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
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
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
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
Modules for the MSc
Any two specialist modules from the full module
list totalling 60 credits
- Research Methods
- Evaluating Evidence & Effecting Change
- Research Paper
Below is a full list of the specialist modules
available, (all are 30 credit modules):
- Multi-Professional Approaches to Long-Term
- Health Coaching & Behaviour Change
- Activity, Participation & Personhood in
- Facilitating Activity & Participation in
Care Settings for Dementia
- AHP Leadership – Service Innovation &
- AHP Leadership – Workplace Stress &
- 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
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.
- 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.
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
- Appraise research paradigms which inform
- Evaluate theory and evidence based
- Analyse the formulation of research
- Explore a range of research methodologies and
- Reflect on the ethical principles which underpin
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.
- 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
- 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
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
Degree programme information