This course starts in September 2017.
The evolving landscape of Health and Social Care provision in the 21st century presents a constant challenge to those working in the field, demanding critical approaches to problem solving, an understanding of local and global contexts and an understanding of research and evidence informed practice.
This taught programme offers an exciting opportunity to critically assess policy and practice related to Health and Social Care. The programme examines relevant issues within the current political and social frameworks in national and international contexts.
This flexible course builds on students’ existing knowledge and experience and encourages a collaborative and supported approach to study. It is taught by a dedicated team of academics and draws on the wider expertise and research knowledge of academics in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.
1 year full time · 2-3 years part time
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £7,560 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1260 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £13,050 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2175 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional Estimate: £400
Features and benefits of the course
- The MA in Health and Social Care has been developed in conjunction with employers.
- The multi-disciplinary delivery team has a commitment to research informed teaching and research publication. They aim to make your learning experience memorable and to ensure it has an impact on your personal and professional development.
- It is envisaged that the course will compose UK and international students. You will, therefore, have the opportunity to draw on the experiences of a variety of peers and opportunities to share and discuss this knowledge and expertise. This knowledge and expertise will be integrated into a facilitated approach to teaching and learning.
- The choice of optional units from across the Faculty will provide the opportunity for inter-professional learning.
- The dissertation element of the programme will allow you to focus on your own professional interest.
- The programme is taught in a new “state of the art” building which houses the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care in the heart of Manchester. Work which engages the local community will form part of the programme.
About the course
The MA Health and Social care is made up of several core and optional units across a range of Health and Social care disciplines. To achieve the MA qualification, students must successfully complete 180 credits, for the PGDip 120 credits and the PGCert 60 credits.
Typical units of study may include
The programme is flexible and offers a “step on” “step off” approach. Individual units can be taken as within a CPD framework
Collection and Analysis of Data
The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with practical experience in relation to the collection, and analysis of data; and enable them to make informed choices in relation to the theoretical and practical strengths and weaknesses of a range of methods of data collection and analysis when considering research design.
Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
This unit will explore contemporary issues in health and social care within a United Kingdom perspective. It will address the ways in which the social policy landscape is rapidly changing and evaluate the impact of these policy changes on the delivery of health and social care for adults and children. The unit will draw on examples of current practice to develop relevant debates including personalisation, integration of health and social care, innovative models of providing services, and user involvement
Dissertation (Health and Social Care)
In consultation with their supervisor, students will develop their research topic. The overall aim of this unit is to present a dissertation related to an area relevant to health and social care. It must involve appropriate design, methods and techniques. The interpretation and evaluation of the findings must be reported to a high professional standard. Students must normally complete an appropriate research methods unit before undertaking the dissertation.
International Perspectives on Health and Social Care
The unit provides an opportunity to explore the ways in which global issues of health and social care impact on individuals and societies within both the developed and developing world.
Key themes of social justice, welfare and citizenship are addressed within the context of health and social care. The range of policies across the globe designed to address health and social care need are examined and compared
Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
This module will help students to develop a critical awareness of the abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Students will achieve a comprehensive understanding of the relevant policies and procedures that impact on the Safeguarding agenda. Students will consider the application of current policies to the protection of children and adults within the UK and within the international context.
Likely Optional Units
Academic Communication for Health and Social Care
The module provides students with the opportunity to develop further their ability to communicate in English at a standard required at Masters and professional levels. Group discussions and debates will serve to improve confidence and range of expression, whilst written activities will build greater competence in the use of linguistic structures appropriate at postgraduate and professional levels. Reading, discussion and writing exercises will augment existing skills and develop skills in critical and autonomous student practice. The topic-based content of the module is focused on health and social acre issues and is designed to provide students with a good understanding of key socio-cultural issues of Health & Social Care arenas in English-speaking countries.
The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical concepts through which they can critically reflection upon, and appraise the management of change within their organisation. They will be able to critically evaluate the problematic nature of change management and scrutinise the strengths and limitations of current practice. From this, they will be able to construct and develop insights into what might constitute good practice in the management of change within their organisation and identify implications for their personal, professional practice, and operational practice within the organisation too.
Practice Development and Project Management
This unit has been designed to introduce students to the principles of projects and project management in the practice area.
Typically the unit will cover:
- defining the project,
- stakeholder engagement,
- the project team,
- planning the project,
- managing the project,
- controlling risk,
- reviewing projects,
- evidence based practice,
- developing practice,
- project and research ethics,
- managing information
Students will examine models of applied research for practice evaluation and different evaluation perspectives. “Audit culture‟ and the risks of evaluation strategies will also be reviwed and there will be an examination of current evaluation strategies in health and social care. Successful completion of this unit will enable students to develop creative, reflective and critical thinking skills that can be used in effective practice problem solving and practice development.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment for this course will be through a mix of reflective assignments, literature reviews, methodological analysis, student presentations and research projects. Detailed guidance for each will be provided and explained at the commencement of the unit.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/hpsc/our-staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester - a truly international city
Manchester is an international city, with world class transport and infrastructure not only to regional locations, but nationally and internationally. Home to one of the largest international airports, Manchester really is a gateway to the world.
Building on our impressive location and accessibility, we are a University with big ambitions. With a recent £350m investment in our facilities we have provided impressive new facilities for the School of Art, Hollings, Business and Law and most recently the superb £139m Brooks building. Brooks is home to the faculties of Education and Health, Psychology and Social Care. With our investment, we have modernised the student experience, providing state of the art facilities and equipment to support you in your studies.
Located at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan Manchester City Centre our Manchester Campus is home to over 30,000 students and provides a fantastic student experience- the combination of a dynamic academic centre and a vibrant, cultural and social scene attracting students from over 130 countries.
Why study at Manchester Metropolitan?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 120 countries and has a strong global presence. The university’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise.
The award winning Brooks Building is home to the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care and the Faculty of Education, providing superb specialist facilities for the education of Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals and those wishing to work with children.
A community campus, the ground floor is open to the public and provides sporting and social facilities, café’s and green spaces for individual study, meetings and informal group working. There is also a Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic.
The upper four floors provide specialist teaching equipment and facilities such as
- clinical skills laboratories,
- simulation suites and equipment
- gait analysis laboratories,
- social development laboratories
- Speech and language therapy clinics
- And a range of Psychological experimentation equipment and laboratories.
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care has full service student hub on-site that provides a host of student support services. A Careers and Employabilty Service is also available on the first floor of the building, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Student's Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home in the Brooks Building, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
Manchester and the region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That’s why Manchester was voted UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
Typical entry requirements
The academic and professional requirements for acceptance onto this programme will normally be met by one of the following:
- A minimum of second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a related discipline. Exceptionally students with a lower class qualification may be accepted provided they can evidence capability of being able to work to this level.
- A relevant post graduate diploma if entering stage 2 (dissertation phase)
- An undergraduate qualification at Level 6, unrelated to practice, accompanied by relevant experience of at least 2 years
- Such equivalent qualifications as may arise in lieu of the above whether professional, personal, academic or vocational in accordance with the University’s AP(E)L process
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.
Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.
Career options after the course
This course will harness the experiences and career ambitions of both international and UK/EU students who wish to pursue careers in the dynamic and expanding Health and Social Care industries.
Both groups will develop the skills and knowledge required to pursue careers in Health and Social care in the UK and abroad. For some this will mean pursuing managerial-level jobs within public, private and third-sector agencies. The course also provides a route into related roles in education, policy-making and research organisations.
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