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Postgraduate study
 

Course overview

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

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.

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Course details

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.

Course structure

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 care. 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 learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.

 

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.

 

or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 2 core modules

Developing 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 course.

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.

 

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.

 
 

Entry requirements

You 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.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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Employability

Career opportunities

You'll understand and synthesise 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.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£5,900 a year

Or NHS funded. Please contact the School for more details.

More details about our fees

Fee for international applicants
£12,045 a year

More details about our fees for international applicants

  • Length: 1 year
  • Enrolment date: October
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Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£655 for each 20 credits

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Daytime and evening
  • Enrolment date: October
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Progress

Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

Campus

Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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Open days

16 November 2019
Postgraduate open day

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