Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Health and Social Care Sciences (Generic pathway)

This course has been developed to ensure that you have the opportunity to consider a range of central scientific foundations of health and social care.

Course information

Full-time

  • 12 months

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Part-time

  • 3 years

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  • Daytime and evening
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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    School of Health & Social care postgraduate study

    Find out how studying health and social care at postgraduate level can boost your career opportunities and what Teesside University has to offer.

 

It enables you to:

  • develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of key concepts and principles across the health and social care sciences
  • evaluate critically the contribution of and inter-relationships between the sciences underpinning health and social care
  • draw on acquired knowledge to contribute to the development of contemporary health and social care.

Core modules introduce key concepts which underpin health and social care sciences and how you can apply them to context. These include health economics, sociology, health and social care policy, health psychology and evidence-based practice. You also study two option modules. In addition you conduct your own research project.

Modules

Year 1 core modules

Bio-psychosocial Paradigms in Health and Social Care

This module explores the scientific foundations and practical applications of the bio-medical, psychological and social theories and models that underpin health and social care. Indicative content is focused upon key topics such as origins and development of the bio-medical, psychological and social perspectives of health and social care; theories/models of health behaviour change; and psycho-biological models. Bio-psychosocial conceptualisations of contemporary health and social care problems and interventions at the primary, secondary and tertiary level of prevention (such as alcohol consumption) are also addressed.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health and social care practitioner. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also apply the principles of change management to affect how you use research in health and social care. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning, formal lectures and seminars.

You are able to opt for a traditional taught approach or an open route that uses e-learning to deliver content – or a mix of both approaches according to your needs.

If you are an international student, you can discuss with the programme leader whether blended learning is appropriate.

 

and one optional module

Global Health

This module develops your knowledge base with regard to global public health issues. It aims to provide an in-depth examination of the concept of global health in general terms, and compares health and health inequalities between the first and the poor world.

Negotiated Learning

This module allows you to explore a specific area of professional practice, critically evaluating relevant theory, and researching and linking theory to professional practice. You must attend the class for two days. An allocated tutor supports your independent study.

Work-based Learning

The aim of this module is to allow postgraduate medical doctors to accredit learning developed in clinical practice. It is available to medical staff from diverse specialisms who are looking for a way to accredit practice-based learning as part of an approved master’s programme.

 

or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 2 core modules

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Health and Social Care in Context

This module explores the substance of relevant health and social care policies, and also the key factors impacting on the policy and decision-making process. In particular, this module explores the impact of economic, political, technological, social and cultural factors.

 

and one optional module

Global Health

This module develops your knowledge base with regard to global public health issues. It aims to provide an in-depth examination of the concept of global health in general terms, and compares health and health inequalities between the first and the poor world.

Negotiated Learning

This module allows you to explore a specific area of professional practice, critically evaluating relevant theory, and researching and linking theory to professional practice. You must attend the class for two days. An allocated tutor supports your independent study.

Work-based Learning

The aim of this module is to allow postgraduate medical doctors to accredit learning developed in clinical practice. It is available to medical staff from diverse specialisms who are looking for a way to accredit practice-based learning as part of an approved master’s programme.

 

or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 3 core modules

Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

A range of learning and teaching strategies are used, including lectures, student-led seminars and computer-based workshops. The development of key skills including presentation skills, ICT skills and collaborative working is a significant feature of the course and these activities take place in a variety of locations using both traditional teaching and learning methods and e-learning approaches. Active participation in class discussion and activities is encouraged. Face-to-face activities are supplemented with the use of electronic materials via Blackboard. Individual tutorial support is also utilised to support learning, particularly in the Dissertation module.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment strategies are used to provide variety of experience, to challenge and extend you, to give feedback as a basis for advancement and as a measure of your learning and skill development. These include reports, oral presentations, assignments, projects and a dissertation.

Career opportunities

You'll understand and synthesize various complex issues surrounding the health and social care arenas. In addition you'll enhance your ability to implement evidence-based practice, and undertake and publish research in your field.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree (2.2 classification or above). Applicants who do not have English as their first language are expected to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Course information

Full-time

  • 12 months

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 3 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime and evening
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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