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The Course

This Master’s programme in Health and Social Care Integration and Innovation provides students with an exciting opportunity to collaborate and discuss and develop techniques to support the integration and innovation challenges and opportunities facing health and social care.

This part-time, employment-based programme is designed to nurture and create health care professionals of the future. To enable a real-time examination and exploration of the fundamental issues of health and social care, all applicants are required to be in relevant employment.

At Lincoln, you will have access to shared learning across your cohort and access to a range of national and international speakers who aim to encourage an environment of shared learning.

How You Study

The 26-month programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach using structured teaching, structured independent learning and the use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment as a collaborative learning platform and a distance learning vehicle. There will be an element of weekend teaching (Friday Afternoon/Saturday Morning) and summer schools. The programme will make use of Action Learning Sets (ALS) throughout each year of study, where we provide a structured way of working in small groups which is designed to encourage the discipline required to help students learn from what they do and improve their practice as a result.

Speakers will also contribute to the programme through the use of key note addresses and ‘master classes’. We invite leaders and participants of innovation programmes to offer an insight into the process and challenges of integration.

Over the course of this programme students should expect to receive a total of 600 hours of contact time. Postgraduate level study involves also significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars.


How You Are Assessed

The range of assessments within the programme are designed to provide a wide and varied student experience with an emphasis placed on the engagement of students as producers of new knowledge and skills for integration and innovation.The assessment strategy is intended to ensure that those who have obtained their Master’s degree have clearly demonstrated advanced capability in supporting a challenging integration and innovation agenda in health and social care. Therefore, part of the assessment strategy is related to assessment of practice in the workplace.

The assessment strategy consists of written reports, assignments and presentations, including an 8,000 word service development project/paper for publication.

Written requirements for the programme will be an extension of relevant work that you are already engaged in, such as reports, business care development, presentations and service needs assessment.

There are three stages that make up the programme:

Stage 1 provides an introduction and overview of the broad political, economic and social context of integration and innovation agenda in health and social care.

Stage 2 is the specialist stage of the programme which offers students the opportunity to develop the skills, values and knowledge necessary to make a significant contribution to service integration and innovation within their sphere of influence.

Stage 3 is the final dissertation project which is designed to provide students with the chance to bring together their learning experiences and skills gained throughout the programme.

Students can exit after Stage 1 with a Postgraduate Certificate or after Stages 1 and 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma.

For more information visit the website:

Visit the MSc Health and Social Care Integration and Innovation page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!




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