Modules running at Oxford Brookes that are relevant to your professional and personal development change every semester, and you should contact us to find out the best options for your specific circumstances.
Modules that were accessed by current students on the MSc Health Sciences (or its predecessor, the MSc Student Designed award) in the past include:
Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from the one above.
Teaching and learning
On the MSc Health Sciences course you negotiate your own combination of modules; please contact the programme administrator for the list of currently available modules. Every MSc programme must include a dissertation or project management report, and it must also include research design training.
Oxford Brookes is committed to student-centred learning, with an emphasis on contracted learning activities and educational staff acting as facilitators. Our students are experienced professionals whose skills and knowledge have led them to design and undertake individual programmes of learning.
Your programme will be built on existing knowledge and skills, and will provide opportunities for academic learning whilst further developing the professional practice of yourself and/or others. In order to draw on your experience and prior learning, and encourage innovation and development within the practice areas, a student-centred and facilitative approach is taken to teaching and learning.
Approach to assessment
Modules are assessed either by coursework or examination or both and full details are given in module guides. University processes ensure that assessment is rigorous, of an appropriate standard and fair - a process overseen by an external examiner, who ensures that the standards used to assess students are comparable with those of other universities.
Each assessment is designed so that you can show that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module and for the whole programme. The range, type and timing of assessments have been carefully chosen to promote independent and reflective learning. Tasks and questions are set by the module leader, internally moderated (checked by another member of staff) and sent to the external examiner to ensure that they are appropriate for assessment of the module learning outcomes and that the instructions and marking criteria are clear.
The modes of study are full time and part time; on campus and distance learning. Some modules are available as distance learning only and others are on campus only. Typically, full-time students will take three modules per semester plus a dissertation running across two semesters. Part-time students will take one to two modules per semester.
It is possible for home and EU students to change mode of study from full-time to part-time or vice versa (Tier 4 visa holders are required to study full-time as a condition of their visa).
Most of the other students on this course are full-time employed in the health and social care sector, and our staff are aware that you may have to juggle a number of commitments while studying.
Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
International - full time: 2017/18: £13,500
International - cost per module: 2017/18: £1,460 per single module
Where part-time fees are quoted the fees will increase by approximately 2% each year. For information there are 9 single modules to pay for in the full masters programme
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.
Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
Funding and scholarships
For general sources of financial support, see:
- Entry normally
requires a UK/EU first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised
institution. Subject to approval by Oxford Brookes University, equivalent
professional or other qualifications applicable to health and social care can
be considered under some circumstances, particularly if you are registered as a
health or social care professional. Please enquire for further details. If you
wish to engage in any work-based learning (which is not compulsory), you must
be employed in a health or social care role, and have achieved appropriate
registration with a relevant United Kingdom professional body.
- Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) at degree or equivalent level is highly
desirable. Students who do not hold a first UK/EU degree or equivalent overseas
degree from a recognised institution (taken within the last 5 years) OR
students who have not studied at degree or equivalent level within the last 5
years will be required to write and submit an assignment which will be taken
into account as part of their application.
- Six months'
experience as a student, employee or volunteer within the health / social care
sector (European or International; public, private or voluntary) will normally
- When designing your
programme, the credit for learning at other recognised institutions or prior
experiential learning cannot exceed two-thirds of the total credits required
for the award, as one-third must be from Oxford Brookes University. As the
recognition of such credit is subject to approval by Oxford Brookes University,
it is recommended that you contact the subject co-ordinator upon application
and discuss any prior learning that you would like to credit towards your
programme of study.
You will need to agree your study aims, title and modules (programme of study) with your academic adviser, and have this approved by the University, on admission to the programme and before commencing your studies. Initial enquiries should be made directly to the Programme Administrator.
Please also see the university's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
International students, like home and EU students, must be practising health and social care professionals or have recent experience of working in these sectors.
Preparation courses for International and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.
- Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
- If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.
If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.
How to apply
You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.
Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.
Conditions of acceptance
When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
How this course helps you develop
This course will assist you in developing your career by providing a programme of study that is tailored to your individual needs and which takes the specific nature of your current role into account. The course can thus help you to meet your professional development needs and can be tailored to match your career aspirations for the future.
Post-qualifying education in your health or social care field may allow you to take on more senior roles at work, and may improve your prospects and options for promotion and progression.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
The Professional Education and Leadership course team have research and publication interests in the fields of coaching and mentoring, service improvement, medical trainees' educational experiences, and inter-professional and work-based learning.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.
For more details about our research portfolio, go to our website.
Research areas and clusters
The course content is underpinned by the research and scholarship activities of the staff in the fields of consultancy, educational development, management education, leadership development, project management, and related clinical fields including health promotion, drugs and alcohol, and clinical trials.
Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University, with researchers from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, and with research teams from many other UK and international centres.