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Healthcare Practice, MA Postgraduate prospectus

  • If you have a postgraduate diploma, or credits for conversion, our top-up degree offers fortnightly attendance with supported online learning.
  • If you are looking to increase your employability, our expert lecturers will help you develop your skills in appraising and designing research.
  • Studies are highly relevant to your working life, plus you will devise and present a proposal for a change project.

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1-4 years part time



Our MA Healthcare Practice is the ideal choice if you have a postgraduate diploma, or 120 credits at Level 7 and would like to convert this to a Master's.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Our MA is a top-up degree comprising of two modules which will further develop your leadership skills, academic rigour and ability to link research to practice. You will build on your existing postgraduate skills and knowledge and increase your confidence in appraisal of literature.

We encourage scholarship and autonomy by building independent thinkers who understand the link between academic discipline in the classroom and the post-study world.

We are proud of our ability to nurture creativity and enterprise by developing effective communicators. With us, you will learn to be technologically confident and competent when encountering unfamiliar situations. We will also develop your expertise and awareness of ethical issues.


Employers are progressively looking for more people with competent research skills who are able to deliver evidence based practice.  As part of your studies you will carry out an independent research-based study. Here you will devise and present a proposal for a change project.

During this time, our expert lecturers will be on hand to support and give you confidence in appraising and designing your own research. They will help you to enhance your ability to work independently. Here you will learn to synthesise and critically appraise vital healthcare research.


If you work for an organisation which has a contract for CPD with us, then they may be able to cover your fees. If you are self funding the fees will be £2,700.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants should have: 

  • A first degree, usually at 2.2 or above 
  • PLUS a postgraduate diploma obtained through a programme of study which leads to registration with the Nursing or Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

  • If you were educated in a language other than English you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

In addition candidates must:

  • Be employed in healthcare and registered with either the NMC or the HCPC.

Extra information


You will be assessed through a 10,000 word dissertation taking the form of an extended critical review, an independent audit, or a workbased project, and an initial creation of a presentation critically analysing the proposal for your dissertation project.


On completion of this programme you will have furthered your ability to synthesise reflective skills and critical enquiry. This will support you in management and leadership positions as well as any research focused role in practice. It will also support your professional development towards an academic career.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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