Taught course

Applied Health Studies

Ulster University · School of Nursing

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an Honours degree or degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).


Hold an equivalent standard in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;

In addition, applicants who wish to follow a clinical pathway must have access to a client base in order to satisfactorily apply theory to practice. (NOTE: Where a student does not have such access, he/she shall be required to undertake a placement in a work environment relevant to their chosen pathway).

Months of entry


Course content

This flexible, inclusive, engaging distance learning postgraduate level programme responds to the desire of current graduates working within the area of health and social care as they seek to develop their practice and in order to better equip them to meet the demands of advanced practice roles and responsibilities. Changing health and social care requirements demand highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. The programme particularly extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level, to develop into expert or advanced practitioners, advisers, managers or educators within their particular area of expertise offering sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative, in complex and unpredictable professional environments. There is emphasis upon the application of knowledge to practice, thus enhancing the leadership capacity.

This programme leads to the academic awards of PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Applied Health Studies.

The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded after completing 60 credits at level 7 and for this students have the option to study a suite of 3 twenty-credit ‘generic’ modules (Advanced Communication and Education Approaches in Health and Social Care Practice, Decision Making and Accountability in Health and Social Care, Enhancing Patient Safety in Healthcare) or 2, thirty-credit clinical modules in neuroscience or 3 twenty credit modules in urology, continence care, or stoma care (all at level 7).

The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over a minimum of one year part-time (dependant on module availability) and requires the completion of 2 thirty-credit compulsory modules at level 7, Advanced Methods in Research and Development in health and Social Care and Global Perspectives in Transforming Health.

The MSc involves the completion of a 60 credit level 7 evidence based project.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-36 months


distance learning
12-36 months


part time
9 months

Course contact details

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