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Health Sciences Open Award (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert)

Course Description

The MSc Health Sciences Open Award allows you to build a bespoke Master’s degree pathway. You can access a wide range of modules across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and combine these into an MSc pathway. The award offers opportunities for work-based learning and for bringing professional expertise and academic knowledge into dialogue. The recognition of the workplace as a forum for learning and development enables you to capitalise upon educational opportunities and to situate your professional practice in a rich context of academic theory. Relevant credits may be gained entirely within the Oxford Brookes modular framework or may include some credit from other recognised institutions.

This course was previously called Health and Social Care Student Designed Award.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/health-sciences-open-award/

Why choose this course?

- You will be working with staff at the cutting edge of professional development for health and social care.

- Oxford Brookes provides access to health care settings with international reputations for excellence and innovation, including the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation NHS Trust.

- We work closely with major charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support.

- As a member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, we work with partners to provide opportunities for the translation of world leading research into the teaching and delivery of health care.

- Gain academic credit for projects pursued in the workplace such as quality improvement projects or educational programmes.

- Resources at your finger-tips include a world-class academic community and access to some invaluable resources, including the Radcliffe Science Library.

Teaching and learning

Every student on the MSc Health Sciences negotiates his or her own combination of modules; please contact the programme administrator for an up-to-date list. Every MSc programme must include a dissertation or project management report, and it must also include research design training.

Oxford Brookes is committed to student-centred learning, with an emphasis on contracted learning activities and educational staff acting as facilitators. Our students are experienced professionals whose skills and knowledge have led them to design and undertake individual programmes of learning. Your programmes will build on existing knowledge and skills, and will provide opportunities for academic learning whilst further developing the professional practice of self and others. In order to draw on students’ experience and prior learning, and encourage innovation and development within the practice areas, a student-centred and facilitative approach is taken to teaching and learning.

Approach to assessment

Modules are assessed either by coursework or examination or both and full details are given in module guides. University processes ensure that assessment is rigorous, of an appropriate standard and fair - a process overseen by an external examiner, who ensures that the standards used to assess students are comparable with those of other universities.

Each assessment is designed so that you can show that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module and for the whole programme. The range, type and timing of assessments have been carefully chosen to promote independent and reflective learning. Tasks and questions are set by the module leader, internally moderated (checked by another member of staff) and sent to the external examiner to ensure that they are appropriate for assessment of the module learning outcomes and that the instructions and marking criteria are clear.

How this course helps you develop

This course will assist you in developing your career by providing a programme of study that is tailored to your individual needs. and which takes the specific nature of your current role into account. The course can thus help you to meet your professional development needs and can be tailored to match your career aspirations for the future.


Post-qualifying education in your health or social care field may allow you to take on more senior roles at work, and may improve your prospects and options for promotion and progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Professional Education and Leadership course team have research and publication interests in the fields of coaching and mentoring, service improvement, medical trainees' educational experiences, and inter-professional and work-based learning.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Health Sciences Open Award (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry normally requires a UK/EU first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution. Subject to approval by Oxford Brookes University, equivalent professional or other qualifications applicable to health and social care can be considered under some circumstances, particularly if you are registered as a health or social care professional. Please enquire for further details. If you wish to engage in any work-based learning (which is not compulsory), you must be employed in a health or social care role, and have achieved appropriate registration with a relevant United Kingdom professional body.

Course Fees

Home / EU: £980 per single module; International: £1,400 per single module

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