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Health and Medical Sciences - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This unique, highly flexible interdisciplinary programme allows healthcare professionals to study a set of modules tailored to their specific needs. Participants at all career stages may study areas that complement and extend their existing knowledge to support their particular ongoing career goals so enabling them to gain the maximum added value from their studies.

Degree information

Led by specialists, this broad, adaptable programme aims to provide personalised professional education which equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed for effective working in contemporary and future healthcare. It provides access to a broad range of modules which reflect the breadth of UCL and span all aspects of clinical practice, professional development, research, service improvement and healthcare delivery.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of one core module (15 credits) and seven optional modules (105 credits), flexible 2-5 years is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprised of one core module (15 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits), flexible 1-2 years is offered.

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
-Research Methods in Healthcare or a suitable alternative

Optional modules - options can be chosen from each of these three categories:
-Professional Development (e.g. leadership, clinical education, research skills, health informatics)
-Clinical practice/patient care
-Service Improvement

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected.


The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which supports a worldwide interest in the NHS's commitment to incorporating elements of clinical governance/law/ethics, quality improvement, health informatics, leadership and change management, and educational supervision into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers. This is a new programme but it has already enabled some participants to develop their career either by progressing on an existing career path or venturing into new arenas.

The programme allows participants to add value to their career by studying new areas which are relevant to their current or potential future employers. Participants are encouraged to obtain maximum value from their studies by, for example, using assignments to feed back to employers via workplace initiatives, the facilitation of in-house learning events, and by seeking wider opportunities to publicise their work professionally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme focuses on the particular needs of the individual. Participants are supported in selecting modules from an ever-expanding 'library' to assemble their own curriculum reflecting their needs and interests and those of their employers.

Key features are:
-Access to a unique and expanding range of generic and specialist healthcare modules.
-Intensive, ongoing use of the personal development process to support participants on a one-to-one basis in reviewing their evolving professional needs and tailoring their studies accordingly.
-Extensive opportunities to network with fellow professionals, senior academics and experts from across UCL and beyond.
-The opportunity to schedule study in a way convenient to participants' circumstances.

Visit the Health and Medical Sciences - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students who do not meet these requirements but have appropriate professional experience will also be considered. Students who have previously undertaken CPD may apply for accreditation of prior learning.

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