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Course content

On this Sexual Health Studies programme you’ll critically evaluate contemporary thinking and its impact upon sexual health knowledge and practice. Compulsory modules explore and evaluate the specific knowledge and skills required for the study of sexual health studies at Master’s level, evaluating underpinning philosophies and relationships which influence evidence-based practice, within sexual health and covering critical thinking, moral reasoning, professionalism and skills development. Optional modules are available providing you with choice and flexibility to meet individual practice and professional needs. The clinical modules on this course have been specifically designed to enable first level NMC Registered Practitioners to prepare to be able to undertake further professional qualifications including the Nurse Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (NDFSRH) and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV STIF Competencies.


The course has a blended delivery both in the classroom and via elearning; therefore potentially accessible to students in all parts of the world. It utilises web technology to deliver multimedia teaching materials and includes live interactive sessions on a regular basis. Online activities are supported by email contact with tutors and peer groups, message boarding and scheduled live personal tutorials.

The course will be conducted in spoken and written English. It offers postgraduate education for career development and continuing professional development.

Depending on choice of optional modules, assessment will include: essays, critical reflective account, written reports, project work, presentation of research proposal, oral presentations, clinical competency documentation, case studies, development of teaching materials, summary of recommendations for clinical practice, and a dissertation of 15,000 words.


The course is composed of modules of learning that, where possible, allow for individual choice and flexibility in learning. The MSc Sexual Health Studies programme is delivered on a part-time and full-time basis divided into nine modules.

Compulsory modules are designed within the programme to provide a core for the exploration and critical evaluation of the specific knowledge and skills required for the study of Sexual Health Studies at Master's level. Key theoretical concepts will include:

  • A critical examination and evaluation of the knowledge base and critical thinking that informs contemporary sexual health practice
  • Evaluating underpinning philosophies and relationships which influence evidence-based practice, within sexual health
  • Critical examination of the basis of knowledge and critical thinking that informs sexual health practice from a global perspective
  • Moral reasoning as a critical thinking tool
  • Professionalism and challenges to role and service development within the current political context of sexual health provision
  • Skill development within the research process

Option modules may be selected from a range of modules at Level 7. These aim to provide choice and flexibility enabling students to meet individual practice and professional needs. Within the MSc Sexual Health Studies programme, students may be from a clinical or non-clinical background and may be employed within the NHS or alternative organisations.


This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Visit the Sexual Health Studies - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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