Why choose this course
Modern healthcare is a fast-paced environment demanding efficient, proactive professionals that are confident in what they do. This flexible course will inspire and nurture your knowledge, aptitude and skills, which are needed to advance your career in healthcare.
You’ll have the opportunity to boost your academic and clinical development with an individual learning programme relevant to your area of clinical expertise.
If you’re from outside the UK and have an existing healthcare degree, this course will help you gain insight into healthcare delivery within the NHS.
What you will study
Throughout the course, 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 practice, 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.
For our practice-based modules, you’ll need to be an existing healthcare professional working within a health and social care setting. You’ll need access to a practice supervisor or a practice assessor, in order to complete your assessment tasks.
Throughout the course, you’ll take part in face-to-face learning, independent study and assessments.
We have a clinical-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the healthcare sector. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are qualified practitioners, which may include adult and children’s nurses and paramedics.
Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council registration
This course doesn’t give access to registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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 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. Our alumni typically work for the NHS, private healthcare organisations and academic institutions.
Academic year structure
This course can be taken either full-time or part-time. If you choose part-time, your academic year structure will depend on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
*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 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 had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 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:
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).
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.
View entry requirements by country
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.
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.
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.
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 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.
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.
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 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. 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.
Campus locationKate Granger Building
The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
For some modules, elements of assessments will be completed at your practice location.