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Public Health and Social Care in Practice (MSc)

This Master's course reflects the need for transforming social care for the aging population and tackling current public health issues such as lifestyle-related diseases, mental wellbeing, and longer-term conditions. The increasing demand and pressure on the system is calling for the efficient and effective use of resources.


Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more. You can also apply using the link below.

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

According to England's care watchdog, “There will be "a tsunami" of people without the care they need this winter unless staff shortages are tackled”.

MSc in Public Health and Social Care in Practice programme is a broad social science-oriented degree for people who are or intend to work in health and social care, on managerial and practice areas. It aims to cover all key aspects, including public health, health promotion, policy, and ethical aspects of care, as well as modern technologies and AI contributions to the organisation and management of the care system. A clear focus of this programme is developing students’ ability to use evidence to inform their decisions, understanding and analysing critical issues in health and social care, and developing ways of dealing with them.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The teaching and learning strategies of the programme designed to stimulate the student’s interest, skills and knowledge in Health and Social Care. It also will provide intellectual challenge PG level with the overall aim of ensuring that students are better prepared for employment and career development in the health and social care sector. The practice-based approaches, case studies and portfolios, workshops, seminars, tutorials, assignments, will help students to reflect on and validate their current practice as well as develop their knowledge base. 

The course is designed with a strong emphasis on employability. The teaching team comprises university staff, as well as visiting experts from the health and social care professions and guest speakers from practice.

Module Topics

Level 7 

Part I (PGCert, PGDip & MSc)

  • Community Care and Management of Longer-term Conditions (20 credits; core)
  • Health Care System Organisation and Leadership (20 credits; core)
  • Population Health and Digital Health Promotion (20 credits; optional)
  • Practice-Based Research (20 credits; core)
  • Quality Assurance and Service Improvements (20 credits; optional)
  • Service Integration and Partnership Working (20 credits; optional)
  • Social Epidemiology and Public Health Development (20 credits; core).

Part II (MSc)

  • Public Health and Social Care Dissertation (60 credits; core). 

A variety of assessments will be used to challenge students. There is a strong academic focus within the programme alongside the development of practical skills.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Possession of a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or professional qualification from a recognised British or overseas institution, or appropriate organisational competency in the health and social care field.

Further Information

Please contact birminghamadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk if you have any questions about the University or about this course in particular. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page helpful.