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This intensive MSc programme runs over two academic years and is for graduates from any discipline wishing to train and qualify as social workers. Read more
This intensive MSc programme runs over two academic years and is for graduates from any discipline wishing to train and qualify as social workers.

Through a combination of academic and professional modules, you will focus on both the social science knowledge base of social work, and on developing your practice-relevant knowledge, skills and values through 200 days of practical learning.

Taught by qualified social workers with a range of practice specialisms and research interests, this course offers exciting opportunities to learn alongside students from related professional disciplines including occupational therapy, teaching, nursing and medicine, mirroring the interprofessional nature of social work practice.

Users of social work services, carers and experienced practitioners are also actively involved in the course and the delivery of teaching sessions.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, as the regulatory body for social workers and other health professionals. You will address the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers throughout the course, alongside the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

Course structure

In line with the guidance of the College of Social Work, students undertake 200 days of practical learning across the course. This involves 30 days of developing practice skills within the university, a 70-day placement in year 1 and a 100-day placement in year 2.

Learning in practice is supported by periods of study at the university, directed study (with a range of learning materials) and small-group practice tutorials. The course reflects the interprofessional nature of social work, with opportunities for shared learning experiences with education, nursing, medical and occupational therapy students.

Areas of study

Year 1 introduces core skills, theories and approaches for social work practice in its interprofessional context and fosters a critical understanding of key law, policy and human growth across the lifespan.

Year 2 focuses on more complex and accountable practice together with the development of more specialised skills and knowledge. There is also a focus on research in social work and the critical use of evidence to underpin own practice.

Modules:

Reflective Social Work Practice 1
Lifespan Development: Social and Psychological Contexts
Legal and Policy Contexts of Decision-Making in Social Work
Practice Learning 1
Research in Social Work: The Dissertation
Reflective Social Work Practice 2
Decision-making in Assessment, Risk and Protection
Contemporary Social Work Practice
Practice Learning 2

Careers and employability

Social work is a rewarding career for those committed to improving the life opportunities and wellbeing of others, whilst promoting rights and social justice.

Registered social workers generally have little trouble finding employment. There are many relevant vacancies advertised locally and nationally, and there continues to be a demand for social workers both in established posts and with agencies who provide temporary staff to statutory organisations.

Social workers can specialise in many different areas, including working with children, youth offending, family centres, older people, disabled people, mental health services, homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, and substance misuse.

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This course offers an opportunity for participants from around the UK and internationally to critically evaluate and reflect on their professional development using distance learning (where students work on their own at home and communicate with staff and other students via, electronic forums, videoconferencing, and other forms of computer-based communication). Read more
This course offers an opportunity for participants from around the UK and internationally to critically evaluate and reflect on their professional development using distance learning (where students work on their own at home and communicate with staff and other students via, electronic forums, videoconferencing, and other forms of computer-based communication). The structure of the course allows participants to gain the MSc without attending the university. To allow maximum flexibility blended learning options (combining traditional face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities) are available. The elearning facilities that are available through studentcentral will allow participants to access a wide range of learning material and learn collaboratively through peer and tutor assisted learning. Flexible learning provides learners with choices regarding where, when, and how learning occurs. It meets the needs of an increasingly diverse range of participants and includes making appropriate use of technology to support the learning process enabling choice and responsiveness in the pace, place and mode of learning.

The course enables learning to be triggered by participants practice, as the core modules all allow participants to focus on aspects of their practice that are most relevant to them in their workplace. Peer assisted learning forms an important part of the teaching and learning strategy of the course, enabling participants to learn from the experiences of those working within other health and social care professions both in the UK and internationally. Most learning will occur asynchronously, enabling participants to plan their study around their other commitments. There will be the option for some action learning sets to occur synchronously, at a mutually convenient time. There is flexibility for these to occur in the early morning or evening to overcome difficulties with obtaining study leave. The core modules focus on different aspects of professional practice; the Evidence Informed Practice module focuses on applying and disseminating professional practice based on research evidence, the Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection module requires participants to critically evaluate and apply models of reflection and the Practice Development through Independent Learning focuses on developing the students practice within their area of specialism.

We are committed to enabling as many people as possible to take advantage of higher education, and operate a flexible admissions policy where applications are considered on merit.

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University of Brighton Postgraduate Medicine
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These courses meet the needs of doctors and other senior health and environmental colleagues in delivering and managing the public health and/or environmental agenda. Read more
These courses meet the needs of doctors and other senior health and environmental colleagues in delivering and managing the public health and/or environmental agenda. Participants gain an understanding of public health issues and the various roles of all the professionals involved in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors.

Course structure
Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses utilise a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including drawing on the work experience of participants. It provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Most courses are delivered intensively over one week.

Areas of study
Study includes the techniques required to undertake epidemiological studies, approaches to environmental impact on health matters, mechanisms of partnership working, and wider issues relating to the health of the population.

There are three core modules - Public Health: Meeting the Challenges, Research Methods and Critical Appraisal, and Epidemiology. Each module requires three separate full-time working weeks.

Students may register for the MSc Public Health or MSc Public Health and Management award and will study either a 12,000 or 16,000 word dissertation dependent on module choices. A wide choice of additional options, including management options, may include modules from other schools and faculties.

Core Syllabus:
Public Health: Meeting the Challenges
Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
Epidemiology

Public Health Options include:
Health Protection
Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research
Nutrition in Public Health
Global Health Principles
Global Health Burden
Qualitative Research Methodology
Social Marketing
Global Health Promotion
Evidence Based Practice

Public Health Management Options include:
Knowledge Management for Commissioners and Service Leaders
Leadership for Health and Care Professionals
Health Care Research Management
Commissioning, Strategy and Practice
Leading and Transforming Services
Clinical Commissioning for Quality Care
Organisations, Partnerships and Networks
Service Planning
Managing Change
Managing Finance in the Public Sector
Managing People in the Public Services
Strategy and Planning in the Public and Voluntary Sectors
Quality and Care
Social Marketing

Career and progression opportunities
The courses provide a strong platform for professional development and enhanced career progression. They also open opportunities for research at PhD and MPhil level.

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The health and wellbeing of people differs widely across the globe. Life expectancy varies from 45 years in some countries to double that figure in others, and similar inequalities exist within countries. Read more
The health and wellbeing of people differs widely across the globe. Life expectancy varies from 45 years in some countries to double that figure in others, and similar inequalities exist within countries.

Economies, environments, societies and cultures are increasingly heterogeneous, but also interconnected and interdependent. Thus, many complex factors and processes simultaneously operating from the local to the global spheres affect the health of individuals, populations and nations. As these factors change, so do the challenges and opportunities for improving health locally and globally.

The global health programme at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research develops students’ understanding of the complex determinants of health and their potential solutions in order to help them contribute to the improvement of health and the achievement of health equity and social justice worldwide. With this purpose, this programme offers an inter-multi and cross-disciplinary approach to health and ill-health.

The course brings together experts from the health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, development studies, anthropology, business, economics and political sciences amongst others in order to deliver a stimulating and vibrant programme, covering topics such as poverty, inequality, cultural understandings of health and healing, emerging infectious diseases, global burden of diseases, climate change, health policy and governance, access to medicines, and the relationship between health inequality, globalisation and global governance.

INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING

The BSMS MSc in Global Health gathers students from a wide range of backgrounds.

In addition, the course brings together experts from disciplines within and beyond the health sciences to deliver a vibrant programme that will appeal widely, covering topics such as poverty, development, inequalities and health; cultural understandings of health and healing; emerging infectious diseases; the global burden of disease; global occupational health; climate change; access to medicines; global health ethics; and the relationship between disease, globalisation and global governance.

DISSERTATION (RESEARCH PROJECT)

Our MSc in Global Health has a strong research component. After a compulsory Research Methods module, the dissertation or research project allows students to develop an area of expertise through in-depth focus on a topic of their particular interest. Students can gain first-hand research experience with one of our overseas partner institutions.
With the support of a research supervisor, students are expected to learn and work independently, access and critique information from a variety of sources, and competently design and report a research project. Students will be also required to obtain the necessary ethics approvals when needed.

COURSE STRUCTURE

PGCert:

Global Health Principles (GHP)
PLUS two of the following modules:
Global Burden and Management of Disease
Research Methods & Critical Appraisal
Communicable Diseases
Access to Medicines

PGDip:

Global Health Principles (GHP)
Global Burden and Management of Disease
Research Methods & Critical Appraisal

PLUS two of the following modules:

Global Politics of Disease
Health and Development
Communicable Diseases
Access to Medicines
Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective

MSc:

As PGDip
PLUS Dissertation (Research Project)

GLOBAL HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP

BSMS offers a number of scholarships for students admitted to full-time Masters degree in Global Health at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research.

The scholarships are funded by BSMS, and confirm the emergence of the Global Health department as a national and international leader in global health research, practice and PG study. The BSMS Global Health scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and/or professional merit and financial need. The scholarship provides one £5,000 award or two £2,500 awards towards tuition fees.
UK, EU and International (Non UK/EU) students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Please visit the website to find out more:

https://www.bsms.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-degrees/global-health.aspx

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of this programme will have the skills to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers within international health and development agencies.

Our graduates will have a sound understanding of the global burden of disease, the complex determinants of health and ill-health in a globalised world and of the potential management strategies at different levels.

Previous graduates have gone into a range of careers, including working for national and international NGOs and Public Health England (PHE). Others are working in national and international-level research organisations and universities, and some have continued for further postgraduate training at PhD level.

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The MSc in Public Health course has been designed within a multi-professional, modular framework that draws on a wide range of disciplines. Read more
The MSc in Public Health course has been designed within a multi-professional, modular framework that draws on a wide range of disciplines.

The course combines a set of four compulsory core modules (Principles and Practice of Public Health, Epidemiology, Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research, and Research Methods and Critical Appraisal) with a range of optional modules (eg Health Protection, Nutrition in Public Health, International Health etc) which allows students to focus on areas relevant to their work and professional interests. The research dissertation module provides an excellent opportunity to integrate study-based learning with a work-based research project improving students' competencies and skills to enhance their long-term career in public health.

The course delivers a solid grounding in public health theory and practice to provide a mechanism for analysing and instituting change in practice and to support public health leadership and registration. This is particularly pertinent in a challenging time of change and the course addresses recent moves in responsibility for the delivery of public health programmes. Teaching sessions are delivered by academicians and practitioners who are active in the field. The inter-professional background of the course participants fosters an environment in which occupational experiences are shared and a wider understanding of multidisciplinary public health issues is gained.

KEY AREAS OF STUDY

• Principles and practice of public health
• Epidemiology
• Research methods and critical appraisal
• Essential statistics in health and medical care
• Health protection
• Nutrition in public health

COURSE STRUCTURE

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.

The course has two streams: Public Health and Public Health and Management

PGCert in Public Health:

• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM12 Epidemiology (20 credits)

PLUS

• One other module from the core or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip in Public Health:

• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
• MDM12 Epidemiology (20 credits)
• MDM66 Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)

PLUS

• Two modules from the optional module list (20 + 20 Credits)

MSc in Public Health:

PGDip essential modules

• PLUS Two modules from the optional module list (20 + 20 Credits)
• PLUS MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Module List:

• MDM33 Health Protection (20 credits)*
• MDM83 Nutrition in Public Health (20 credits)*
• MDM161 Global Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)

OR

• MDM111 Commissioning for Quality Care Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

*Modules run in alternate years. Health protection runs every odd year (eg 2017, 2019) and Nutrition in Public Health runs every even year (eg 2016, 2018).
Global public health

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Course participants are empowered to develop public health practice which has a positive impact on their communities.
Successful completion of the course will assist the graduate in pursuing a career in academic and research institutions, public or government services or voluntary organisations, and national and international non-governmental organisations.

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