Taught course

Health Studies (Family Health)

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

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a health related degree or equivalent. Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will also be considered. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Applicants must have the English language and literacy skills as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines* (IELT score of 7 or above) for work-based modules.

Skills and experience in Information Communication Technology is also desirable.

*Nursing and Midwifery guidelines can be found at: Nursing & Midwifery Council

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Healthcare delivery is evolving to meet the needs of clients, families and communities. With an emphasis on integration within the health and social care services, this new online programme focuses on the complexities of working with families in the community and the promotion of case management skills required to achieve excellence in care.

About the programme

The programme recognises the increasing development of community healthcare delivery, addressing ma gap in the educational needs of practitioners currently working within the diverse areas of health and social care. It also examines the global health challenges of an increasingly ageing population and the complexity that multi-morbidity of non-communicable disease presents. You will explore the significant health challenges of smoking, alcohol, widespread obesity and the associated impact on health resources.

The programme presents a real opportunity for students to explore current and alternative ways of working within family health, whilst building on existing knowledge and expertise through the development of strategic critical thinking.

Your learning

There are core, option and independent study modules. The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits; two core and one option module. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits; two core and one option module. For the MSc you must complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module (60 credits). To gain the award of MSc Health Studies (Family Health) students must complete 180 credits. Postgraduate Certificate Core modules include:

  • Responding to Public Health Challenges
  • Working with Families Postgraduate Diploma Core modules include:
  • Case Management within Family Health
  • Research for Health and Social Care

Option modules include:

  • Health Economics
  • Delivering Compassionate Care
  • Independent Study in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Work-based Learning
  • Leadership for Effectiveness
  • The Business of Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
  • Social Marketing
  • Supporting Normality in Childbirth


Research and Enquiry dissertation

– normally one year to complete.

Our Careers Adviser says

This qualification offers a variety of career opportunities and destinations. Graduates work in various health-related fields including community health and social care, health improvement, public health, and practice development and management.

Information for international students

For more information please visit: International Students

Fees and funding

For more information please visit: Funding and Advice

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Clair Graham
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)