Course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 to 5 years

UK/EU fee

£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

Course level




Start dates

January, September


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Distance learning

Course description

 Studying MSc Health and Social Care Studies will:

This course will help you to progress as a practitioner, by developing your critical understanding of the issues and debates pertinent to health and social care. This will empower you to contribute to the development of a variety of a subject areas, fields or professions.

This course provides a flexible framework that enables you to meet your personal and professional development aspirations.

The MSc in Health and Social Care Studies is suitable for a wide range of professionals involved in the provision and delivery of a changing and expanding health and social care agenda. Increasingly, practitioners are being called upon to lead change within their organisation, on both clinical and strategic fronts. This course will:

The programme team are aware that health and social care professionals are required to have a wide range of specific and transferable skills; this course offers you the diversity and flexibility that will help you develop these skills.
It will cover a broad range of specialist and general modules that have been developed to reflect the increasingly diverse and changing roles within the health care sector, and the need to extend the skills of the people who work within it.

This course is ideal if you are undertaking continuing professional development beyond professional registration, but wish to attain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MSc.
There are several modules to choose from, so you can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and professional career aspirations. You can study specific awards or take standalone modules as part of your professional development. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate, you’ll need to study the equivalent of three 20 credit modules. For the Postgraduate Diploma, you’ll study the equivalent of six 20 credit modules and for the MSc in Health and Social Care Studies, you’ll study the equivalent of nine 20 credit modules in total. There is great flexibility in the modules you choose and you can also study modules from other courses such as the MSc Advanced Practice or Postgraduate Certificate Interprofessional Practice Education. As your role changes, you may wish to create a bespoke pathway of study that reflects your personal and professional aspirations.
The modules currently included within the course are structured around the skills a modern health and social care practitioner requires. The underpinning themes for the development of these skills include specialist clinical practice, educational, leadership and research based modules.

A potential student journey may be diverse and incorporate prior learning. For example, you may have completed and been awarded a PG Certificate in Inter-professional Practice Education and wish to continue your studies to a full masters award. Rather than start your studies from scratch, you may be able to incorporate your PG Certificate and study additional modules to achieve an MSc. There will be restrictions regarding the inclusion of your previous studies or awards based on timeframes and accreditation regulations of the University.

Alternatively, you may have commenced a specialist clinical module which was appropriate to your clinical role at the time. Your role may change and you are now required to lead change and improve your service provision. You will be able to combine your clinical specialist studies with your future studies, to contribute to your MSc.

As we need a minimum number of students before we can offer some modules, not all of them run every year, so please check before you apply.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.

There is a lot of flexibility regarding the modules you can choose – you can study modules from our other courses, such as MSc Advanced Practice or PG Cert Interprofessional Practice Education. As your role changes you may wish to create a bespoke pathway of study which truly reflects your personal and professional aspirations; however, for some of the specialist modules, you may need to be working in a specific area or to have taken other modules beforehand. 

You can study such modules as: 

As we need a minimum number of students before we can offer some modules, not all of them will run every year, so please check before you apply.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Some of the modules are based on a negotiated learning contract between yourself and the module leader. This will enable you to take a subject of your choice from your workplace and examine an aspect of this in your studies.

Staff supporting you through your studies will be drawn from both the Health and Social Care fields. We have experts from acute and rehabilitation health care and social work.

How you'll be assessed

There are a range of assessment modules which reflects the diversity of the modules included within the course. Some will be written assignments, reports, portfolio’s or case studies and others will incorporate oral examinations and online exams.

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Mandy Holgate

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, such as a professional healthcare qualification, with appropriate post registration experience. For some modules, you’ll also need to have relevant practice experience and/or availability of work based mentors. Please contact us for more information.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)



£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits*




*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional Fee Information

Module fees on this programme are either £800, £900 or £1000 per 20 credits depending on the module selected.

How to apply


The majority of students are already in employment and the course enables a framework for your studies to reflect your current responsibilities and aspirations.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.