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Applied Health Studies (Research/Management) MA

Course Description

This course has contributed to the postgraduate and post-registration development of health and social care professionals in the Midlands since the mid-1990s. It has gained an outstanding reputation for the standard of teaching and student support offered.

•The course is particularly suitable for health and social care professionals keen to enhance their career prospects and who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic health and social care environment.

•Based on an interdisciplinary philosophy giving you the flexibility to develop alongside those from other professional and discipline backgrounds and explore issues from a variety of perspectives

•A modular, credit-rated and flexible structure so you are able to study alongside work, at a pace that suits you

•Opportunities to relate content and assessment directly to work-focused interests, making the course directly applicable to working practice

•Taught by a team of experts from various disciplines who bring a range of experience and knowledge in their teaching styles and content

•The theories, concepts and skills may be applied to UK and international health and social care settings

Course Modules:

The course comprises an advanced programme of study in the application of knowledge from the disciplines of management, health and social policy and research methodology to the rapidly changing world of health and social care. The course is multidisciplinary, establishing a theoretical and research base from which to develop a critical understanding of current organisational, professional and political challenges. On entry to the course you will choose a pathway in research or management.

Each pathway consists of three core modules, one optional module and a dissertation. All taught modules attract 30 master’s-level credits. You can expect to study the following modules:

Core modules:
•Research designs in Health
•Health Policy and Strategy
•Healthcare management

Optional modules include:
•Research dilemmas and Strategies
•Contemporary issues in Healthcare management
•Research dissertation
•Management dissertation

Teaching and Assessment:

The course uses a combination of lectures, workshops, visiting speakers and self-directed study. You will enjoy a stimulating learning environment and will be taught by experts from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.
You should be prepared for a challenging experience that requires a significant commitment in terms of both time and energy. For example, a 30 credit module represents 300 hours of learning, of which only 35 hours is likely to be class time.

There are no formal exams. Continuous assessment is by module-based assignments, essays, assessed presentations, reports and mini-projects, plus a research-based dissertation.

To obtain the MA, you complete a dissertation of 18,000–20,000 words under the guidance of an individual supervisor. A Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma awarded on completion of 120 credits, and the MA on completion of 180 credits.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is amongst the best in the world.


Staff are specialists from various academic and professional disciplines and bring a wide range of experience as well as engagement in relevant research. Health Policy is taught by Professor Rob Baggott and Dr Sally Ruane, who are director and deputy director, respectively, of the Health Policy Research Unit. Dr Sally Ruane is also the course leader and specialises
in health service reform and public-private partnerships.

Professor Brown, who leads psychology research within the university, teaches research methods in health and social care,
with Mr Julian Stribling who brings a background in nursing, and research in family history of heart disease and risk perception. Mr Simon Moralee qualified in health services management at York and Birmingham universities and has several years’ experience working as an NHS manager. Dr Scott Yates, whose research interests include disability and young people in hospital, teaches the philosophical underpinnings of social research.

Graduate Careers:

Our graduates are now earning an average salary of £40,000* (DLHE 2008/09)

This course attracts students from a diverse range of disciplines from across the world, including health service managers, community workers, general practice managers, nurses, health visitors, health promotion workers, and members of the professions allied to medicine. It also allows undergraduates to progress directly on and continue their study at an advanced level.

Completion of the course will enhance career development and may facilitate movement into senior management or teaching

“The supportive nature of the university and its culture of a friendly, caring environment where all students were equals, made De Montfort University a very special place to be. The course allowed, and in fact insisted, on independent thinking, thorough analysis and synthesis of the subject matter in a supportive, stimulating environment.”

Tracy Burton, Applied Health Studies MA graduate

Visit the Applied Health Studies (Research/Management) MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2012 entry please visit our website2013 entry:• A 2:1 Honours degree or above in a relevant subject •OR a 2:2 Honours degree or above with relevant professional/ work experience •OR a portfolio of professional and/or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an honours degree•OR An appropriate Postgraduate Diploma at a good standardExemptions from individual modules and advanced standing may be available for appropriately qualified candidates.•If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is essential, with writing and speaking skills at no less than IELTS 6.0.

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