M.Sc. Health Studies / PGDip / PGCert

  • On Campus
  • 13 months
  • GBP17250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
This programme is designed to enable you to further develop your knowledge of current health care at the depth and breadth appropriate to Masters level work. The scope and flexibility of the programme will appeal to individuals with a theoretical interest in health-related issues, and is particularly suited to those who are seeking a non-clinical programme of study.

Description of Health Studies / PGDip / PGCert


This programme is designed to enable you to further develop your knowledge of current health care at the depth and breadth appropriate to Masters level work. In planning the programme and its delivery, we have sought to create a student-centred, flexible programme that enables you to select modules that meet your individual learning needs, career aspirations and interests.
The scope and flexibility of the programme will appeal to individuals with a theoretical interest in health-related issues, and is particularly suited to those who are seeking a non-clinical programme of study. The programme is open to health care professionals or individuals with an interest in health.

As the programme is designed around an individual student’s personal, academic and professional development, it is a platform for students to enhance their knowledge and skills with their capacity for applying this new knowledge across new settings. Outcomes are evaluated through academic success and attainment, subsequent graduate development, future career choice and professional enhancement destinies reported when learners have completed their course of study. Typically, students graduating with the MSc Health Studies seek the following opportunities.

  1. Graduate entry medicine
  2. Higher degrees / PhD programmes
  3. Undertake new and enhanced professional roles within the workplace within the wide field of health and social welfare. This may include roles within leadership, management, research and teaching)
  4. International students return to their home nations with new skills to work within the indigenous context of health and welfare, health protection / health promotion.
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Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 17250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 9240 Year (EEA)

Fees dependent on module choices.

Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 13 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 72 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

You will take the following three mandatory modules.Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Advancing Practice through Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Research Dissertation – MSc only (60 credits)
  • In addition, you will choose four option modules to the value of 80 credits (subject to availability and viability).
For this programme, it is also possible to take relevant M Level modules from within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences . These would form part of the optional modules you are to choose as part of the MSc Health Studies programme. Our optional modules are each worth 20 credits, therefore, if you wish to take modules on offer within the School, these will also need to equate to 20 credits. We advise applicants to discuss this with academic staff either as part of the application process or during interview.
Optional Modules within Nursing and Physiotherapy (no pre-requisites)- please select 80 credits from the following 2 sets of options
  • Current Issues in Health (20 credits)
  • Project Management and Research Governance (20 credits)
  • Work Based Continuous Professional Development (20 credits)
Optional Modules within Nursing and Physiotherapy (there may be pre-requisites you need to fulfil to choose these options)
  • From Neurons to Society (20 credits)
  • Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation 1: Cognitive Neuropsychological Basis of Practice (10 credits)
  • Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy 1
  • Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy 2

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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 Health Studies / PGDip / PGCert

Admission to the programme is on the basis that applicants will have a BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. (Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found. The degree should normally be a first- or upper second-class Honours degree.

You will also need to submit the following documentation in support of your application:

  • two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and practical capabilities;
  • transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate).

English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

Work Experience for Health Studies / PGDip / PGCert

No work experience is required.

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