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MSc Health Sciences

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide a bio-psychological perspective on the nature and study of human behaviour and health, with an emphasis on the contemporary developments in the social and biological sciences. The broad spectrum of biological approaches from molecular to evolutionary studies presents a diverse range of theories and methods for the study of human behaviour and health. You develop your research skills through the study of research methods, a research project and contact with active researchers.

This course deals with a wide range of health issues from stress to sleep, and looks at the aetiology and symptomology of what can be complex processes. The course is supported by a strong academic staff team of biological and health scientists. The Department of Life Sciences’ active Health Sciences Research Centre holds regular seminars.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Health Sciences

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    University of Roehampton

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £13,000

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Roehampton Lane campus, London

Academic entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a usually with a good second-class honours degree (or above) in psychology, biology, or a related degree (or equivalent) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad in a related subject. Non-graduates with appropriate professional experience or other qualifications such as a second-class degree may be accepted on an individual basis after consideration by the Programme Convener.

English entry requirements

Graduates for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Students who fail to meet this standard at the point of application are recommended to attend a pre-sessional English course at the University.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent research project.

The programme adopts a broad range of learning and teaching strategies to ensure students

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Careers in the NHS, local authorities, including education departments and social services; NGOs and other charities.

Modules

Compulsory modules for MSc students

  • Health Research Methods
  • Communication
  • Dissertation
  • Public Health
  • Health Psychophysiology

Optional modules for MSc students

  • Review
  • Principles of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Practical on Brain Function
  • The Brain from a Clinical Perspective
  • Brain, Diet and Addiction
  • The Immune Brain
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Psychometric Practical

Please note that this option can only be taken with the specific permission of the Programme Convener and is not to be taken on registration.

 

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) - Students select 60 credits (three modules) from the following:

  • Health Research Methods
  • Communication
  • Principles of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Public Health
  • Health Psychophysiology
  • Psychometric Practical

 

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) - Students select 120 credits (six modules) from the following:

  • Health Research Methods
  • Communication
  • Review
  • Principles of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Practical on Brain Function
  • Brain, Diet and Addiction
  • The Immune Brain
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Public Health
  • Psychometric Practical
  • Health Psychophysiology

 

Reasons for choosing this course

The programme aims to:

  • disseminate and update knowledge of, and scientific principles relevant to, health and health related issues within the context of changing health systems and services
  • improve career prospects for students: to further career progress of health professionals, and to provide better chances for entry into professional careers for students without significant work experience
  • provide the basis for further post-graduate research
  • provide the basis for consultancy-based research
  • encourage the development of evidence-based practice in health care

 

Main learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the programme will:

  • have an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease
  • have the ability to critically appraise the role of theory and the application of scientific strategies to health issues
  • be able to analyse the contributions of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives relevant to the understanding of health and well-being, disease and its treatment, and care
  • have an critical understanding of the conceptual, practical and analytical framework for research and employment within the health services or professions relevant to health
  • have practical knowledge of health-relevant ethical issues, analysis, evaluation and reporting
  • be able to critically evaluate current advances and trends in relevant areas of research, policy
  • be able to synthesize and analyse data and critically evaluate information from a range of
  • have confidence in public presentations