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Contemporary Healthcare (Children and Young People) (MSc)

Course Description

Do you want to contribute to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children? The health and social care needs of children and young people are increasingly acute and complex, requiring services provided by professionals working in a range of roles and settings. Equip yourself with the enhanced knowledge and skills to make a difference with MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Children and Young People).

Key features

Advance your knowledge and skills to enable you to contribute effectively to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children and young people.

Focus on modules suitable for health and social care practitioners in a range of settings who are responsible for supporting, delivering and managing the care needs of children and young people and their families.

Enhance your professional practice by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.

Develop your clinical decision-making and leadership skills in a range of situations and contexts both independently and within multi-professional/ multi-agency teams.

Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge.

Design and carry out research that will contribute to child- and/or family-centred care.

Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to complete aspects of your course through face-to-face contact, APEL or work-based learning.

Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

This programme is designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in the holistic care of children and young people in a range of settings. To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three child-specific modules worth 20 credits each, normally: enhanced knowledge and skills in children’s high dependency care; management of children/young people requiring urgent or emergency care; and the child and young person with mental health needs, although other relevant modules will be considered on an individual basis.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you need to earn a further 60 credits, 40 of which will be made up from the core research modules, each worth 20 credits: advancing research knowledge in practice 1 and 2. For a full Master of Science degree, you 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 an area of study related to children and young people.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1:
You will need to undertake three 20 credit pathway specific modules from those listed below, normally during Year 1 of the programme. Please note that if you are based in a community setting, module MCH511 ‘Work Based Learning in Community Contexts’ can replace IMS544. This cannot replace any other module. For further information on this please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Year 2:
In addition to the core modules you will also need to complete a further relevant 20 credit module. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further details on which modules may be suitable.

Final year: Dissertation
Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.


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

International applicants

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

Applicants where English is not the first language must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice i.e. IELTS minimum of 7 in each part.

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

Entry Requirements

You should hold current registration with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council and meet the University’s requirement for study at postgraduate level. Those without a degree but with relevant practice related experience may be eligible to apply. Candidates without a first degree at 2.1 or above will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

Course Fees

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

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