Taught course


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

Entry requirements

Candidates must be able to satisfy the specific admission requirements for MSc programmes offered by the University. Candidates should normally hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Exceptions may be made in the case of those who can demonstrate significant work-based experience, together with recent academic study at an appropriate level.

Months of entry


Course content

Focusing on the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan, the programme is ideal for public sector professionals including those working in health, teaching, social work and the emergency services.

About the programme

Vulnerable populations require committed professionals and partnership working across local government, education, health and social care in the planning, delivery and prioritising of resources. This course is at the heart of that process, creating opportunities for you to work collaboratively to review and shape future service delivery. Students undertaking this degree will already possess considerable professional expertise and knowledge and wish to further develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in relation to vulnerability, health and social care.

The programme responds to the needs of employers for a better qualified and research-aware public sector workforce. It provides a flexible, individualised learning package which is suited to your area of professional practice and interest.

Your learning

The programme comprises Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, three modules); Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, six modules); and MSc (180 credits, six Postgraduate Diploma modules) and a dissertation module (worth 60 credits). It consists of modules tailored to develop your professional needs, set within a framework of interrelated themes. These include protection throughout the life course, and addiction and collaborative practice, which reflect contemporary issues of relevance for all public service professionals.

Modules include:

  • Vulnerability
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Child protection
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Understanding substance misuse and addiction
  • Dementia care principles
  • Research for health and social care
  • Inclusive education
  • Leadership for effectiveness
  • Quality improvement in health care
  • Independent study

Our Careers Adviser says

Career enhancement in clinical and managerial roles is expected, as the programme creates opportunities to develop the necessary skills and knowledge base to assume a key role within your organisation in terms of supervision, leadership, innovation, change management, clinical governance, research and development. The range of career opportunities within public.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months
distance learning
36-60 months


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Amanda McGrandles
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)