Clinical Primary and Community Care MSc/Diploma

This programme is suitable for doctors, nurses and any other health care professionals aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care; for example covering all dimensions required in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Aimed at providing all primary health care professionals with skills and academic requirements for specialist clinical practice within the community, as well as research skills and health service evaluation, this course is suitable for those aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care, including:

  • experienced doctors
  • doctors in training
  • community and practice based nurses
  • pharmacists
  • any other health care professionals

Why study this course

The programme is unique, combining both academic and clinical aspects of community and primary care and, as such, would provide a clinically applicable higher level of academic achievement. The clinical modules will offer academic and professional accreditation through recognised professional bodies.


Compulsory Modules

All of the modules listed below can be taken as stand alone short courses if required. To apply in this way, please contact Amy Partleton, Programme Administrator, on +44 (0) 121 414 2677 or at

Optional Modules (up to a total of 80 credits)

Clinical Modules - select a minimum of 40 credits from this list 

Non-clinical modules - select a minimum of 20 credits from this list 

Fees and funding

2016/17 fees

Home/EU students
MSc £6,570/PGDip £4,380

International students
MSc/PGDip £18,900

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

A relevant first degree or equivalent professional qualification

Learn more about entry requirements

International students:

Please note that to be eligible to gain the full MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Clinical Primary Community Care you must be working in the UK NHS.

Academic requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This is a modular programme with teaching methods including formal lectures, group work, case studies and practical workshops. Please note that modules will only be run if a viable number of students enrol.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Our facilities

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences houses state-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity. 

Our facilities ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience by working in a modern environment. Among our most recent developments include a refurbishment of the Medical School foyer, Barnes library and Wolfson Centre for Medical Education.

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Assessment methods

Assessment on the Clinical Primary and Community Care Masters programme include: MCQ exams, case studies and assessment in practice.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.

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