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Professional Practice in Health Sciences (MSc)

Master of Science
2 to 5 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Choose full or part-time study with our flexible MSc Professional Practice in Health Sciences. The course has been developed for anyone working in health or social care. You can tailor the degree to your specific needs and choose from our wide range of health modules.

For example, you could boost your skills in management or patient care, or follow a particular interest in a certain population group.

This UK master’s for clinicians and non-clinicians, is designed to support your development as a healthcare worker. It offers a precise fit for your clinical career path. If you’re a non-clinician, you’ll be able to study the service you manage. You'll also be well prepared for higher level healthcare roles when you graduate.

You’ll learn to:

  • develop a learning programme relevant to your chosen area
  • work independently to create solutions to practice-based problems or analyse a health-related topic
  • interpret, analyse and present highly complex information
  • demonstrate extensive knowledge of the current health and social care policy relevant to your interest, along with the ability to apply this with initiative and originality
  • analyse influences on professional practice or ideology including research, legislation and governance
  • reflect on the quality and influence you’ve brought to improving patient care

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a full-time master's - study the same course content in 1 year

You can also take a single module: Most of our modules are available to be taken individually as continuing professional development (CPD). If you take a module as an assessed CPD module it may count towards the MSc if you wish to progress. Explore modules that are available as CPD.

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option. For part-time study you can pay as you go for each module.


Course lead

Your course lead is Dr Chris Franks, Lecturer in Life Sciences. He is interested in pain physiology and has a history in neuroscience research. Visit Dr Franks’ profile page to find out more about his work and publications.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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