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Contemporary Healthcare (MSc)

Course Description

Do you want to continue your professional development in nursing, midwifery and healthcare? Our contemporary programmes reflect political and professional changes in healthcare and will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in this challenging sector. With the option to study part-time over three years, you can pick the modules you want to study and choose how you learn. And you’ll leave fully equipped to provide more effective, efficient and quality patient care across many sectors.

Key features

- Choose one of five specialisations, which include contemporary health in: advanced practice, health genetics, community nursing, child or midwifery. Alternatively, choose the generic contemporary health award – which can be at Pg Cert, Pg Dip or masters degree level.

- Choose your learning journey – the flexibility of our programme structure gives you the power to choose which pathway to follow.

- Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with core and optional modules.

- Engage in a contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment.

- Learn through research-informed teaching, which is embedded across a curriculum with a professorial level embedded in its design and delivery.

- Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the teaching of masters level modules and a diverse range of health and social care knowledge.

- Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. With face-to-face and distance learning, you can learn the way you want to.

- Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to complete aspects of your course using work-based learning, e-learning or direct contact methods.

- Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part-time over the course of three years.

Course details

Postgraduate Certificate - to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll be able to study a variety of modules from any of the pathways on our programme, with most of the modules worth 20 or 30 credits.

Postgraduate Diploma - to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. 60 of these will be made up from three core modules, each worth 20 credits: advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2, and health and social care futures. Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the Postgraduate Diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.


If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact our Professional Development team:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus

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

Entry Requirements

A relevant first degree or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care. Those without a degree but with relevant practice related experience may be eligible to apply.

Course Fees

Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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