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Healthcare (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

This MSc Healthcare course, and its sister course MSc Healthcare Leadership, aims to prepare health professionals to enhance their own practice or to take on the challenges of healthcare leadership. Both courses are aimed at healthcare practitioners who have registration in their own country or who have considerable experience of healthcare management and leadership. The courses offer the opportunity to explore healthcare practice, healthcare service delivery and to develop knowledge and skills in research methods and service improvement. It is anticipated that students will be drawn from across the world allowing students an opportunity to work collaboratively with other students from different cultures and healthcare systems.

Both courses provide opportunities to study contemporary issues in healthcare delivery from either a clinical or a leadership perspective. Providing an exciting mix of theory and practical application through enquiry based learning and workshop materials the courses will allow students to apply theory to practice through table top exercises and simulation.

This course has a September intake and a January intake will also be available from January 2017. The September delivery is 12 months long, while the January delivery will be 20 months long and includes a summer break between June and August, where students might like to experience UK and European travel if they wish.

Aims of the course:
- Provide students with professional knowledge and understanding that will add to their personal, academic and professional development and culminate in a Master of Science (MSc) degree required for senior management posts

- Develop specific skills in research, evidence based practice, analysis, practice development and clinical judgement

- Provide an opportunity for students to develop understanding and analytical skills that they require to evaluate current care and services or to propose alternatives

- Develop additional knowledge and skills in relation to global health issues, leadership and management or in the future educational theory and healthcare practice

- Provide an academic progression opportunity for health managers or healthcare practitioners

- Develop individual confidence from education, individual study and research that encourages individuality and enquiry

- Introduce students to a range of educational approaches that have been selected to develop their academic skills, their intellect and their emotional intelligence

MSc Healthcare does not include placements within local UK health services or any element of work experience. However, a range of subject specialists will be involved in the delivery of taught sessions.

While it is envisaged that most students will study the full MSc it is possible to exit with other awards. Students would exist with Post Graduate (PG) Certificate in Health Sciences (60 credits), PG Diploma in Healthcare or Healthcare Leadership (120 credits).

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/healthcare-ft-dtfhci6/


Depending on the chosen course students will study a number of core and option modules.

Core modules: include Research Skills: approaches, designs and methods which, provides an introduction to methods of empirical enquiry and provides the foundation for the final programme dissertation. Health related theories and evidence as a module aims to provide a broad foundation of knowledge about healthcare systems and approaches as well as exploring the sources of knowledge which inform practice.

Modules for healthcare awards: include Healthcare Practice and Practice Knowledge which explores contemporary issues in healthcare and the approaches to practice and service improvement. The module examines major areas of concern including patient safety, healthcare associated infection and long-term conditions management.

Students studying the MSc Healthcare programme will then undertake a module entitled ‘Global Health in the 21st Century’ which will introduce students to the challenges presented by disease and public health across the globe and the impact these have on the organisation and delivery of healthcare.

Students studying the MSc Healthcare Leadership programme will then undertake a module entitled ‘Leadership in a Transformational Service’ which will examine leadership and management theories and apply these to the organisation and delivery of healthcare services.

Dissertation: towards the end of the course students will undertake independent study (with supervision) to complete either a systematic appraisal of the literature around a practice topic, an empirical research project, a project to develop practice or a project which forms the basis of a feasibility study for a larger future project.

Various learning, teaching and assessment strategies are employed with the course. These include lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, enquiry based and problem solving exercises and experiential approaches. In addition to direct contact with other students and academic staff, students on the programme are expected to undertake self-directed study and the electronic learning portal will be used to provide guidance on appropriate self-directed study. A variety of assessment approaches will be used to assess each module as well as to develop the student’s ability to write academic assignments and to improve their skills in presenting information to others.


When you want to get hands-on experience within Public Health and Wellbeing we can support you. The Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.


- Top quartile in the UK for its research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing

- More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Who would this Course suit?

This course is aimed at healthcare practitioners who have registration in their own country or who have considerable experience of healthcare management and leadership.

Visit the Healthcare (MSc) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Honours degree for example, BSc (Hons), normally at class 2:2 in a relevant subject or equivalent. A professional qualification linked to the nature of the award e.g. healthcare practitioner, Assistant Medical Officer.

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