MRes (HSC) Health and Social Care

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP14500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
The University of Manchester | Manchester, United Kingdom
The MRes Health and Social Care (MRes HSC) programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care contexts.

Description of (HSC) Health and Social Care

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The MRes Health and Social Care (MRes HSC) programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care contexts.

The MRes HSC is for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers in health and/or social care where research is a core component. The majority of modules within the programme are shared with other students undertaking MSc and MPhil/PhD study.

The course is delivered mainly online but is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and 1 mid-semester study day in both semester 1 and 2.

Career opportunities

The MRes HSC is for health and social care professionals and others who seek a research career or require research training as a constituent part of their current or future roles, and for researchers who desire a sound health and social care orientated research training.

The programme provides a comprehensive education and training in health and social care research as an excellent foundation for students who wish to go forward to study for a PhD.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as soon as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6500 Year (EEA)
MRes (part-time distance learning)UK/EU students: £2,166
International students: £4,833 per annum
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The aims of the course are to:

  • Enable students to further develop systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health and social care practice at an individual and/or organisational level

  • Contribute to building capacity and capability for research and evidence based practice by equipping students with in-depth knowledge and essential skills to critically appraise, apply, design and undertake high-quality research in a range of health and social care settings

  • Enhance the quality and evidence base for health and social care research, practice and service development through the provision of robust research training in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources and expertise in research and practice

  • Promote lifelong learning in students, and enhance their opportunities to pursue a variety of research careers and/or further research training which support and advance clinical and health and social care knowledge, research and practice

  • Equip students with key transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, effective communication, team and multi-disciplinary working, use of IT/health informatics and logical and systematic approaches to problem-solving and decision-making

Special features

The MRes HSC programme has a unique interdisciplinary focus drawing on the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned lecturers and practitioners from many different fields including nursing, midwifery, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, psychology and medicine.

Managed primarily through the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, the programme is also delivered by and benefits from strong collaborations across the Faculty, NHS and Social Care including the School of Psychological Sciences (SPS), the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Institute of Population Health .

The delivery of the programme within the context of outstanding multi-professional research expertise, well established partnerships with the NHS and Social Care, excellent teaching and learning and high student support, means that students undertaking the programme can be assured of an excellent research education and training and an award of which they can be proud.

Additional course information

School overview

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work boasts a national and international reputation for teaching and research across nursing, social work and related health and social care disciplines. It was placed top of the table for nursing and midwifery research in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).This combined with an excellent result from the 2006 QAA Major Review of Healthcare programmes means that by choosing to study at The University of Manchester students can be assured of a qualification of high quality.

The School of Psychological Sciences is a centre of research and teaching excellence, encompassing psychology, speech and language therapy, audiology, and clinical psychology. All professionally qualifying courses received the highest rating from the QAA Major Review of Healthcare programmes and, in the 2008 RAE, 85-90% of research across all disciplines was recognised as being of international significance.The School also plays a major role in the Neuroscience Research Institute and is an important member of the University-wide Health Sciences research.

Teaching and learning

The programme is primarily delivered online to maximise access and increase flexibility. A variety of summative assessment methods are utilised which enable the integration of theory and practice and build on continuous formative assessment exercises which are part of each module with a variety of interactive, stimulating on-line exercises with regular self-assessment and feedback being a key feature.

Online components of the programme are complemented by opportunities for face-face learning and networking between students, programme and research staff through two 4-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools and 2 mid-semester study days.

These study schools include workshops and seminars delivered by research experts from a range of disciplines. The winter study school includes a research conference, with key note speakers and sessions presenting overviews of recent and ongoing studies with an emphasis on the process and methods of conducting these studies as well as the outcomes.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of summative assessment methods are utilised which enable the integration of theory and practice and build on continuous formative assessment exercises which are part of each module materials - a variety of interactive, stimulating online exercises with regular self-assessment and feedback.

Online communication and academic support

The relationship and communication between academic staff and students is recognised as an essential element of the learning process. High standards of supervision and communication are facilitated on the course in a variety of ways:

  • Web-based audio-visual tutorials: individual and group

  • Web-based collaboration areas and discussion boards

  • Shared digital documents

  • Support from supervisor and academic advisors online, telephone and face to face

  • Peer support through course specific discussion boards and face to face meetings

Digital communication technologies is extensively used by the School for the support of postgraduate students. Evaluation has demonstrated the benefits of such in ensuring regular, frequent and rewarding communication between postgraduate students and academic staff and supervisors.

Course unit details

MRes HSC comprises 6 taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a 90-credit dissertation unit.

Taught units focus on:

  • Foundations of research or Managing Research in Clinical Practice

  • Research design

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis

  • Quantitative research design and analysis

  • Qualitative research design and analysis and statistics

  • Statistics

The dissertation unit comprises a thesis derived from the undertaking of a supervised, research project relevant to Health and/or Social Care

PGDip Res HSC comprises 6 taught unit areas as above (90 academic credits in total) and a mini-dissertation (30 academic credits).

PGCert Res HSC comprises 4 taught units (60 academic credits in total) from the 6 taught unit areas outlined above.

Course content for year 1

Full-time study

6 taught units in the following areas:

  • Foundations of research or Managing research in a clinical setting

  • Research design

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis

  • Quantitative research design and analysis

  • Qualitative research design and analysis

  • Statistics

Plus a

  • Dissertation

Part-time study

4 taught units from the following areas:Foundations of research or Managing research in a clinical setting

  • Research design

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis

  • Quantitative research design and analysis

  • Qualitative research design and analysis

  • Statistics

Course content for year 2

Part-time study

2 taught units from the following areas:

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis

  • Quantitative research design and analysis

  • Qualitative research design and analysis

  • Statistics

Plus a

  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
7
TOEFL paper-based test score
623
TOEFL iBT® test
106

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for (HSC) Health and Social Care

  • An honours first degree (normally 2.1 or above, *) in a relevant subject from an approved higher education institution.

and

  • For part-time students, written support of their employer to attend the programme and to complete any necessary requirements.

* Applicants with a 2:2 honours first degree may be considered on the basis of documented evidence of exceptional innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and publications. Such evidence must be clearly described in any application.

English language

Candidates whose first language is not English must have one of the following:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a score of 6.5 or above in each component

  • TOEFL 623 paper based

  • TOEFL 106 internet based (with a minimum score of 20 in each component)

  • TOEFL 250 computer based

  • GCSE English grade C

Work Experience for (HSC) Health and Social Care

No work experience is required.

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