MA Health and Social Care

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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.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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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Entry requirements

The academic and professional requirements for acceptance onto this programme will normally be met by one of the following:

Course details

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.

The programme is flexible and offers a “step on” “step off” approach. Individual units can be taken as within a CPD framework

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Core Units

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Managing Change

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 reviewed 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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Department of Social Care and Social Work

Our Department of Social Care and Social Work covers a variety of professional disciplines, working closely with industry employers and experts to deliver courses and placements.

The department involves service users, carers and the wider community in its curriculum, to ensure its students gain a thorough understanding of issues like social exclusion, social justice and how to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 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: £1417 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: £14,500 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: £2417 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).

Additional Information

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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

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