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Delivery of Primary Health Care (MSc/PGCert)

Course Description

MSc Delivery of Primary Health Care at Winchester is designed for qualified doctors who have trained for General Practice, providing a progression route to enable students who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Delivery of Primary Health Care to exit with a Masters qualification.

Programme Content

The programme aims to facilitate graduates who have broadened their knowledge and skill sets beyond clinical medicine. Various cross-cutting themes and aims help develop a culture of self-critical, self-motivated lifelong learning, fostering leadership skills within the setting of the ever-changing political and economic structures of the NHS. Students develop an understanding of critically appraising research and the value this brings to practice by carrying out their own small scale research projects within the ethical boundaries of primary health care.

The programme offers a flexible route to a Masters award, and although the programme uses existing research modules students consider primary health care as the focus for their studies.

Students take both a qualitative and quantitative research methods module, taking more credits in one of these depending on their proposed Independent Study methodology (for example, a student intending to undertake a quantitative methodology for their Independent Study would choose a 40 credit quantitative methods module). Students are supplied with guidance as to which methodology they should choose. Students have free choice over whether they undertake taught or distance learning modules.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msc-delivery-of-primary-health-care.aspx


- Quantitative Methods in Social Research
- Qualitative Methods in Social Research
- Independent Study

Learning and Teaching

The majority of modules have generic learning outcomes that can be achieved in relation to a wide variety of subject specific topics and questions. This enables students to focus on their developing professional career in primary health care in the context of an ever-changing NHS.


Assessment takes the form of essay and report writing, leading small groups and presentations.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


The NHS is constantly changing and new reforms continue to shape the future of general practice. By offering this MSc as a progression route from the PgCert Delivery of Primary Health Care, students are prepared to become the future leaders in an ever-changing NHS.

Visit the Delivery of Primary Health Care (MSc/PGCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Qualified GP on the General Medical Council list, having successfully undertaken the PgCert Delivery of Primary Health Care at the University of Winchester. Qualified GPs with relevant experience and qualifications would be considered via RPL. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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