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MA Health and Social Care Studies

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Part-time: A maximum of five years. 

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Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


Modules for this course are commencing in semester 2, beginning January 2016.  If you are employed within the NHS and wish to apply please contact your Education/Training Lead in the first instance.  If you are working within the Private, Independent or Voluntary Sector please email

This programme of study has been designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of health and social care professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals and those working in the field of social care practice.

Students will be supported to develop a critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of their professional practice.  Students will examine care development and delivery from their own professional standpoint and also take account of how other disciplines challenge and contribute to the quality of care delivery.

This MA programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.

The Department of Health Studies is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting. 

View the full NHS England Constitution and Values

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Course modules

Transformation for Integrated Health & Social Care (40 credits)
Awaiting further information.

Research Methods (20 Credits)
The research module is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the  PGCert. This module explores research approaches, designs and  methodologies, thus enabling the student to develop their investigative and  analytical skills.

Dissertation (60 credits)
The Dissertation module is mandatory for the MA pathway and will enable  students to conduct an independent research activity or a literature-based analytical exploration of a relevant subject area.

Optional Modules
Where an optional module can be chosen, you may select from a range of  20 credit modules delivered at level 7. Modules will depend on their availability each academic year.

However, students will also be able to select modules offered within other MA/MSc programmes delivered at the University of Suffolk with the prior agreement of the programme leaders.

Please contact the course leader to discuss optional modules:

Mark Ranson

T: 01473 338529


Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £870 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information).

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
  • Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

The candidate must;

  • currently be working in the field of health or social care.
  • hold an approved degree or other equivalent qualification.
  • provide evidence of adequate training and ability to undertake level 7 study.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Tier 4 international students are not able to register on this course however we welcome interest from international students not wishing to apply for Tier 4.


Also see International and EU.  

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.