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Health & Community Care (MSc)

Course Description

Equip yourself with the expertise to contribute more effectively to practice developments. You will increase your knowledge of health and community care practice, gain finely tuned time management and prioritisation skills, and develop your understanding of the complex issues at the forefront of your own specialist area.

Our course incorporates a variety of modules that meet the needs of a wide range of health care environments. High emphasis is placed on self-directed and lifelong learning, and you will be given personal support to plan and organise an individualised programme of study.

You will have the opportunity to consider your own practice area in significant depth and further develop your critical analysis and reasoning skills.

You'll have the flexibility to study at your own pace, and fit your learning around your work and personal commitments. Funded places are also available.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/healthcommunitycare_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Improving your future employment prospects is fundamental to our course. We will provide you with continued professional development that will help you remain on the professional register.

- Health Care Practitioner
- Community Development Worker
- Health Promotion Specialist

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll study at your own pace, and be able to fit your learning around your work and personal commitments. We'll also hone your skills as an independent learner, enabling you to continue your development after graduating from our course.

We've a wide variety of modules for you to choose from, including from other postgraduate courses such as MSc Advanced Practice.

Core Modules

Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence (20 credits), or
Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Understanding Social Research & Evaluation (20 credits)
Gain a theoretical, methodological and practical foundation for social research enabling you to act as a social researcher to resolve practice based problems.

Research in Practice: Dissertation (60 credits)
Your opportunity to produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest, demonstrating your developmental learning in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills.

Option Modules

Non-Medical Prescribing
If you are a registered health professional, this module will allow you to achieve the required legal and professional standards to register as a Non-Medical Prescriber.

Professional Portfolio Development in the Context of Health & Community Care
Critically reflect on your past experience, identifying future learning needs in the context of your role in shaping current health and social care policy and practice.

Support for Learning in Practice
If you are a registered health professional, this module will prepare you to support, supervise and assess pre-registration health care students in practice environments.

Therapeutic Relationships for Health Care Practitioners
Gain theoretical knowledge of people's emotional/mental health and wellbeing in relation to being service users/patients within health and social care systems, and relate this to your area of practice.

Advanced Leadership & Management in Practice
Critically evaluatie theories, models and styles of leadership and management, to increase your confidence and competence in this area.

Legal & Ethical Practice in Health & Community Care
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to critique and evaluate the ethical and legal theories, principles and concepts that underpin current health and social care practice.

Infection Prevention & Control
Explore best practice in the prevention and control of infection in healthcare, allowing you to evaluate and improve current practice.

Care of the Child in the Emergency Department
Increase your knowledge, skills, insight and competence for caring for children and their families within the emergency department.

Recognition & Management of the Acutely Ill Adult Patient
Increase your knowledge and skills in the recognition and management of acutely ill patients, focusing on patient assessment, clinical skills, decision making and treatment planning.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Health & Community Care (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jane Phillips

I have worked for 30 years, and I have been surprised about the difference studying has made. My course allows me to take a new perspective on my role and question how and why I do things, which is making a positive difference to my clients and me.

Jane Phillips
Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy, Humber NHS Foundation Trust in Hull


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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