Taught course

Health Sciences Open Award

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Applied Health and Professional Development

Entry requirements

Entry normally requires a UK/EU first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution. Subject to approval by Oxford Brookes University, equivalent professional or other qualifications applicable to health and social care can be considered under some circumstances, particularly if you are registered as a health or social care professional.

Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) at degree or equivalent level is highly desirable. Students who do not hold a first UK/EU degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution (taken within the last 5 years) OR students who have not studied at degree or equivalent level within the last 5 years will be required to write and submit an assignment which will be taken into account as part of their application.

Six months' experience as a student, employee or volunteer within the health / social care sector (European or International; public, private or voluntary) will normally be required.

When designing your programme, the credit for learning at other recognised institutions or prior experiential learning cannot exceed two-thirds of the total credits required for the award, as one-third must be from Oxford Brookes University.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc Health Sciences Open Award allows you to build a bespoke Master’s degree pathway. You can access a wide range of modules across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and combine these into an MSc pathway.

The award offers opportunities for work-based learning and for bringing professional expertise and academic knowledge into dialogue. The recognition of the workplace as a forum for learning and development enables you to capitalise upon educational opportunities and to situate your professional practice in a rich context of academic theory.

Relevant credits may be gained entirely within the Oxford Brookes modular framework or may include some credit from other recognised institutions.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
6-12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
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