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Health Sciences (MSc)

Course Description


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 Health. 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 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 Health: 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.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/healthsciences/

Course Aims

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 Health 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.

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, but students may take up to five years if they wish to follow the modular route. 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 http://www.keele.ac.uk/health/postgraduatetaught/individualmodules/

For a Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits must be obtained (choice of all options) and for a Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits must be obtained, including the core (compulsory) module of Research Methods, plus choice from option modules. 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.

Teaching & Assessment

Lecture 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.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Health Sciences (MSc) page on the Keele University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

The £1,000 will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, it will be deducted on a prorata basis.To find out more contact Helen Johnson [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)



A discount of £1,000 for Keele graduates wishing to undertake a taught postgraduate programme at Keele.
This is available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service - or where an individual School has other arrangements within its fee structure e.g. School of Pharmacy. You will not receive the Keele Graduate Bursary if your course is fully or partially funded by a sponsor or organisation such as your employer.

Application Procedure

There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you. Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2016. We cannot defer the bursaries until another academic year.

Further Information



Keele Graduate Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

Value of Scholarship(s)



We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

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Further Information



Keele Access Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Fee waivers of up to £850
This bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study.

Value of Scholarship(s)



This is being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.
You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker on the Keele website.
You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

Application Procedure

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Further Information


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.

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