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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

On this programme you will critically evaluate contemporary thinking and its impact upon sexual health knowledge and practice. Compulsory modules explore and evaluate the specific knowledge and skills required for the study of sexual health studies at Master’s level, evaluating underpinning philosophies and relationships which influence evidence-based practice, within sexual health and covering critical thinking, moral reasoning, professionalism and skills development. Optional modules are available providing you with choice and flexibility to meet individual practice and professional needs. The clinical modules on this course have been specifically designed to enable first level NMC Registered Practitioners to prepare to be able to undertake further professional qualifications including the Nurse Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (NDFSRH) and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV STIF Competencies.

Depending on choice of optional modules, assessment will include: essays, critical reflective account, written reports, project work, presentation of research proposal, oral presentations, clinical competency documentation, case studies, development of teaching materials, summary of recommendations for clinical practice, and a dissertation of 15,000 words. Students may wish to transfer from the MSc Sexual Health to enter the Professional Doctorate when they have completed 120 credits. Students are requested to seek advice and support from the Course Leader to ensure their profile is appropriate in meeting the admissions criteria of this programme.

Different course options

Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | JAN

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



MW4016 Critical Thinking and Challenges in Sexual Health (20 Credits) - Core
NU4025 Introduction to Post Graduate Research (20 Credits) - Core
NU4053 Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
NU4073 Evidence for Practice (20 Credits) - Core
NU4140 Advanced Work-based Project (60 Credits) - Core
MW4063 Contraception: First Issuing of Hormonal Contraceptives (20 Credits)
U4096 / NU4097 (online) Multi Professional Support of Learning and Assessing in Practice (20 Credits)
MW4019 Contraception: Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
MW4018 Contraception and Sexual Health Update (20 Credits)
MW4040 Student Initiated Module (10 Credits)
EH4101 Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 Credits)
MW4102 Preparation of Teachers: Health and Social Care Professions (20 Credits)
MW4017 Cervical Screening in Practice (10 Credits)
MW4061 Sexually Transmitted Infections: Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
NU4023 Non-Medical Prescribing (40 Credits)
EH4100 Teaching Toolkit (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Student need a recognised British Honours degree in a health related subject or equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas Higher Education Institution. This must have been achieved within the last 10 years, with a minimum lower second classification or above; Demonstrate evidence of successful academic study at a minimum of Level 6 or equivalent, normally within the last 3 years; Be able to provide two satisfactory references (one must be academic and a further personal reference from your employing organisation or equivalent; A DBS will be required for students who undertake modules with clinical placement requirements.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more