University of Bolton

University of Bolton

Health and Social Care

This course is for professionals working in the health, social and related public services; a range of professionals choose to undertake this course; for example, nurses, case managers, community matrons, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and paramedics; the course offers a broad-based field of study that is geared towards social care and extend their knowledge and understanding in this field; this course reflects the 'QAA draft statement of common purpose for subject benchmarks for the health and social care professions (2004)' by encouraging shared learning for students from a range of health and social care disciplines; the programme's linkage of the professional to their context focuses students' learning on meeting the needs of clients and patients within an environment that requires effective team, inter-professional and inter-agency working and communication, as well as expert practice; this new statement of common purpose is set out under 3 main headings: values in health and social care practice; the practice of health and social care; and knowledge and understanding for health and social care practice; the MSc in health and social care is part of the MSc professional development framework in the school of health and social sciences at the University of Bolton.

Entry requirements

Students should have one of the following: a 2nd class honours degree (2.2) or equivalent in any subject, or a relevant professional qualification and/or substantial experience in a relevant field of practice. Non-standard entry qualifications will be considered. If English is not your first language you will also need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

This programme allows students to commence their studies by taking just 1 20 credit stand-alone module; alternatively, students may prefer to apply for a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or master's degree; it is possible to build their qualification on a step-by-step basis; for example, students may complete a stand-alone module and then apply for 1 of the higher awards - the 20 academic credits students gained on the stand-alone module can then be counted towards that higher award; similarly, students may complete the postgraduate certificate before choosing to carry on to postgraduate diploma or MSc level; this flexible approach is popular with students; an additional attraction is that students may take 1 module at undergraduate level and count those credits towards their postgraduate award; this option is particularly helpful if students have not studied for some time as the undergraduate module help students remember their study skills and ease students more gently into higher level study; to gain the postgraduate certificate students need to accumulate a total of 60 credits; 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma and 180 credits for the MSc; these credits should be at level HE7 (master's level), although as explained above students may count 1 20 credit module at level HE6 (undergraduate level) towards their postgraduate award.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bolton Bolton BL3 5AB North West

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