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MSc Health Sciences

Our Masters in Health Sciences is a flexible programme of higher level study that is suitable for both clinicians and non-clinicians from both the UK and the wider international community. Its chief objective is to provide you with the opportunity to gain academic credits tailored to your ambitions and professional expertise and to improve your career options and pathways.

Introducing your course

This course is 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, meeting the current and future challenges in healthcare.

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Overview

The flexible nature of the programme means that you may bring credits from other University’s in and chose from the modules within the Faculty and wider University. 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.

You can complete this programme 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.

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 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.

The modular structure of the pathway means that there are four levels of award, relating to:

  • Standalone Continued Professional Development (CPD) modules
  • Post Graduate Certificate
  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • MSc in Health Sciences
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

On MSc Health Sciences 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 opportunity to select any module offered by us at the Faculty of Health Sciences or from the wider University provision, providing it relates to your other chosen modules and supports a coherent programme.
  • You can also choose to undertake one or more open learning modules, during which you will design a programme of work and method of assessments.

Key Facts

There are two further pathways for this MSc Health Sciences programme:

  1. MSc Health Sciences - Amputation and Prosthetic Rehabilitation
  2. MSc Health Sciences - Neonatal

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 PGapply.FHS@soton.ac.uk.  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.

Modules

Typical course content

To enrol on this course you must enter at a Master’s degree level. You can however elect to leave the course with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences, by meeting the module requirements below. You can also choose to study the modules outlined below individually and can build your way up to a qualification as desired.

Master of Science (MSc) Health Sciences

For the award of MSc Health Sciences, you must attain 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeModule NameECTS
HLTH6059 Dissertation (MSc) 30 credits
HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice 10 credits

The remaining 50 ECT credits can be attained by selecting further optional modules:

Module CodeModule NameECTS
HLTH6129 Work Based Learning - 20 Credits 20 credits
HLTH6130 Work Based Learning - 40 Credits 40 credits
HLTH6132 Open Learning - 10 ECTS 10 credits
HLTH6133 Open Learning - 20 ECTS 20 credits

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Health Sciences

For the award of PGDip Health Sciences, you must attain 60 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeModule NameECTS
HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice 10 credits

The remaining 50 ECT credits can be attained by selecting further optional modules:

Module CodeModule NameECTS
HLTH6129 Work Based Learning - 20 Credits 20 credits
HLTH6130 Work Based Learning - 40 Credits 40 credits
HLTH6132 Open Learning - 10 ECTS 10 credits
HLTH6133 Open Learning - 20 ECTS 20 credits

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Health Sciences

For the award of MSc Health Sciences, you must attain 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeModule NameECTS
HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice 10 credits

The remaining 20 ECT credits can be attained by selecting further optional modules:

Module CodeModule NameECTS
HLTH6129 Work Based Learning - 20 Credits 20 credits
HLTH6133 Open Learning - 20 ECTS 20 credits

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. DEFAULT

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Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Pathways

Pathways

There are two further pathways for this MSc Health Sciences programme:

  1. MSc Health Sciences - Amputation and Prosthetic Rehabilitation
  2. MSc Health Sciences - Neonatal

Study locations

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