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. 

Please note, the MSc Clinical Primary and Community Care programme will not be running for the academic year 2018/19.  If you are interested in this programme, please email  to register your interest. Please note some of the modules may be available as standalone modules.

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 

  • Heart Failure Management (10/20 credits)
  • Management of Gynaecology in the Community (10/20 credits)
  • Mental Health Care in the Community (10/20 credits)
  • Diagnosis and Management of Respiratory Disorders (10/20 credits)

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

  • Current Issues in Health (20 credits)
  • Developing Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Health Economics (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (20 credits)

Please note: modules must run at a viable level and therefore some modules may not run each academic year

Fees and funding



MSc: £9,000 FT, £4,500 PT
PGDip: £6,000 FT, £3,000 PT
PGCert: £3,000 FT, £1500 PT

MSc: £20,610 FT
PGDip: £13,740 FT
PGCert: £6,870 FT 

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

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

You can apply for a government loan of up to £10,280 per student for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.


Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year. 

Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme

For 2018 entry we are offering 100 new £2,000 scholarships as part of the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme for Masters students in selected subject areas. This means that there is even more financial support available for you to pursue your Masters at Birmingham. 

Overseas Research Scholarships

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:

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).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

How to apply

Please note, the MSc Clinical Primary and Community Care programme will not be running for the academic year 2018/19.  If you are interested in this programme, please email  to register your interest. Please note some of the modules may be available as standalone modules.

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.

Assessment methods

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

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