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Health and Social Care MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary

This course is designed to help you identify and lead your own professional development within your health or social care career. The modular structure of our MSc in Health and Social Care allows you to personalise the programme to your specific interests, working on a module-by-module basis for maximum flexibility. You’ll study three compulsory modules, starting with a unit focused on developing analytical skills for professional practice, and move on to modules of your choosing in areas like safeguarding, clinical diagnostics and dementia care. Studying the theory of your chosen subjects, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a broader awareness of current issues within health and social care practice; researching themes in depth, developing evidence-based concepts, and working in our advanced Clinical Simulation Suite. The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy your work. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to help you advance your career in health and social care.

Course Highlights: The part-time MSc in Health and Social Care is a modular course, allowing for flexibility of study to fit around your commitments. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art Bolton One facility, where you can get hands-on experience in the specialist Clinical Simulation Suite. We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from the programme’s strong strategic partnerships with local NHS and social care organisations. Key Features: Our dedicated academic team have a wealth of experience working in NHS settings and are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching; We’ve been offering high-quality courses, specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector, for over 30 years; As you study this course, you will be encouraged to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, such as the 6C’s, action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect and commitment to quality.

Career Opportunities: A Master’s degree in Health and Social Care examines health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There is a growing demand for health and social care workers who are not restricted by boundaries and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities. This Master’s degree is designed to help you develop a range of key transferable and employability skills including written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, research and data analysis skills, the ability to provide support and guidance, and work in complex and demanding situations. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Dissertation - Core
Developing critical analytical skills for professional practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students are expected to have successfully completed an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have appropriate work experience. If they have a relevant professional qualification and/or substantial experience in a relevant field of practice, then we’ll be happy to consider their application.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more