Health and Social Care

2017 entry

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

Year 1

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

Core Units
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.

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 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.

Programme Review

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 details

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.

Teaching Staff

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:

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.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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