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Course content

This course ensures that you have the opportunity to consider a range of central scientific foundations of health and social care.

Course details

It enables you to:

  • develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of key concepts and principles across the health and social care sciences
  • evaluate critically the contribution of and inter-relationships between the sciences underpinning health and social care
  • draw on acquired knowledge to contribute to the development of contemporary health and social care.

Core modules introduce key concepts which underpin health and social care sciences and how you can apply them to context. These include health economics, sociology, health and social care policy, health psychology and evidence-based practice. You also study two option modules. In addition you conduct your own research project.

What you study

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Bio-psychosocial Paradigms in Health and Social Care
  • Evidence-based Practice

and one optional module

  • Global Health
  • Negotiated Learning

or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 2 core modules

  • Developing Research Projects
  • Health and Social Care in Context

and one optional module

  • Global Health
  • Negotiated Learning

 or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 3 core modules

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

A range of learning and teaching strategies are used, including lectures, student-led seminars and computer-based workshops. The development of key skills including presentation skills, ICT skills and collaborative working is a significant feature of the course and these activities take place in a variety of locations using both traditional teaching and learning methods and e-learning approaches. Active participation in class discussion and activities is encouraged. Face-to-face activities are supplemented with the use of electronic materials via Blackboard. Individual tutorial support is also utilised to support learning, particularly in the Dissertation module.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment strategies are used to provide variety of experience, to challenge and extend you, to give feedback as a basis for advancement and as a measure of your learning and skill development. These include reports, oral presentations, assignments, projects and a dissertation.


Career opportunities

You'll understand and synthesise various complex issues surrounding the health and social care arenas. In addition you'll enhance your ability to implement evidence-based practice, and undertake and publish research in your field.

Visit the Health and Social Care Sciences (Generic Pathway) MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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