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Health Studies (MSc)

Course Description

This programme offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and develop the skills and expertise requirements of senior health professionals.

About the programme

Healthcare is evolving, placing an emphasis on the integration of health and social services to become more client-focused. You will enhance your existing skills base to develop academically and professionally and become an effective strategic leader.

NB: Applicants must have the English language and literary skills as per university guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules.

Your learning

The programme consists of core and option study modules set within a framework of inter-related themes including: contemporary issues; role enhancement; and evidence-based practice. Modules reflect relevant contemporary issues for healthcare professionals and are mapped against the core and specific dimensions of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. These are equally applicable to many professional and organisational groups. You will also have the opportunity to study areas of particular interest.

The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits i.e. one core and two option modules. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits – two core and one option module. MSc students must also complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module – 60 credits.

To gain the award of MSc Health Studies, students must complete 180 credits. Core modules include:

- Postgraduate Certificate:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges

- Postgraduate Diploma:
• Social Marketing in Health
• Research for Health and Social Care

Option modules include:
• Case Management within Family Health
• Clinical Teaching
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Independent Study
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Working with Families
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare

- MSc:
Research and Enquiry Dissertation (60 credits) – normally one year to complete.

Our Careers Adviser says

UWS graduates enjoy enhanced employability prospects within various health-related work areas including health improvement and
public health; health, nursing and midwifery; and management in the health and education sectors. Graduates have secured promotion as nurse consultants and others have taken up posts as university lecturers or developed lead roles within their organisation.

Students may undertake further study within UWS e.g. PhD and Professional Doctoral studies.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Health Studies (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dave Ray

UWS was a university of choice for me – I’d explored a number of other options but the programme I chose, MSc Health Studies, fit with my own personal goals. The programme is suitable not only for graduates, but for people like me who already have extensive healthcare experience who wish to build on and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Every day I have experiences at UWS where I feel valued – there’s a personalised approach to learning and the University recognises my skills and knowledge. I give value to the University and the University adds value to my life.


Entry Requirements

The programme is aimed at health professional graduates or those with substantial professional experience at a senior level. Applications are welcome from a wide range of backgrounds such as nursing, midwifery, health improvement, ambulance service, social work and allied health professionals e.g. dieticians, occupational therapists, podiatrists etc. You will normally have a first degree or demonstrate relevant senior management experience in a health-related area.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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