Keele University

Keele University

Health Sciences

This programme has been designed to be highly flexible in terms of student choice. There is only 1 core (compulsory) module of research methods in health, which must be undertaken prior to the dissertation stage. Remaining modules can be chosen from the wide range offered by Schools both within and outside the Faculty of Health. This flexible choice of modules allows the student to design a programme of study that matches his or her perceived needs for personal and professional development. Such choice would be facilitated, managed, and approved by the Course Director, to ensure overall coherence of the modules chosen within the programme.

Entry requirements

The course is open to a wide range of health professionals, e.g. medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, pharmacists and clinical psychologists, and those from other disciplines with an interest in health, e.g. psychologists, social scientists. Applicants should normally have a first or second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject. Applicants should be aware that some modules which focus on practical clinical skills may require applicants to have completed at least 12 months of relevant professional work experience by 30 June prior to admission and/or be registered with an appropriate professional regulatory body. Professional indemnity insurance may also be required. For students whose 1st language is not English, evidence will be required of successful completion of an English language qualification such as TOEFL (minimum 600) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test). All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.

Course modules

Modules include: evidence based practice; assessment and measurement; introducing acupuncture; principles and practice of joint and soft tissue injection; applied clinical anatomy 1; applied clinical anatomy 2; quantitative data analysis; physiology and pharmacology of pain; dynamic ultrasound imaging; concepts of neurological rehabilitation; essentials of manual therapy assessment for spinal dysfunction; management of patients with chronic diseases in primary care; introduction to health care ethics; reflective practice; principles of gerontology; health service management; psychological models (understanding people�s experience); minor surgery for general practitioners and other disciplines; statistics and epidemiology; managing palliative care; ethical issues in prescribing; managing women�s health; promoting health through community pharmacy; managing depression.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: critical review papers, essays, portfolios, presentations, interactive practical examinations, assessment in the field and use of the VLE (online assessments), and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.

Sponsorship information

Students are often sponsored by their employer or strategic health authority.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 2,225 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 5 years
PgDip Part-time - 5 years
MSc Full-time £ 4,800 per Academic year (home fees) 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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