Taught course

Health Sciences Open Award

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Applied Health and Professional Development

Entry requirements

A UK/EU first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution. OR equivalent health and social care professional or other qualifications under some circumstances, particularly if you are registered as a health or social care professional. If you wish to undertake work-based learning (which is not compulsory), you must be employed in a health or social care role, and have registration with a UK professional body. Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) at degree or equivalent level is highly desirable. Six months' experience as a student, employee or volunteer within the hsc sector.

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.

This course was previously called Health and Social Care Student Designed Award.

Modules running at Oxford Brookes that are relevant to your professional and personal development are changing every semester, and you should contact the subject coordinator to find out the best options for your specific circumstances.

Modules that were accessed by current students on the MSc Health Sciences (or its predecessor, the MSc Student Designed award) include:

P40212 Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships
P44614 Advanced Health Promotion
P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment
P49210 Advanced Research Design
P40214 Advanced Symptom Management
P44014 Advancing Professional Practice
P40206 Applied Cancer Biology
P44606 Applied Research Methods
P44615 Communicable Diseases and Public Health
P44604 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V150)
P44410 Creating Frameworks for Learning
P44616 Data Analysis and Interpretation
P40215 Death and Dying: Global Perspectives
P44012 Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice
P40613 Disability: Individual and Global Perspectives
P44607 Dissertation
P49215 Dissertation(treble)
P44612 Epidemiology
P44822 Ethical Dilemmas in Health and Social Care
P49203 Evidence Based Practice
P44813 Finance in Health & Social Care
P44611 Foundations in Public Health
P44816 Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care
P44051 Independent & Supplementary Prescribing (AHP) (V300)
P44052 Independent Prescribing Conversion Course for AHP (V300)
P49214 Independent Study
P44617 Infection Prevention and Control
P44824 Informatics for Health and Social Care
P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care
P40204 Living with Cancer in Contemporary Society
P44002 Management of Minor Injuries
P44819 Managing Health and Social Care
P49202 Mastering Professional Practice
P44050 Non-Medical Prescribing (v300)
P49204 Occupational Therapy: New Perspectives
P44811 Operational Management in Health and Social Care
P41010 Palliative Care for Children and their Families
P40611 Physiological Bases to Musculoskeletal & Neurological Rehab
P46650 Planning and Managing Clinical Trials
P44623 Prescribing from a Designated Formulary (V100)
P44812 Project Management
P40216 Psychosocial Palliative Care
P40610 Rehabilitation: Application of the ICF
P44823 Service Improvement in Health and Social Care
P44825 Strategic Perspectives in Health and Social Care
P44821 Supervision in Health and Social Care
P45002 Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence
P40205 Tackling Cancer: UK and International Perspectives
P40612 The Evidence Base of Rehabilitation Practice
P49706/7 Work-Based Learning

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
+44 (0)1865 488142