Health Sciences Open Award, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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The MSc Health Sciences Open Award, offered by Oxford Brookes University, allows you to build a bespoke Master’s degree pathway. You can access a wide range of modules across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and combine these into an MSc pathway.


The award offers opportunities for work-based learning and for bringing professional expertise and academic knowledge into dialogue. The recognition of the workplace as a forum for learning and development enables you to capitalise upon educational opportunities and to situate your professional practice in a rich context of academic theory. Relevant credits may be gained entirely within the Oxford Brookes modular framework or may include some credit from other recognised institutions.

The Health Sciences Open Award is offered by Oxford Brookes University.

Why choose this course?
  • You will be working with staff at the cutting edge of professional development for health and social care.
  • Oxford Brookes provides access to health care settings with international reputations for excellence and innovation, including the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation NHS Trust.
  • We work closely with major charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • As a member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, we work with partners to provide opportunities for the translation of world leading research into the teaching and delivery of health care.
  • Gain academic credit for projects pursued in the workplace such as quality improvement projects or educational programmes.
  • Resources at your finger-tips include a world-class academic community and access to some invaluable resources, including the Radcliffe Science Library.
Course length
  • Full-time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 12 months, PGCert: 6 to 12 months
  • Part-time: depends on the award sought and any credit already attained; maximum of 3 years

Programme Structure

Modules that were accessed by current students on the MSc Health Sciences (or its predecessor, the MSc Student Designed award) in the past include:

  • Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships
  • Advanced Health Promotion
  • Advanced History Taking and Assessment
  • Advanced Research Design
  • Advanced Symptom Management
  • Advancing Professional Practice
  • Applied Cancer Biology
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Communicable Diseases and Public Health
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V150)
  • Creating Frameworks for Learning
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Death and Dying: Global Perspectives
  • Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice
  • Disability: Individual and Global Perspectives
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Health and Social Care
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Finance in Health & Social Care
  • Foundations in Public Health
  • Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care
  • Independent & Supplementary Prescribing (AHP) (V300)
  • Independent Prescribing Conversion Course for AHP (V300)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Informatics for Health and Social Care
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Living with Cancer in Contemporary Society
  • Management of Minor Injuries
  • Managing Health and Social Care
  • Mastering Professional Practice
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)
  • Occupational Therapy: New Perspectives
  • Operational Management in Health and Social Care
  • Palliative Care for Children and their Families
  • Physiological Bases to Musculoskeletal & Neurological Rehab
  • Planning and Managing Clinical Trials
  • Prescribing from a Designated Formulary (V100)
  • Project Management
  • Psychosocial Palliative Care
  • Rehabilitation: Application of the ICF
  • Service Improvement in Health and Social Care
  • Strategic Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Supervision in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence
  • Tackling Cancer: UK and International Perspectives
  • The Evidence Base of Rehabilitation Practice.
Attendance pattern

The modes of study are full time and part time; on campus and distance learning. Some modules are available as distance learning only and others are on campus only. Typically, full-time students will take three modules per semester plus a dissertation running across two semesters. Part-time students will take one to two modules per semester.

It is possible for home and EU students to change mode of study from full-time to part-time or vice versa (Tier 4 visa holders are required to study full-time as a condition of their visa).Most of the other students on this course are full-time employed in the health and social care sector, and our staff are aware that you may have to juggle a number of commitments while studying.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended
Check your fit with this programme

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • Entry normally requires a UK/EU first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution. Subject to approval by Oxford Brookes University, equivalent professional or other qualifications applicable to health and social care can be considered under some circumstances, particularly if you are registered as a health or social care professional. If you wish to engage in any work-based learning (which is not compulsory), you must be employed in a health or social care role, and have achieved appropriate registration with a relevant United Kingdom professional body.
  • Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) at degree or equivalent level is highly desirable. Students who do not hold a first UK/EU degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution (taken within the last 5 years) OR students who have not studied at degree or equivalent level within the last 5 years will be required to write and submit an assignment which will be taken into account as part of their application.
  • Six months' experience as a student, employee or volunteer within the health / social care sector (European or International; public, private or voluntary) will normally be required.
  • When designing your programme, the credit for learning at other recognised institutions or prior experiential learning cannot exceed two-thirds of the total credits required for the award, as one-third must be from Oxford Brookes University. As the recognition of such credit is subject to approval by Oxford Brookes University, it is recommended that you contact the subject co-ordinator upon application and discuss any prior learning that you would like to credit towards your programme of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1460 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1460 GBP per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1000 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 GBP per credit and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
  • Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
  • International - full time: 2017/18: £13,500
  • International - cost per module: 2017/18: £1,460 per single module


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