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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc Health Studies offers health and social care professionals the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and develop the skills and expertise requirements of senior health and social care professionals and strategic leaders. Modules reflect relevant contemporary issues for healthcare professionals and are mapped against the core and specific dimensions of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. These are equally applicable to many professional and organisational groups. You will also have the opportunity to select areas of particular interest that are meaningful and relevant within your own organisation/work setting. Graduates have enjoyed enhanced employment prospects in health improvement and public health settings. Upon graduation you will have the capacity to become leaders within your sphere of practice and take up senior roles within: health, nursing or midwifery; NHS management; practice development. Our School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery offers academic and professional courses which include the following examples of further, research study/progression routes: Master of Research (MRes); Research Master of Philosophy (MPhil); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Professional Doctorate (DProf). Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

Different course options

Study mode



5 years

Start date



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£790 per module (20 credits) - This fee is for Scottish students. The same fee is also applicable for English, Northern Irish & Welsh and Channel Island & Isle of Man.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£820 per module (20 credits)

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a first degree or demonstrate relevant senior management experience in a health-related area. Applications are welcome from a wide range of backgrounds such as: Nursing; Midwifery; health improvement; ambulance service; social work; allied health professionals e.g. dieticians; occupational therapists; podiatrists; third sector professionals.

University information

With around 19,000 students, from over 140 countries around the world, the University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s biggest modern universities. Each year, around 600 postgraduate students choose to study at UWS. The location of their west of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley means that they are the local university for over 30% of the population of central Scotland. However, their growing national...more

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