The minimum academic entry requirement is 120 level 7 credits or a completed Postgraduate Diploma at level 7 (Master’s level) in any health, welfare or social care related discipline. These credits / your Diploma must have been fully completed and agreed by an examination board before starting this course. You may also need to attend an interview and to give a 10 minute presentation on your academic progress to date and your ideas for a Master’s level independent research project. You may need to take a research methods module to prepare you for your MSc / MA top-up course and before applying for this course. Normally, if you have not studied research methods in your previous PG Diploma, or an equivalent, within the past five years you will need to take the Advanced Research Skills module 7HW012 as an associate student before you can apply for the MSc / MA top-up course in order to progress to the Research Dissertation 7HW015. Normally, if you have not studied research methods in your previous PG Diploma, or an equivalent, within the past 5 years you will need to take the Critical Awareness of Research module 7HW018 as an associate student before you can apply for the MSc / MA top up course in order to progress to the Evidence Based Practice Project 7HW020. Normally, if you have not studied research methods in your previous PG Diploma, or an equivalent, within the past 5 years you will need to take the Professional Consultancy Project Support module as an associate student before you can apply for the MSc / MA top-up course in order to progress to the Professional Consultancy Project 7HW044 If English is not your first language you will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.
Months of entry
The MSc / MA Health and Wellbeing ‘top-up’ course is designed to allow you to ‘top up’ your existing Postgraduate Diploma qualification (or equivalent) in any health, welfare or social care related subject to a full Master’s qualification. This will be achieved by you producing a 60 credit independent study in one of three options.
- A research dissertation.
- An evidence-based practice module containing two summative assessments, usually of relevance to your current workplace – which runs in October each year.
- A consultancy report, usually of relevance to your current workplace.
Whichever option you choose, this module will consist of an independent project designed, planned and carried out by yourself and written up in a minimum of 15,000 and a maximum of 20,000 words. You will be provided with appropriate individual supervision to support your independent study.
You will complete your Master’s level education in the concepts, theories and academic skills of relevance to your work arena or chosen career path. The course caters for both students who are currently working in the health, welfare or social care fields and for students who are not currently working in these fields but hope to enhance their post-graduate skills and knowledge in order to take up such employment. The course aims to offer a flexible approach to the topic chosen for your independent study, will foster independence and responsibility in taking control of your own learning and professional development needs, and build on your existing knowledge and experience.
Information for international students
TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0 or above, or equivalent. Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/international
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing
- 0800 953 3222