research Methods. For the MSc a dissertation on a topic related to the course must additionally be completed. Dissertation workshops provide support for students. An appropriate supervisor to support the dissertation process will be allocated from within the Faculty.


Accreditation of Prior Learning  (APCL and APEL)

Candidates can also apply for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) exemption against option modules, provided they are consistent with the aims of the programme and are approved by the Course Director. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is also available for some modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching sessions are led by a variety of experienced authorities in their field. Therefore, the student receives a wide knowledge base from academics and practising experts. Teaching methods include: lead lectures, tutor and student led tutorials, problem solving scenarios, case studies, presentations, computer practicals, small group work and the use of the Virtual Learning Environment.

The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: critical review papers, essays, portfolios, presentations, interactive practical examinations, assessment in the field and use of the VLE (online assessments), and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.