Taught course

Health Studies

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at health professional graduates or those with substantial professional experience. Applications are welcome from a wide range of backgrounds such as nursing, midwifery, public health, the fire and ambulance service, social work and Allied Health Professionals. You will normally have a first degree or demonstrate relevant senior management experience in a health-related area.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This programme offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and develop the skills and expertise requirements of senior health professionals.

About the programme Healthcare is evolving, placing an emphasis on the integration of health and social services to become more client-focused. You will enhance your existing skills base to develop academically and professionally and become an effective strategic leader.

Your learning The programme consists of core and option study modules set within
a framework of inter-related themes including: contemporary issues; role enhancement; and evidence-based practice. Modules reflect relevant contemporary issues for healthcareprofessionals and are mapped against the core and specific dimensions of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.
These are equally applicable to many professional and organisational groups. You will also have the opportunity to study areas of particular interest. The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits i.e. one core and two option modules. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits – two core and one option module. MSc students must also complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module – 60 credits. To gain the award of MSc Health Studies, students must complete 180 credits. Core modules include: Postgraduate Certificate
• Responding to Public Health Challenges Postgraduate Diploma
• Social Marketing in Health
• Research for Health and Social Care
Option modules include:
• Case Management
within Family Health
• Clinical Teaching
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Independent Study
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Working with Families
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare
MSc Research and Enquiry Dissertation (60 credits) – normally one year to complete.
Our Careers Adviser says UWS graduates enjoy enhanced employability prospects within various health-related work areas including health improvement and public health; health, nursing and midwifery; and management in the health and education sectors.
Graduates have secured promotion as nurse consultants and others have taken up posts as university lecturers or developed lead roles within their organisation.
Students may undertake further study within UWS e.g. PhD

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Angela Bonar
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)