Healthcare Practice MSc – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2022

Part-time: 5 years (maximum course length)*

Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum designed to inspire and nurture your knowledge, aptitude and skills, and advance your career in healthcare. 
  • Benefit from an individual learning programme tailored to your area of clinical expertise. 
  • Spend some of your training in clinical practice to hone your skills in healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. 
  • Access our Clinical Simulation Centre, including our Immersive Learning Environment and Critical Care Unit, to practise real scenarios on lifelike manikins and actors. 
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS.

What you will study

You’ll develop an enquiring and critical approach to your studies and practice that will enable you to provide high-quality healthcare. You’ll have the opportunity to analyse key leadership issues in health and social care, while challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice. 

You’ll explore advanced conceptual models, theories and frameworks of healthcare delivery, and you’ll learn how to evaluate healthcare strategies. You’ll study topics, including decision making, research design and methodology, and transforming services for quality. 

You’ll also complete a research dissertation on an area of personal interest, which we’ll match with the expertise of our academic staff, ensuring you get the best support. 

Clinical practice 

On our practice focused modules, you’ll develop your knowledge and skills within the health and social care setting that you currently work in, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. 

Your UK healthcare workplace will need to provide you with a practice assessor and supervisor. They’ll simultaneously support and evaluate your practice abilities throughout the course. 

Facilities 

You’ll benefit from our multi-million-pound facilities, home to our Clinical Simulation Centre that includes two wards, a Critical Care Unit and a Community Flat. Our Immersive Learning Environment, lifelike manikins and actors will transport you to the centre of communities, so you can practise your skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face. 

Teaching staff 

You’ll learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers who are all healthcare professionals, which may include adult nurses, children’s nurses and paramedics. You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, made up of local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers. 

Research groups 

You’ll be invited to join one of our research groups, where you’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and you’ll benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work, and a collection of seminars and workshops, allowing you to network with like-minded individuals. 

Assessment 

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work. When you’re in clinical practice, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your practice assessor and practice supervisor. 

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level. 

Teaching 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading. 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Demonstration 
  • Discussion groups 
  • Observation 
  • Practice under supervision 
  • Reflective dialogue 
  • Role modelling 
  • Shadowing. 

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way. 

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools. 

Our course allows you to broaden your education, focus on your specialist area of practice and meet the educational needs of your employer or prospective employer. We’ll help you stay competitive in the job market as a healthcare professional, developing your practice abilities and expanding your knowledge, so you can compete with recent graduates. 

100% of our graduates from this course go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA). They work for the NHS, private healthcare organisations and academic institutions. 

Visit the NHS careers website for further information on healthcare roles. 

Please note, this course doesn’t give access to registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Academic year structure

This course can be taken either full-time or part-time. 

Course length 

*The full-time version of this course will take 1 year to complete. For the part-time version, this can take between 2-5 years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.

We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Students must take all core modules and make the following choices:

Choose Strategic Leadership in Healthcare OR Transforming Services for Quality OR Application of Leadership

Choose four optional modules.

For those students leaving with a PG Dip they must undertake the Research Design and Methodology module and choose three optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-modules.htm

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply, students are required to be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC or HCPC register.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choice within the award. This is dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs.

Students should be able to show potential benefits from studying for the award and a commitment to attempting the assessment items. If students have not studied on an academic course within the last five years, they may be asked to carry out an academic piece of writing as part of the selection process.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Start date: October 2022

Part-time - 5 years

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2022-23 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Scholarships and bursaries


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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2022/23. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2022/23.  Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

For some modules, elements of assessments will be completed at your practice location.

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