Taught course

Health and Social Care Studies

University of Suffolk · Health Studies

Entry requirements

There are three entry requirements: 1.Currently working in the field of health or social care. 2.Hold an approved degree or other equivalent qualification 3.Provide evidence of adequate training and ability to undertake level 7 study

Months of entry


Course content

This programme of study has been designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of health and social careprofessionals including Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals and those working in the field of social care practice.

Students will be supported to develop a critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of their professional practice. Students will examine care development and delivery from their own professional standpoint and also take account of how other disciplines challenge and contribute to the quality of care delivery.

This MA programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.

Content and Modules

The programme includes:

Delivery of Health and Social Care (40 credits)

All awards with the MA Programme will require completion of the mandatory module “Delivery of Heath and Social Care Practice”. The uniqueness of this module is that it will enable students to develop their professional knowledge and awareness of the wider political arena, critically evaluate the field of care in which they practice, whilst furthering their self-awareness and professional development.

Research Methods (20 Credits)

The research module is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the PGCert. This module explores research approaches, designs and methodologies, thus enabling the student to develop their investigative and analytical skills.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The Dissertation module is mandatory for the MA pathway and will enable students to conduct an independent research activity or a literature-based analytical exploration of a relevant subject area.

Optional Modules

Where an optional module can be chosen, you may select from a range of 20 credit modules delivered at level 7. Modules can be identified from the Continuing Professional Development calendar of modules available on the university website and will depend on their availability each academic year. However, students will also be able to select modules offered within other
MA/MSc programmes delivered at UCS with the prior agreement of the programme leaders.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Counselling Skills
  • Healthcare Ethics and Law
  • Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals
  • Learning Disability & Mental Health: Working within Quality Standards
  • Managing Suicide and Self Harm
  • Supporting Practice Learning (Mentoring)

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1473 338833