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MSc Professional Practice in Health Sciences

Build your own degree tailored to your ambitions and professional interests, and enhance your career, with our flexible MSc programme. Whether you are a clinician or non-clinician, our experienced team will work with you to develop a bespoke pathway to meet your current needs and future ambitions. This could include developing your skills and experiences in management or patient care, or pursuing a specific interest in a certain population group.

Introducing your degree

The flexible nature of the course means that you may bring credits from other universities. You will select modules from the Health Sciences portfolio and if you cannot find a module to suit your needs you may choose to study an open module where in conjunction with an academic coach you will create your own learning outcomes and module of study.

MSc Professional Practice in 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 course will give you the opportunity to study the service you manage, making you better informed and equipped to face the current and future challenges within healthcare.

Healthcare strategy discussions in a clinical setting

Programme duration

12 months following standard progression for a full time student

2 to 5 years following standard progression for a part time student  

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for part-time for 2019/20 entrants

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

The modular design of this award is designed to enable you to complete the full MSc award between twelve to eighteen months of full time study, or two to five years of part time study.

The award permits you to register for individual 10, 20 or 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) modules of study at HEI (Higher Education Institution) Level 7 (Masters level).

You must have submitted the assessments for all other modules in the programme prior to submitting the dissertation.

You may be able to exit the award with the award of Postgraduate Diploma Health Sciences or Postgraduate Certificate Health Sciences following discussion with the programme lead.

The 30 ECTS dissertation module offers students a choice of three options: an ‘Empirical Study’, a ‘Practice Enquiry’ or ‘an Evidence Based Project’.  The dissertation can be commenced before completion of all the taught modules; however it cannot be submitted unless a pass mark of at least 50% has been achieved in of the taught modules (totalling 60 ECTS).

The award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences and Masters in Health Sciences can be awarded as 'pass', 'merit' and 'distinction'. A 'pass' outcome requires a weighted mean average of 50-59%; a 'merit' outcome requires a weighted mean average of 60 to 69% and a 'distinction' outcome requires a weighted mean average of 70% or above.

Key Facts

  • Build your own degree tailored to your healthcare ambitions
  • Develop your independent and critical thinking skills and to enable you to constructively question healthcare policy and practice
  • Open to clinicians and non-clinicians from the UK and the wider international community
  • Benefit from a research-led learning experience from a Russell Group institution

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study.  The following are the typical entry requirements to be used for selecting candidates for admission.  The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed below will also be acceptable.

We will offer a place to any applicant who can show evidence of ability and background adequate to undertake the course. In accordance with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy, the programme is open to anyone regardless of age, class, creed, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation or caring responsibilities.

Applicants are expected to have:

  • A first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent* from an approved institution of higher education. 
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)

*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. You are required to have:

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

*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 at

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

Typical course content

The modular design of this award is designed to enable you to normally complete the full MSc award between twelve to eighteen months of full time study, or two to five years of part time study. This schedule may depend on the timing of delivery of the neonatal modules.

The award permits you to register for individual 10, 20 or 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) modules of study at HEI (Higher Education Institution) Level 7 (Masters level).

Year 1

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Professional Practice in Health SciencesMSc 2020Full-time£9,250£22,268
Professional Practice in Health SciencesMSc 2020Part-time£4,625£11,568
Professional Practice in Health SciencesPostgraduate Certificate2020Part-time£4,625£11,568
Professional Practice in Health SciencesPostgraduate Diploma2020Part-time£4,625£11,568
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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.

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

Study locations

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