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
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.
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.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2.2 degree in a relevant subject from a clinical, health or science background.
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree you may still be able to apply. You’ll need to show evidence of one of the following:
- accredited study within the last 5 years at a higher education institution at level 6, passed at 50% or above
- evidence of recent non accredited study as a practitioner in a relevant professional role
- successful completion of a module studied at master’s level (level 7)
You may be offered a conditional place on the course if you can show you have the equivalent of undergraduate degree course outcomes. You’ll then gain unconditional acceptance if you successfully pass your first master’s level module as set out by your course lead.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
Apart from the dissertation and research modules you must take, you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of taught modules from the School of Health Sciences.The academic team can help support you in these choices. You may also bring credits from other universities.
You can start your dissertation before completing the taught modules. You can only submit it once all your taught modules have been submitted.
You may be able to exit the course with the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, or Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences. The programme specification provides further details on this.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
If you're studying the master's full-time, you must complete the modules in 1 year. If you're studying part-time you must complete the modules over 2 to 5 years.
As well as the modules you choose, you must also complete the dissertation and research methods modules. They need to be completed before you can graduate with the full MSc award.
To find out more about the modules offered within the School of Health Sciences visit our modules page.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll learn through a range of teaching and learning methods, including:
- seminar groups
- action learning groups
- Work-based learning
- experiential learning
- supervised and self-directed study
Your learning will be supported by your personal academic tutor, module leaders and, where appropriate, academic coach and/or mentor in practice.
The way we assess you is designed to help you:
- integrate theory and practice
- maximise your critical thinking and analysis skills
- develop your understanding of health sciences/mental health sciences
The way we assess you may include:
- a strategy document
- a business plan
- a change management project report or proposal
- an investigation of an incident or complaint
- a presentation to a Trust board or sub committee
- a ‘conference’ poster and supporting paper
- an educational package
- an academic essay
Your course leads to the preparation, development and completion of your dissertation.
You'll carry out a piece of independent research related to your area of practice. It will result in a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.
As a full-time student you’ll do this over 10 months from December. You must submit your work in September of the following year.
Your course lead will be assigned as your personal academic tutor.
This build-your-own UK master’s in Professional Practice in Health Sciences gives you the academic credentials to apply for more senior level healthcare roles.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
If you choose to study part-time you can pay as you go for each module.
Individual module costs depend on the modules you choose. Fees for modules offered within the School of Health Sciences can be found on our modules page.
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £22,268.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000