Benefits of this course
You will develop your critical, analytical, research and communication skills and learn how to apply them effectively in an inter-professional workplace.
The flexible modular structure means you can study to postgraduate certificate or master's level.
At postgraduate certificate level you can choose to study the General Professional Practice route, or specialise in one of the following areas:
- intensive care
- cardiac care.
At MSc level, you will study the General Professional Practice route together with elective modules that reflect your own professional interests and area of specialism.
You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.
- Master of Science (MSc)
Who is this course for?
If you are an experienced health and social care professional who wants to explore areas you are curious and passionate about then this course is for you.
Our flexible and work focused master's degree will give you critical insight into the evidence base surrounding your area of interest and enhance the skills you need to excel in professional practice.
The programmes are made up of a number of core and elective modules. The Programme Director will be able to advise you in your choice of elective modules.
Contact hours and mode of delivery will vary, dependant on the module options chosen. Each 15-credit module has a total of 150 hours of study which is comprised of face to face contact, on- line activity, directed and self-directed study.
To be awarded the MSc Professional Practice you must complete the four programme core modules (Professional Leadership, Evidence Based Evaluation, Professional Practice Project, and SHS MSc Dissertation Module) and additional elective modules to the value of 45 credits.
MSc Elective modules
The postgraduate level modules currently offered by the School (subject to change) can be found at the School of Health Sciences home page. The list includes both clinical modules and non-clinical modules. The module list is not binding as new modules become available from time to time and will be offered if they are appropriate. Similarly, some modules may be withdrawn. Some modules may only run every second year so it is important to make your module choice in advance and in close consultation with your programme director.
To be awarded the PG-Certificate Professional Practice you must successfully complete the programme core module (Professional Leadership) and additional elective modules to the value of 45 credits.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Teaching and assessment
You will learn through a dynamic mix of direct and interactive methods, e-learning and work-based learning, including:
- self-directed study
Your modules will be led by leading researchers and experienced practitioners, ensuring that your studies are informed by the latest developments in the field.
There is a strong focus on inter-disciplinary working, designed to reflect current health and social care practice.
Assessment methods vary depending on the module but can include:
- project work
- practice assessment
- reflective practice
Fees and funding
Fees for academic year 2022/23
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of two percent. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Future Finance Loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details visit the Future Finance website.
Successful completion of the PGCert or MSc programme demonstrates your commitment to professional practice and lifelong learning in the continually evolving health and social care sector.
You will be ideally placed to progress in your career, taking on greater responsibility in administration, management, research, education, and clinical practice in a range of public and private settings.
How to apply
Minimum entry requirements for both the Postgraduate Certificate and MSc Professional Practice:
- Honours degree (lower second-class or above) or evidence of higher level study undertaken within the last five years
- Experienced professional practitioners without the above will be given the option to undertake a 15 credit module from the programme (as a standalone module). If successful you will be eligible to join the programme.
If you have successfully completed the PGCert Professional Practice you may apply to be readmitted to complete the MSc, provided that the maximum period of registration for the programme will not be exceeded.
English language requirements
For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry:
- A first degree from a UK University
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): a score of 72 required
- TOEFL 100 overall.
As part of your application you will be expected to provide the following:
- Personal statement
- Summary CV.
September 2022 entry
- Apply online for MSc Professional Practice with full-time study in
- Apply online for MSc Professional Practice with part-time study in
January 2023 entry
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is where we accept a previous qualification as meeting the learning outcomes (or covering the syllabus) for part of a course or module, so you don't need to take it as part of your degree.
If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) at City.
For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).