Health Studies MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

30 September 2019

Duration

3 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472699

About the course

This course offers registered healthcare practitioners the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills within their specialist area of practice.

It provides you with an innovative and flexible approach to learning, as well as a range of modules which enable you to develop a course to meet your individual learning needs. You will have the opportunity to develop your advanced thinking and leadership skills. These will be closely linked to your personal and practice development, as well as the needs of the changing workforce.

This course has been designed to take workforce development priorities into consideration, all of the modules were developed in partnership with educational leads from clinical practice and aim to support your knowledge development and application in practice.

Through personal development planning you will be encouraged to reflect on and continue to develop your current and ongoing knowledge, skills and competence as a professional. Personal development processes also provides a medium for recording your progress and creating an effective CV which may be used to update your personal portfolio linked to professional body requirements. Learning is facilitated from our contemporary, purpose built campus which is supported by exceptional online resources and computing and library services.

This course has given me the opportunity to explore subjects in much greater depth and develop analytical skills. I have been supported by skilled, enthusiastic academic staff who have helped me to develop the skills and knowledge relevant to my clinical practice, as well as encouraged me to pursue areas of particular interest to me individually.

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Jayne Bargh, graduated from Health Studies MSc

Course detail

Students will normally select 60 credits in years one and two from a list which may include:

Assessment and Examination of the Newborn

You will examine the evidence-based theory underpinning the physical examination of the newborn, developing your clinical skills to enable you to practice competently in this area. You are required to submit a portfolio providing evidence of having completed 30 newborn examinations, 15 of which will be supervised by your mentor in clinical practice, and demonstrating your achievement of the competences needed to carry out an examination of a newborn (Pass/refer/fail). You will also be assessed through the submission of written coursework.

Assessment, Care and Management of the Acutely Ill Individual

You’ll be provided with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of acute illness or traumatic injury along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care. Emphasis throughout the module will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care. You’ll be assessed through two pieces of coursework.

Case Management of Individuals with Long Term Conditions

This module provides the opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the short and long term clinical management of the individual with long term conditions. Throughout the module you’ll need to take into consideration the implications for patients and carers facing the reality of living well, or dying as a result of a long term condition. You’ll develop your history taking, clinical assessment and examination skills to inform the principles of case management and therapeutic interventions. You’ll be assessed through two pieces of coursework.

Critical Care - Knowledge and Skills (Stage 2)

Structured around the Critical Care National Network stage 2 competencies, this module will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of critical illness along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care. You will focus your studies on developing your knowledge and applying skills in critical care practice. Emphasis is placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with the development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework

Critical Care - Advanced Knowledge and Skills (Stage 3)

Structured around the Critical Care National Network stage 3 competencies, this module will provide you with opportunity to enhance your advanced knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of critical illness along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care. You will focus your studies on developing your knowledge and applying skills in critical care practice. Emphasis throughout the module will be placed on holistic assessment of the individual with the development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework.

End of Life Care

This module will provide you with opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of effective palliative/end of life care. You will focus your studies on the enhancement of your knowledge, skills and essential attributes required to drive high quality care for the individual with palliative care needs along with their families/carers in a variety of health and social care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum end of life care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework.

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

This module helps to prepare you to be an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. You will explore the relevant law, ethics, policy, evidence -based and practice components of prescribing. You will be assessed through coursework, an examination in pharmacology and numeracy, in practice by your medical mentor, as well as complete an in-class test which will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis.

Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care Practice

In this module, practitioners within a leadership role will have the opportunity to further develop knowledge of leadership and management theories and strategies, enabling you to ethically manage people and resources and effect change. You will explore how services are developed and commissioned and evaluate the role of the leader lobbying and influencing change in the care arena. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • Applicants must currently work in a health or social care setting. You must be registered with a relevant statutory body such as the NMC or HCPC if you would like to undertake modules linked to UK professional body recognition.
  • International students must be registered with a relevant professional body in their country of origin and will not be eligible for any NMC or HCPC recognition whilst undertaking this course or on its completion.
  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

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Placements


Compulsory practice elements may exist in some of the option modules and alternative modules may be available to accommodate international students.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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