Taught course

Community Health Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2:2 degree in health related area or equivalent (transfer of credits in accordance with University regulations may be possible)
  • Working in or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes and have support from the manager
  • Have the ability to be self-funding or have the commitment of their employer to support course fees
  • 2 references required
  • IELTS: Score of at least 7.0 or equivalent within the last 2 years

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Seize a valuable opportunity to share knowledge in a multi-professional forum as you work towards an MSc in Community Health Practice. Tailor your studies to your personal and professional interests while reflecting on the place that your clinical practice occupies in relation to other community health disciplines.

A blended learning approach allows you to select from a range of modules studied on campus or via eLearn.

You’ll explore, develop and enhance your clinical practice, synthesising your professional expertise in relation to other disciplines contributing to community healthcare.

The rationale for this course is based around the national agenda identified in The Five Year Forward (NHS England, 2014) and The Shape of Caring (Health Education England, 2015) documents, both of which indicate the shift in healthcare focus to the community setting.

The course also aligns to The Education and Career Framework (Health Education England, 2015).

  • Opportunities are available for inter-professional education and practice, for example with Allied Health Professionals who also follow two of the course modules.
  • Each member of the team has their own specialty and you will benefit from their expertise.
  • A major strength of the MSc in Community Health Practice course is the expertise of staff in facilitating shared learning across a range of community disciplines. This leads to the discussion of common issues and concerns and enables the sharing of good practice examples.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop a portfolio tracking your professional and personal development.
  • Guest speakers contribute to some of the modules. This ensures course involvement by employers and practitioners who are currently operating within the community health and social care environments.

Our teaching and learning strategy is student-centred, maximising your experience in order to assist the learning process.

This enables the use of a variety of teaching and learning approaches, particularly problem-based, experiential and web-based learning, seminars, debates and other informal, interactive methods.

Modules are assessed using a variety of assessment strategies including written assignments, essays, case studies, reflective accounts, oral presentations, poster presentations, and your dissertation.

  • As part of the course you will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of service users, carers, patients and public members via our community engagement and service user support groups (Comensus).

There are two alternative exit qualifications:

Postgraduate Diploma Community Health Practice

Postgraduate Certificate Community Health Practice


Judith Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Community Health and Midwifery. Judith lectures on community modules, has a background in School Nursing and is a member of the National Forum for School Health Educators (NFSHE) and the United Kingdom Standing Council.

The course team/module leaders are all qualified in the field in which they teach and hold relevant NMC registration (where applicable).

They are involved with publishing their work and publications will be highlighted to you throughout the course.

All the team have further degrees or are working towards them. The course leader is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400