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Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Health Studies

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September, January, May

Full time Part time
MSc 18 months 3 years

About the course

Developed with the NHS and other healthcare partners, this MSc programme is designed to meet your professional development needs as a healthcare practitioner. It has been revised and updated to reflect the very latest issues and requirements in health care.

The extremely flexible nature of the programme at Hull enables you to fit in Masters level study with other work and life commitments. You can specialise within the sphere of your professional role, another selected area of specific practice, or both.

The MSc in Health Studies can be studied over 18 months full-time, or three years part-time, with start dates available in January, June and September.

What you'll study

The core modules within this programme are available through a blended approach of face-to-face sessions and online learning, or via a more online-focused delivery for students who need to fit their studies around work and life commitments.

All students take three core modules:

Driving Specialist Developments through Contract Learning offers students the opportunity to explore a work-related topic of their own choosing with the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Research and Literature Review Methods gives an overview of contemporary approaches to research and literature review methods in health and provides an excellent preparation for the dissertation.

The Dissertation is the final compulsory element for students taking the full MSc. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, students complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice, to a publishable standard.

Students also choose four additional optional discipline-specific modules - relevant to their career or study interests - at Masters level.

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Driving Specialist Developments through Contract Learning

    Explore a work-related topic of your own choosing with the guidance of an academic supervisor.

  • Research and Literature Review Methods

    Practitioners in all health professional disciplines need to understand the principles of research, to know how knowledge is created and can be evaluated, and to apply the findings of research in the practice setting. You'll identify and critically evaluate research that informs important aspects of your practice. 

Optional modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Advanced Decision Making in Practice

  • Advanced Practice Informed Learning

  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods

  • Creativity, Innovation and Change

  • Dementia in Health and Social Care Practice

  • Developing Strategic Influence

  • Electrocardiography: Analysis and Interpretation

  • Effective Practice Teaching (theory)

  • Ethical, Social and Psychological Aspects of Critical Care

  • Evidencing Personal and Professional Development

    Develop an in-depth self-reflection based on analysis and evaluation of experiential learning.

  • Examination of the Newborn (Theory)

  • Examination of the Newborn (Practice)

  • Healthcare Improvement Project

  • Management of Safety and Risk in Healthcare

  • Pathophysiology for Critical Care Practice

  • Practice Teaching in Context (theory)

  • Quantitative Methods

    This module introduces you to measurement, methods and analysis in quantitative methods. You will look at survey and experiments and basic statistical methods and the use of SPSS for data analysis.

  • Recognition of and Response to Acute Illness in Adults in Hospital

  • Resuscitation: Theory and Practice

  • Self as Leader

  • Supporting Adults with Long Term Conditions

  • Women and Mental Health

  • Working with Families and Communities to Safeguard Children and Young People

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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"The teaching staff have helped me bring together my skills and experiences and apply them to my studies and practice. Studying at Hull gave me the chance to shine.”

Timothy Buescher, PhD Health Studies

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,500
  • Home/EU (part-time): £835 (20 credits), £2,500 (60 credits), £3,750 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

Find out more

Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Our postgraduate taught options prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or international equivalent in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline, plus appropriate experience in a professional environment.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

Most students on this programme are already employed in professional roles. They find that successfully completing the programme further develops knowledge and skills that are essential for success in professional practice.