This course, accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management, examines the social, political and economic context within which health and social services operate, locating this within the advanced study of social policy. A particular feature of the curriculum is its focus on policy, management and collaborative working structures in the context of regulation, evaluation and accountability frameworks for service delivery.
About the course
The course is designed to meet the needs of those working in health and welfare services as practitioners, managers or administrators.
The student group is therefore multidisciplinary, and most course members combine study with full-time work. The course is also suitable for graduates with a research interest in the changing nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare.
The course has recently been re-validated and re-focused. It now offers increased opportunities for you to combine your study of health and social policy with specialist modules in evaluation, management, social work practice, regeneration or public health.
Your learning is structured around weekly contact time with the teaching team and is complemented by your independent work based on guidance supplied in lectures, group work, and interactive workshops. Blended learning, enquiry based learning and problem based learning will be used to help you comprehend theoretical concepts.
You are assessed via essays, seminar papers, mini-projects, reports and management exercises.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management.
An MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete four core modules, two options from a list, and a triple-module project. Concepts, skills and theory covered in the course are integrated through a 12-15,000-word dissertation evaluating the management or implementation of a particular policy in your own workplace.
Management of health and Social Services
Understanding Policy Process
Strategic Planning for Change Management
Health Impact Assessment
Examples of optional modules include:
Developments and Management in Community Care
Health in the City
Measuring and Monitoring Performance
Children and Families Policy and Practice
Social Structures and Policies
Global Social Policies
Ethical issues in Health Care
Managing Self and Others
Cross Cultural Management
Partnership Working and Management
One option should come from the policy area (health, mental health, social policy, community care, or family policy), and the other will be in management. Managers who wish to study for a PG Certificate (three modules) or Postgraduate Diploma (six modules) in Health and Social Care Management and Policy may exit from the MSc programme after they have completed the required module.
After the course
This qualification will enhance the career prospects of those working in many settings where knowledge and skills in health and social care management or policy making is relevant. Graduates from our existing programmes report improved career choices and advancement as a result of learning acquired on this programme.
Many have gone on to careers as drug and alcohol rehabilitation managers, managers of learning disability services, primary care trust business development managers, day centre managers, sure start programme managers, health visitor managers, prison service managers, residential and nursing care home managers, advisors in local authorities, community care managers, managed policy research, policy makers.
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognized”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
A good Honours degree in a relevant subject discipline such as sociology, psychology, the social sciences or politics is the normal entry requirement. However, the overriding criterion is the ability to demonstrate the knowledge base, academic skills and motivation to benefit from and succeed in an advanced level award. Hence applicants with lower qualifications but substantial work or voluntary experience in a relevant area may be considered.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.