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MSc Health Studies

Course Description

The MSc Health Studies offers postgraduate education of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, paramedics, dieticians, and a wide range of other health and social care professionals in a variety of clinical environments and geographical contexts. It offers clinically relevant named awards at Certificate, Diploma and Master's level, and is invaluable for all those who want to develop excellence and share good practice. The modules are shared with a range of nurses, midwives and health and social care professionals studying our other programmes.

Why study MSc Health Studies with the University of Dundee?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee has an international reputation for providing flexible programmes designed to offer a student-led approach to postgraduate education. Most programmes are offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning. A small number of modules are also available for locally based students.

Students can choose the generic MSc Health Studies award or one of seven named awards. These are:

MSc Health Studies (Leadership, Quality and Governance)
MSc Health Studies (Infection: Prevention and Control)
MSc Health Studies (Mental Health)
MSc Health Studies (Long Term Conditions)
MSc Health Studies (Older Person)
MSc Health Studies (Clinical Practice)
MSc Health Studies (Physiotherapy)
MSc Health Studies (Global Health and Wellbeing)
MSc Health Studies (Research)

What are the aims of this programme?

We aim to provide an intellectual environment within which you are committed and challenged to develop the knowledge and skills required to enhance your own health and social care practice as well as to advance practice in your own profession or role. The aim is also to support multidisciplinary collegiality and create a global community of scholars displaying postgraduate attributes of confidence, complexity, creativity, professionalism, autonomy and the articulation of novel perspectives to problem solving.

Who should study this course?

This programme will suit any graduate health or social care professional aspiring to advance their own and others' clinical practice, as well as planning for leadership roles, both formal and informal.

How you will be taught

The programme is generally delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment My Dundee. Some modules are delivered in a blended format and these are limited to students more locally within Scotland.

What you will study

The programme is delivered on a modular basis over a period of 3 and half years. One module is taken per semester and semesters start in September and January. There are two intakes per year.

You are required to take four modules and a dissertation in order to complete the full MSc but can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after two modules and a Postgraduate Diploma after four modules. In order to exit with a named award the award pre-requisites must be met.

Students undertaking the Diploma or MSc must take one research core, one professional core, the award core requirements and an option module where available. Some awards have two award cores and no option module can be taken.

Modules available

The module portfolio comprises a choice of two research modules, a number of professional modules relating to leadership, quality and clinical governance, and learning, teaching and assessment in practice among others.

A number of clinically relevant modules are also available depending on the chosen award. Some modules are only offered every second year and you will be helped to decide the best portfolio of modules to meet your individual needs.
How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of traditional and more innovative approaches. We use essays, portfolios, folders of evidence, research proposals, learning contracts, exams, OSCEs, and assessed online activities such as debates and team work.


While almost all of our students are already in professional roles, students who have completed our masters programmes in the past have gone on into management and other promoted posts as well as specialist roles such as hospital at night and clinical governance leads.

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

Entry Requirements

Both UK and international postgraduate students from a range of disciplines who have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject will be eligible to undertake the programme. English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component less than 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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