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MSc Health Sciences (Standard, Mental Health, Neonatal and Amputee Rehabilitation Pathways)

This Masters in Health Sciences is a flexible programme of higher level study that is suitable for both clinicians and non-clinicians.

Its chief objective is to give you the academic credentials you need to improve your chances of being promoted to more senior posts.

The course features three very distinct pathways from which you must choose: the standard pathway, the mental health pathway and the neonatal studies pathway

You can complete this course between one and two years full time, or between two and five years part time.

All pathways end with a dissertation which is a substantial piece of work around a topic chosen by you.

As a student at a Russell Group university you will benefit from research-led learning throughout your study.

Furthermore, you will be supported by academic staff members who are recognised experts in their particular fields.

Introducing your course

This Masters in Health Sciences is a flexible degree programme for clinicians and non-clinicians to develop both your independent and critical thinking skills and to enable you to constructively question healthcare policy and practice. It will also give you the skills you need to address and find innovative solutions to complex problems in healthcare.


Standard Pathway

The standard pathway on MSc Health Sciences gives you the freedom to tailor your studies to meet your exact requirements.

As a result, it represents a bespoke programme that is a precise fit for your clinical career path.

If you are a non-clinician, this pathway will give you the opportunity to study the service you manage, making you better informed and more credible.

Mental Health Pathway

The mental health pathway on this health sciences masters degree gives you the opportunity to gain a subject-specific higher-level qualification.

It also represents your opportunity to gain a masters in this field if you have studied this discipline at undergraduate level.

If you are a non-clinician, this pathway will suit you if you are a manager in this field of practice, or if you have an academic interest in mental health.

Neonatal Pathway

The neonatal pathway within the MSc Health Sciences postgraduate programme is a unique collaboration between the University, the European Society for Paediatric Research and the established Neonatal Online Training and Education (NOTE) Faculty.

The aim of this Masters in Health Sciences pathway is to equip you with specialist knowledge in neonatology, key research skills and the opportunity to interact with neonatal academics and clinicians across the world.

Your supported learning can be fully online or blended and studying within a neonatal virtual learning environment (VLE) you will have the opportunity to access a personalised, structured, neonatal masters learning experience.

Amputee Rehabilitation Pathway

The pathway has been developed within the MSc Health Sciences programme, which has been designed to enable experienced practitioners to develop independent and critical thinking skills within a range of health and social care contexts.

This new MSc Amputee and Rehabilitation pathway includes two specific amputee modules (i.e. Module 1: Amputee Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Use and Module 2: Contemporary Issues in Limb Loss) as well as core and option modules that form part of the MSc in Health Sciences.

The modular structure of the pathway means that there are four levels of award, relating to 1) standalone modules, 2) Post Graduate Certificate in Amputee Rehabilitation, 3) Post Graduate Diploma in Amputee Rehabilitation and 4) MSc in Health Sciences (Amputee Rehabilitation Pathway).

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply to this course online using our online application form

In addition to applying for the degree, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once the dates are published. You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand alone' if you wish before applying for the programme.

Programme Structure

Standard Pathway

On the standard pathway you will begin by studying the research for evidence-based practice module.

This forms the foundation for your independent study and provides you with the skills to search for and appraise research evidence in areas of interest.

The remaining credits can be accumulated by you in a variety of ways:

Firstly, you may complete one third of the course by demonstrating an appropriate level of prior learning.

Then you have the chance to select any module offered by us at the Faculty of Health Sciences, providing it relates to your other chosen modules.

You can also choose to undertake one or more work-based learning modules, during which you will design a programme of work and method of assessment.

Finally, you can take one or more open-learning modules, during which you will again design a programme of academic study and method of assessment.

Mental Health Pathway

On the mental health pathway you will begin by studying the research for evidence-based practice module.

As stated above, this forms the foundation for your independent study and provides you with the skills to search for and appraise research evidence in areas of interest.

You will then study a number of core and option modules, which may include: perspectives in mental health; low intensity C.B.T. assessment; low intensity C.B.T. Interventions and relational therapies.

Furthermore, you may choose a module offered by us at the Faculty of Health Sciences, including open or work-based options.

Neonatal Pathway

This neonatal  pathway was developed within the MSc Health Sciences postgraduate programme to enable experienced practitioners to enhance their independent and critical thinking skills.

The pathway includes two online core modules that are compulsory. These are ‘Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice’ and the ‘Dissertation’ module.

In addition, the opportunity exists to take the online open module and a number of neonatal-specific modules, including ‘Neonatal Neurology’ and ‘Neonatal Respirology’.

The neonatal pathway will normally be delivered fully online within a specially designed virtual learning environment (VLE).

From this portal you will have access to the modules, your cross-cultural learning group and your online tutors, plus a general and subject specific online library, an image gallery and an Assessment Office.

Please note, if you would prefer to have paper copies of the neonatal studies lectures to support your masters in health sciences learning, then you may download these as PDF files for printing.

Amputee Rehabilitation Pathway

This MSc pathway in Amputee Rehabilitation’ within the MSc in Health Sciences is designed for clinicians currently working in the field or would like to move into the area. The multidisciplinary nature of the programme means that it has been designed for professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, such as Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Prosthetists, podiatrists and Engineers. This provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of all areas of amputee rehabilitation and prosthetics use.

The modular design of the pathway enables you to complete the full masters pathway within one year of full-time study (up to two years may be allowed for programme completion if required), or two to five years of part-time study. The robust academic structure of the pathway provides the flexibility to register for individual modules as well as four different award points. The table in the section on ‘programme details provide an outline of the four levels of award and the required modules and related ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer Scheme)


Key Facts

There are four pathways for this MSc Health Sciences programme: Standard, Mental Health, Neonatal and Amputee Rehabilitation.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Applicants are expected to have:

  • A first degree (2:2 Hons or above) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University from an approved institution of higher education.
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)
  • Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.

*If you have not achieved a first degree you may be considered for admission to the programme if you can provide evidence of suitable experience and supportive qualifications.  The evidence that you provide must be able to satisfy the programme leader that you are competent to pursue the programme. This requires you to demonstrate evidence of equivalent learning via a combination of:

  • accredited study within the last five years at HEI level 6 passed at 50% or above (normally a minimum of 15 ECTS and with a summative assessment including a written component)
  • evidence of recent non accredited study
  • experience as a practitioner in a relevant professional role

In addition you will be required to demonstrate successful completion of a module studied at HEI level 7 of at least 10 ECTS which has a written component to the summative assessment. Candidates who can demonstrate equivalence to undergraduate degree programme outcomes but do not meet this level 7 study criterion may be offered a conditional place on the programme, with unconditional acceptance subject to successfully passing your first M level module. This module will be stipulated by the programme leader and will normally be Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice.

International and EU students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of the English Language to be able to benefit from and participate in all academic activities at the University of Southampton. They are required to have

  • reached a satisfactory standard* in an approved test in English OR
  • to have recently obtained a first degree from a UK university that has been taught and assessed in English OR
  • to have been recently instructed and assessed in English and come from a country which appears on the list of those exempt from testing.

Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study

The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study is available to help international students to prepare and successfully complete this masters programme

*More detail regarding the required satisfactory standard, which is reviewed regularly, should be confirmed with the Faculty of Health Sciences Admissions team at  Further information can be found on our international pages.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

All of our masters programmes end with a dissertation which is a substantial piece of work around a topic chosen by you. You will largely study this at times to suit you, but will be supported by an experienced academic supervisor whom you can meet in person or via skype or similar media, by email or by telephone.

Details of the modules that you will undertaken can be found under the pathways tab above.  To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

The remaining credits can be accumulated by you in a variety of ways:

  • You can APEL in up to 30 credits (1/3 of the programme) if you have studied relevant topics to the required level before.
  • You can select any module that the Faculty (and if appropriate, the wider university) offers so long as it forms a coherent programme of study i.e. it relates to your other chosen modules.
  • You can select to take one or more Work-Based Learning modules where you, in association with the module lead, design a programme of study and method of assessment relevant to your clinical practice.
  • You can select to take one or more Open-Learning modules where you, in association with the module lead and an academic coach, design a programme of academic study and method of assessment relevant to your academic area of interest.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
OtherParking Costs: Students using their own vehicles will need to make their own arrangements for parking and pay for this where appropriate.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment



The aim of the programme is to support your academic development in Health Sciences. This programme will develop your independent and critical thinking skills and will enable you to question healthcare practice and policy, and will also equip you with the skills necessary to address and find innovative solutions to complex problems in healthcare.

Please note: option modules are by negotiation with the pathway or programme lead, you may select modules from any of the Faculty's (or wider University's) taught provision relevant to your focus of study.

MSc Health Sciences (Standard Pathway)

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