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Professional Health and Social Care Studies MSc

MSc Professional Health and Social Care Studies

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Why York St John University?

The Faculty of Health & Life Sciences covers the fields of Health, Psychology and Sport.

The Faculty places the quality of the student experience at the heart of its work and endeavours to ensure that you achieve the highest possible standards and have an enjoyable learning experience.

We have extensive contacts with employers across the region in the NHS, local authority, voluntary and business sectors, and staff are encouraged to be involved in research activity, knowledge transfer and business development activities.


What will I study?

The programme’s flexibility enables you to fit your learning around work and life
commitments, choosing what you study and how long you take to study.

To complete the MSc you must pass modules of 180 credits, of which at least 150 must be at M level (the remainder can be at Level 3).

You must complete the following compulsory modules:

  • Evidence Based Practice (30 credits)
  • Research Methods for Health and Social Care Professionals (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

You are then able to choose generic or specific modules to a further 60 credits to meet your needs.

Current individual modules from this programme

Modules may be taken as stand alone options or you can achieve a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or University Certificate in a specialist pathway rather than taking the full Masters programme. This will enable you to try out some studying without having to commit to the full Masters programme straightaway.

For the Certificate, you must undertake 60 credits, including Evidence Based Practice in a minimum of one year (maximum two years).

The Diploma is gained through a further 60 credits, usually two additional modules to be taken in the second year.

Participants from the Diploma may extend their studies by completing a dissertation to complete the required credits for the MSc.


Who is the MSc for?

The programme is attractive to anyone working in a health and social care setting with a desire to build on their knowledge and practical experience through relevant inter professional learning and research.

The professional group attracted to this course include a wide range of professions from across the health and social care field including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Social Workers, Care Workers, a range of Allied Health Professionals, Medical staff and Podiatrists.

The specialist pathway is of particular interest to those working in Housing.


How long will it take to study?

You may choose to pursue a ‘fast-track’ two year route or you may take up to five years. The choice is dependent on the time available to you.

Modules vary in length from one day to eight days over a number of weeks and months.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is linked to the use of evidence and research, applied to a practice context.

Each module is assessed individually, examples include practical examination, research proposal, written assignments, making presentations and leading discussions.


Degree programme information

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