This MSc has been directly tailored to address the pressing need to confront contemporary issues in relation to the integration of health and social care. The course seeks to explore the inherent challenges in transforming health and social care policy and practice and is suitable for those individuals who hold strategic positions within organisations as well as individual health and social care professionals who wish to learn more about how to enhance care.
Specifically the course aims to: provide an opportunity for health and care professionals to undertake a critical evaluation of underlying theory, practice and research in health and social care; provide a forum to share knowledge and experience; debate methodological and contemporary issues and enhance practice within a collaborative on-line learning community; enable critique of the conceptual analysis and practical application of integrated health and social care and develop critically reflective leaders, practitioners, managers or researchers who can function at an advanced level of practice and provide leadership in the planning, development and critical evaluation of integrated health and social care.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT
The entire course is delivered via e-learning and students are never required to attend the university hence the course is open to people both across the UK and worldwide. As a graduate you can, of course, attend for the graduation ceremony (in full gowns) if desired.
E-Learning means that you can study from home or work as long as you have the necessary equipment and a good broadband speed.
The university website hosts an area that is dedicated to the MSc course where all materials are posted. Teaching materials for each session are posted on this web area together with links for readings and other interesting books and journals. This means you can use the resources of the university to support your learning without ever needing to come to Preston.
Depending on the module students are asked to work through notes and materials each week, contribute to online discussions (like a chat room) and then meet up to one hour each week using video conferencing to meet with tutors and other students. This live discussion may be weekly or on alternate weeks, however this will vary through the year and depending on the module. We offer a choice of times for the online sessions to ensure accessibility wherever you are. The academic year runs from September to May.
It is anticipated that people will have a variety of reasons for wishing to undertake this course of study. Some individuals may already work within the health and social care sectors and be taking this course to enhance their practice.
Others may be more interested in research and may wish to pursue further studies through PhD. It is possible for students, after successful completion of this course, to apply for the Professional Doctorate in Health (PrD), which confers the title Dr on completion of extended original research on their chosen topic.
The optional modules allow for the differing needs of individuals to be met through various pathways. For example, a person wishing to pursue a career in research may opt for two additional modules in research, whereas a person who has, or is aiming for, a position of responsibility within an organisation or community may benefit from the optional modules in Leadership and Healthy and Sustainable Settings.
All students are counselled about their choice of optional modules.