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Health MSc

Course Description

Entry requirements
Applicants will normally be in, or recently in, public service employment or engaged in community or voluntary activity that gives direct understanding of the public service environment. Reflection on practice forms an important element of the learning. Applicants unable to demonstrate one of the three requirements above can be permitted to register as a single module student. Students who are successful at studying for one module and are awarded credits may be eligible to enrol for further modules.

Students are normally expected to demonstrate one of the entry requirements below: - an honours degree from a higher educational institution in the UK (minimum of 2.2), or equivalent award from a European, or overseas higher education institution, and some public/health service experience; - an appropriate professional qualification from a body that is represented in public/health services work plus minimum five years working in a public/health services organisation; and an ability to demonstrate skills of applied learning (for example successfully completing some L3 modules - grade C and above); - an HND, or diploma equivalent, in an area applied to public/health services, plus minimum five years working in a public/health services organisation; and an ability to demonstrate skills of applied learning (for example successfully completing some L3 related modules - grade C and above).

This course covers the disciplines associated with health, health care and applied social science, and is aimed at people in public service employment or who may be engaged in community or voluntary activity. Each student on this course is able to create their own unique set of modules associated with health, health care and applied social science to make up the Health MA. At the start of the course you will consult with the course leader, and complete an S.W.O.T. analysis alongside using the university's student profile system enabling you to review your current achievements and highlight areas for further development. On this basis a tailored choice of modules from the Graduate Programme in Health and Social Science is created that will suit your professional, academic and personal aspirations. It is also an option to study for a Health and Management or Health and Education MSc.

Course structure
This course can be studied either full-or part-time and the modules are delivered at different times throughout the year. Each module has approximately 30 hours lecturer contact and approximately 170 hours of individual study. Individual modules employ varying learning and teaching strategies.
For UK-qualified nurses there is an opportunity to undertake a period of study in another health care setting in one of 14 European countries via the European Nursing Network.

Areas of study
All students take a core research-related module, from a selection of four titles. These are offered on different campuses and also online so that a range of student needs are met.
Current students are from range of backgrounds and choose an academic route that facilitates their professional and personal development. For example, a health professional may decide to study a range of clinical modules but a student from a social care background may choose a range of social and health-focused modules.
The dissertation project is an exciting element to this course and again is guided by your career route or employer requirements. This is the opportunity for you to consolidate the transferable masters-level skills gained from the taught modules which include analysing and interpreting data from a range of sources, demonstrating initiative, evaluating and problem solving, developing research skills and project management skills in order to produce a science-based project appropriate to your chosen pathway.

One research module from the following:
Research Theory and Practice
Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
Research Methods for Health Professionals
Qualitative Research
Modules totalling 100 m-level credits from a choice of over 100 in the graduate programme.

Career and progression opportunities
The career planning framework that is integral to this course guides students to choosing an appropriate and personal route through the programme.
Graduates of this course are equipped with skills that are directly transferable to health and social care-focused employment, and have progressed into senior positions in their organisations.
Local health-related employers are consulted during the regular reviews of this course.

It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

Visit the Health MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please see course description

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