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Professional Health and Social Care Studies MSc

MSc Professional Health and Social Care

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Why York St John University?

The Faculty of Health & Life Sciences specialises in the fields of Health, Psychology, Counselling and Sport.  We place the quality of student experience at the heart of our work and endeavour to ensure that you achieve the highest possible standards and have an enjoyable learning experience.

Our Masters programmes in health and social care give you the chance to advance their knowledge and practice as well as grounding their learning in your own practical experiences.


About the programme

The MSc in Professional Health & Social Care allows you to select two of the specialist modules covering a range of topics.

It also includes three research based modules that emphasise the development of skills that allow practitioners to crucially appraise sources of evidence and apply it in order to bring about improvement within a health and social care setting.

Programme Aims:
The programme will enable graduates to demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of complex issues associated with health and social care and critically evaluate evidence in this area to improve practice.

To complete the Masters programme you must pass all the modules listed below. 

Modules for the MSc

Any two specialist modules from the full module list totalling 60 credits

  • Research Methods 
  • Evaluating Evidence & Effecting Change
  • Research Paper


Specialist Modules

Below is a full list of the specialist modules available, (all are 30 credit modules):

  • Multi-Professional Approaches to Long-Term Conditions
  • Health Coaching & Behaviour Change
  • Activity, Participation & Personhood in Dementia
  • Facilitating Activity & Participation in Care Settings for Dementia
  • AHP Leadership – Service Innovation & Transformation
  • AHP Leadership – Workplace Stress &  Resilience
  • Active & Productive Ageing 
  • Modernising Services for Older People
  • Housing & Inclusive Design
  • Evaluation of Housing Interventions


Compulsory Masters Modules

Evaluating Evidence and Effecting Change

Professionals working in health and/or social care services are expected to be able to locate and critique relevant evidence to maintain and improve the quality of the service delivered.

Despite the prominence of the notion of evidence-based practice it is widely recognised that the application of evidence to practice is complex and involves a number of challenges.

This module enables you to critically engage with the contemporary understanding of evidence based practice in order to improve the application of evidence to practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on current service provision so to identify areas of improvement.
  • Critically analyse evidence and the methods on which it is based.
  • Critically apply evidence in a manner that promotes positive change.


Research Methods

The aim of this module is to facilitate students to becoming informed consumers and producers of research.

You will produce a research proposal, have the opportunity to reflect upon and learn from written feedback, engage in dialogue with staff about the assessment process and produce a revised draft of the proposal in response to the formative feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appraise research paradigms which inform knowledge construction.
  • Evaluate theory and evidence based knowledge.
  • Analyse the formulation of research questions.
  • Explore a range of research methodologies and analytical strategies.
  • Reflect on the ethical principles which underpin research.


Research Paper

The aim of this module is to facilitate the production of a written manuscript of publishable quality that addresses a research question of significance in an area of interest and/or clinical relevance.

You will integrate knowledge from prior modules in order to identify and answer a specific research question.  You will plan and conduct a research investigation and disseminate its findings through the production of a written manuscript in a recognised journal format.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Frame a research question within the context of the extant literature.
  • Identify, justify and implement a methodology appropriate to the question.
  • Critically reflect on the ethical principles which underpin the research, and by meeting appropriate ethical standards for research, demonstrate the ability to work ethically.
  • Employ appropriate analytical strategies.
  • Present research findings in a recognised journal format for manuscript submission.
  • Critically evaluate research findings in the context of the extant research, policy and practice literature.


Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for allied health professionals working in a health and social care setting with a desire to build on their knowledge and practical experience through relevant multi-professional learning and research.


How long will it take to study?

You may choose to pursue the programmes at a pace that suits you, dependent on the time available to you. You could undertake a Masters part-time from two years, but you must complete it within five years.

Modules vary in length, delivered over a number of weeks or months. A three year part-time course would include two modules in year 1, two modules in year 2, and a dissertation in year 3.


Degree programme information

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