Health Studies MSc

This programme is designed to enable you to further develop your knowledge of current health care at the depth and breadth appropriate to Masters level work.

The scope and flexibility of the programme will appeal to individuals with a theoretical interest in health-related issues, and is particularly suited to those who are seeking a non-clinical programme of study.

This programme is designed to enable you to further develop your knowledge of current health care at the depth and breadth appropriate to Masters level work. In planning the programme and its delivery, we have sought to create a student-centred, flexible programme that enables you to select modules that meet your individual learning needs, career aspirations and interests.

The scope and flexibility of the programme will appeal to individuals with a theoretical interest in health-related issues, and is particularly suited to those who are seeking a non-clinical programme of study. The programme is open to health care professionals or individuals with an interest in health.

Why study this course

The Health Studies Masters programme offers you:

  • Flexible study which can be organised around your other commitments
  • The support of a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor
  • The chance to tailor the programme to your own individual learning needs
  • A research led environment with opportunities for diverse dissertation projects

On completion of the Health Studies Masters programme you will be able to: 

  • Analyse critically a range of health related issues. 
  • Critically evaluate approaches and methodologies appropriate for researching theoretical and practical issues relating to practice 
  • Take responsibility for your own continuing professional development and demonstrate enhanced skills of self-appraisal, self-assessment and independence in your approach to learning 
  • Evaluate critically the dimensions of practice and organisation that characterise contemporary health care 
  • Examine critically the nature of multidisciplinary and interprofessional working in health care
  • Formulate a justifiable research design, conduct an investigation and to produce a written report, worthy of academic scrutiny


You will take the following three mandatory modules.

In addition, you will choose four option modules to the value of 80 credits (subject to availability and viability). 

For this programme, it is also possible to take relevant M Level modules from within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences . These would form part of the optional modules you are to choose as part of the MSc Health Studies programme. Please contact the school regarding optional modules.

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. The government-backed student loans will provide up to a maximum of £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.

Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016. The key information to date is summarised here.

2016/17 programme fees

  Home/EU International
  Min Max Min Max
(MSc) Health Studies £6,480 £9,240  £15,534 £17,934

Students choose four option modules as part of the MSc Health Studies programme and some of the option modules attract an extra cost of £600 per module. Occasionally, depending on the options selected, some modules carry a greater additional cost. Please check with the programme leader directly.

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Scholarships and studentships 
Scholarships may be available. 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 further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme is on the basis that applicants will have a BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. (Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found at The degree should normally be a first- or upper second-class Honours degree.

You will also need to submit the following documentation in support of your application:

  • two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and practical capabilities; 
  • transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate).

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International students:

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 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

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.

The masters modules are scheduled to run in week or two/three day blocks. If you decide to do only one module per semester, you only need to be at the University for the duration of that module. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

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.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each modules that you take. See the individual modules for more information.

As the programme is designed around an individual student’s personal, academic and professional development, it is a platform for students to enhance their knowledge and skills with their capacity for applying this new knowledge across new settings. Outcomes are evaluated through academic success and attainment, subsequent graduate development, future career choice and professional enhancement destinies reported when learners have completed their course of study. Typically, students graduating with the MSc Health Studies seek the following opportunities.

  1. Graduate entry medicine
  2. Higher degrees / PhD programmes
  3. Undertake new and enhanced professional roles within the workplace within the wide field of health and social welfare. This may include roles within leadership, management, research and teaching)
  4. International students return to their home nations with new skills to work within the indigenous context of health and welfare, health protection / health promotion.

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.


“We have hired some fantastic Birmingham graduates and postgraduates in the past, and believe that they have the experience and intelligence to understand the challenges of working with Procter and Gamble.”

In an independent survey, over 75% of employers regarded a postgraduate Masters-level qualification as ‘essential’ or ‘preferred’ when recruiting. ‘Talent Fishing: What Businesses want from Postgraduates’ A CIHE Report for Department of Business Innovation and Skills, March 2011.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.

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