Studying a Masters (MSc) with Education for Health

Are you thinking of studying for a Masters, but not sure of the next steps? Can’t find the course that suits you, or worried about how you would fit studying into your life while you work?

Our Postgraduate Programmes are deliberately designed for study on a part-time basis, so you can balance the demands of practice around your studying. Standalone modules allow you to focus on specific areas relating to your own working life – and you can build these into an MSc Respiratory Practice or MSc Long Term Conditions over a period of up to six years.

Accredited by the University of Hertfordshire, our postgraduate offerings are suitable for a range of roles looking for postgraduate learning that complements their everyday experience of work. Booking is open now for many of our Level 7 modules, or you can register your interest for the next date.

Shakila Devi Perumal graduated with Education for Health with a Masters in Respiratory Practice in 2017, here she talks about her experience.

We’ve tried to answer your most frequently asked questions below – and if you can’t see the answer to your question, our Programmes Team would be happy to help on programmes@educationforhealth.org

Who can study for a Masters with Education for Health?

Our Masters is beneficial for a variety of healthcare professionals, including those adapting to a changing evidence base, change in their own role, or changes in the political and economic climate.

Our students can focus on specific areas as they study, to ensure they are getting the key knowledge and skills for their role, and often work to implement service change as part of, or soon after, completing their MSc.

While a typical student does have, at minimum, a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject, we are able to take students who can demonstrate experience, knowledge and skills at a level equivalent to degree study before starting. Our Programmes team can work with you to determine your suitability.

What makes your Masters the right one for me?

Our Masters is taught by active clinicians with hands on experience; so when you discuss case studies, you know you are working with people who experience similar real life situations and ensure their advice and support is realistic.

By selecting from a broad range of modules you’ll also be able to mould the course to your needs, ensuring you gain the most practical knowledge and skills for your role.

Through our Masters you’ll also gain the opportunity to critically explore your own practice, as well as using your dissertation to complement and assist you and your part in service delivery.

How can I study for a Masters when I am working and have personal commitments?

Our MSc is provided part-time, over a period of up to six years, meaning you can pace the demands of the course to fit in around your other commitments.

You can start on the programme at a time that suits you – it doesn’t have to be in September, in fact with lots of our modules starting in January and February, the new year can be a great time to start!

Our students never take more than one, or at the most, two modules at a time. This helps to ensure they have enough time for everything – work, personal commitments and time to develop an in-depth understanding of the subjects they are studying.

And, with the opportunity to gain credit for previous study you may have fewer modules to take than you think.

What credit can I get for my previous studies?

The programme affords students the opportunity to APCL (Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning) relevant academic study into the MSc pathway.

Credit will normally be awarded for certificated credit gained within a five year period, if you want to find out more about this, please contact us on programmes@educationforhealth.org.

For medical staff undertaking the programme, their registered medical qualification can be counted as equivalent for certain credits, please contact us to find out more.

How much will it cost and when do I have to pay?

The cost of your MSc with Education for Health depends on the modules you choose, and how much credit you have been given for previous study. Around half of our Masters students are able to gain credit for previous study and therefore reduce the number of modules they take and the subsequent cost.

If you are not able to gain any credit for previous study, then a full MSc with Education for Health would typically cost £6,100.

However, this payment is not made in a single sum, students take their modules over a number of years and pay for modules as and when they take them.

Students who do not complete the full MSc but instead complete a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, would typically pay £2,185 or £4,115 respectively.

Each module does need to be paid for in full before the start date.

What might my programme look like, what options do I have?

Your route will vary depending on previous experience and academic credits.

Unless you are given credit for a registered medical qualification, then you’ll need to take our a compulsory module, plus credits from a wide range of optional modules that help you shape your path through the MSc – depending on the modules taken that could be as few as three modules to gain those 90 credits.

Finally, you’ll take the compulsory Research  module, and the Dissertation, to complete your MSc.

If during your studies you decide you are no longer able to commit to a full Masters, we also have stepping off points for a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma along the way. We have recently introduced two specific Postgraduate Certificates, one in Teaching and Learning and another in Diabetes Care, and these are gained after just two modules each.

What do I do next?

If you like the sound of our Masters programme, you can either email us about starting on the programme, or book onto your first module via our website, and we’ll be in touch to talk about next steps.

To book online, visit our store to see what dates are scheduled. If a module doesn’t currently have dates listed, you can register interest in that module and we’ll be in touch once dates are set.

You can also sign up for our newsletter, to hear more about all our course offerings and future dates.

Click here to go to our Postgraduate Programmes pages.

Click here to see all Level 7 modules with dates.