The vision within health and social care is to have practitioners who are able to approach the new decade with well founded professional beliefs, confidence, political awareness and preparedness to meet the challenge of shifting user expectations, diminution of traditional roles and commitment to different ways of working. Consequently, it is recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education will not be suitable to many practitioners, therefore this MA programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.
The MA Health and Social Care Studies programme structure is designed to facilitate three climb out awards, specifically these are the Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Award. These pathways enable students to engage with a flexible pathway to suit their own learning needs. The programme will attract a range of health and social care professionals and promotes a culture of shared learning. Such opportunities have the potential to enrich the learning experience by supporting the development of critical thinking, creativity and can nurture an entrepreneurial approach to health and social care delivery. Although many of the learning and teaching opportunities will be shared with level six students, there will be opportunities available for Post Graduate students to extend their academic ability through seminars, tutorials and critical debates with their peer group.
Content and Modules
The MA Health and Social Care Practice is underpinned by a philosophy of flexibility to enable students to have greater autonomy in their learning. There are, of course, mandatory modules that you will be required to complete however where there is the opportunity to select an optional module you may be able to make a personal selection or seek advice from one of our professional advisers who will guide you through modules that are specific to specialist areas of health and social care. Modules studied
All awards with the MA Programme will require completion of the 40 credit module “Delivery of Heath and Social Care Practice”. This module is delivered over two semesters. The 20 credit “Research Module” is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the Post Graduate Certificate. The 60 credit “Dissertation” is mandatory for all students wishing to complete the MA award and is delivered over two semesters.
Optional Modules Students are encouraged to be forward thinking and to engage in learning opportunities to maximise their personal and professional potential. Therefore although there are modules which are focused on specialist areas of health and social care such as children’s nursing and midwifery practice, many of the modules can be chosen by practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds.
Modules can be identified from the Continuing Professional Development calendar of modules available on the university website. However, students may also be able to select modules offered within other MA/MSc programmes delivered at UCS with the prior agreement of the programme leaders. The range of optional modules and will depend of their availability each academic year. Possible modules include, but are not limited to… • Antenatal and Newborn Screening • Counselling Skills • Dementia Care • Managing Suicide and Self Harm • Minor Illness • Supporting Practice Learning (Mentoring