MSc Health and Social Care
If you are working in or aspiring to management or leadership positions within statutory and independent health and social care organisations then this course is for you.
The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, governance, management, audit and evaluation of health and social care services. These transferrable skills will help you to lead change, evaluate service delivery, implement quality initiatives and enhance your communication with stakeholders on these issues.
This course provides a foundation for career progression within the health and social care sector, and as a graduate from this course you will be in a position to lead change and improvement within health and social care practice and service delivery within your working environment.
Further, the theoretical nature of the course means that it is particularly suitable for those who may wish to pursue an academic career in the future. The academic skills and knowledge acquired from the theoretical modules with a further emphasis on research, data analysis skills and undertaking a substantial study or critical literature review within the dissertation module provide the opportunity to develop a range of salient academic skills that will prepare you for Doctoral level study.
|Modules (ALL COMPULSORY)|
|Trimester 1 (15 weeks)||Trimester 2 (15 weeks)|
Population Health for Practice
Research Approaches in
|Trimester 3 (15 weeks)||Trimesters 4 – 5 (15 – 30 weeks)|
Principles of Data
Population Health for Practice
The module will provide the following:
- Discussion of research methods used in epidemiology
- Critical reflection on the philosophical basis for population health in the context of social care
- Critical discussion of major theoretical ideas influential in contemporary population studies in light of recent evidence and their implications for health and social care
- Consider strategies for improving population health and their implications for health and social care
- Exploration of practical implications of population health for practitioners in today’s health and social care environment
Leadership innovation and practice
- Historical and contemporary leadership theories
- Leadership approaches, styles and values
- Emotional Intelligence and personal leadership
- The role of leadership in the advancement of policy, profession and practice.
- Developing an innovation culture through leadership
- National and international policies and research
Research approaches in health and social care
On this module you will learn to critically explore research evidence and be able to synthesise, integrate and apply knowledge relating to the research process. It will be important to evaluate research methods that are relevant to health and social care practitioners and service users through the use of real-life examples from local, national and international researchers. This module will enable you develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, patients and families. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of clinical practice.
The module will include the following content:
- An overview of the research process.
- Critical appraisal of the research evidence to assist in the development of research ideas relevant to practice.
- Evaluation of research designs including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
- Exploration in the importance of research governance and ethics.
- Examination of dissemination strategies and the long-term impact of research findings.
Clinical Governance and improvement practice
You will explore relevant policies and models related to clinical governance as well as differentiating between evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness. You will also examine the different approaches to determining levels of quality in health and social care and ways of developing improvements in practice. Through the module you will also investigate the importance of teamwork in delivering quality person-centred care, the evolution of the principles of clinical governance and the quality improvement agenda at both the UK and international level. Exploration, analysis and synthesis of principles and policies relating to quality assurance, clinical effectiveness, theories and measures, clinical governance; evidence-based practice and the role of clinical guidelines, clinical standards, integrated care pathways and best practice statements, user involvement; monitoring the quality of care, teamwork, accountability and reflective activities which are designed to challenge assumptions and promote learning.
Principles of data analysis and management
The module will provide the following:
Critical discussion of the underlying principles of quantitative, qualitative and synthesising data analysis and study synthesising strategies. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills of quantitative, qualitative and synthesising data analysis and study synthesis to publicly available data sets and to discuss the interpretation of their findings arising from the application of data analysis strategies. Students will be introduced to quantitative data analysis issues such as levels of measurement, rationale for selection of data analysis strategies, relationship between variables, descriptions of samples/populations, drawing inferences from the data, summary data linked to specific methodologies and study designs and issues relating to the reporting and presentation of findings.
Students will also develop a critical understanding of the nature, methodology, underpinning philosophy and epistemological models of qualitative inquiry such as grounded theory, phenomenology, interpretative, ethnography, data preparation, summary of findings, interpretation of codes and findings, and theory development.
Whilst the first two parts of the module will cover quantitative and then qualitative inquiry and data, the third part of the module will cover strategies for synthesising data from different studies; issues of bias, heterogeneity/homogeneity, relationship between variables, and combining data sets and the synthesis and integration of qualitative studies; selection of studies, listing key concepts, translating the studies, synthesising the translations and identification of key concepts.
Roles and responsibilities of students and their supervisor: the Dissertation Module Handbook contains information on getting started; literature searching and critique; how to present and construct a dissertation thesis; time-management and reflection on process and progress.
In this module you will learn how to conduct a literature review and critique a topic of your choice which is relevant to your degree outcome. The topic you choose is usually identified from the Research Protocol you have completed in the compulsory Research Approaches in Health and Social Care Module completed prior to commencing this module. In the process you will also learn how to develop a search strategy for conducting an effective literature review and critique and to write about the implications of what you find for future theory and practice.
- Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are no formal exams – assessment is by end of unit quizzes and end of module assignments.
- The MSc Health and Social Care comprises five "taught" modules and a Dissertation to a timescale that matches your requirements, but can be completed in 18 months.
- A Bachelor’s degree OR
- Other qualifications or experience which demonstrates through our recognition of prior learning process that you have appropriate knowledge and skills OR
- Successfully completed as a student of the University through our Affiliate Student scheme two taught modules equivalent to 40 credits.