Health Studies - Applied - Online
Changing health and social care requirements demand responsive, knowledgeable, creative and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. This flexible, online programme, aimed at registered healthcare professionals, will develop the skills necessary to advance practice in your chosen profession. Within your area of expertise, you will enhance existing and develop new transferrable skills including critical thinking, leadership and innovation designed to assist you in playing a more effective role in increasingly complex professional environments.
The PGCert route is tailored and awarded on completion of 60 credit points. You can choose to study one of five pathways including Continence Care, Developing Practice, Neuroscience, Stoma or Urology Care with modules including the fundamentals of your chosen area as well as evidence based methods of changing and advancing care. The PGDip requires the completion of two additional compulsory modules, Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care and Global Perspectives in Transforming Health. The MSc requires the completion of a further 60 credit, evidence-based project.
Work placement / study abroad
Work-based learning forms a key element in these programmes especially but not exclusively for the completion of the clinical modules and their assessment. All students undertaking the Applied Health Studies programmes at postgraduate level will be working in some capacity within a health and social care environment (see entry requirements). This will enable students to combine procedural knowledge with declarative knowledge in context in order to produce professional knowledge, impacting positively on employability and career progression.
For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.
These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.
(a) have gained
i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or in the case of international applicants whose first language is not English is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.
(c) In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
In addition, applicants must:
i) demonstrate that they are working with the appropriate client base to facilitate study; and
ii) be currently registered with a Professional Health Care or Regulatory Body within their own country (where that is available).
If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.
Visit ulster.ac.uk/englishrequirements for more details.
This course is open to international (non-EU) students.
For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).
Start Date: September 2023 and January 2024.
Post Course Info
Students on this programme are expected to be working within the fields of healthcare and/or social care. On completion of this programme of study we expect students to continue in their employment with an enhanced range of transferable and subject specific skills to benefit their employer, communities, individual patients/clients and their families. We also expect graduates to achieve a higher personal profile within their organisation thus enhancing their prospects of promotion and/or career development. A number of students may progress to other postgraduate and doctoral level studies and choose from a range of courses available in the School of Nursing and the wider University.