MSc Health & Social Care

Postgraduate, Online learning

For people who want to shape the future of Health & Social care.

  • Napier code:

    72758MM

  • Course type:

    Online learning

  • Duration:

    18 - 24 months

  • Award:

    MSc

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Course introduction

If you are working in or aspiring to management or leadership positions within statutory and independent health and social care organisations then this course is for you.

Delivered fully online, the course will develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, governance, management, audit and evaluation of health and social care services.  These transferrable skills will help you to lead change, evaluate service delivery, implement quality initiatives and enhance your communication with stakeholders on these issues. 

This course provides a foundation for career progression within the health and social care sector, and as a graduate from this course you will be in a position to lead change and improvement within health and social care practice and service delivery within your working environment.

It is ideally suited to individuals who intend to balance their personal and professional commitments with their studies.



Health and social care training | Edinburgh Napier University

Learning, teaching and assessment methods focus on providing you with engaging and contemporary materials which link practice and theory and challenge you to take a critical perspective on both.

The course is delivered online by academic experts in the fields of nursing, midwifery and social care. It is inter-professional, flexible in terms of completion of asynchronous learning activities and student centred. The inter-professional approach will allow you to share your knowledge and experience with peers from other professional backgrounds this will encourage you to learn and develop new skills together to build networks and develop skills for inter-professional and interagency working.

You will be assessed through activities that require you to show leadership, creativity and synthesis of research findings.

For the award of MSc you must successfully pass all six modules, giving a total of 180 credits. All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.

Subjects include:

  • Leadership for innovation and practice
  • Research approaches in health and social care
  • Clinical governance and improvement practice
  • Population health
  • Principles of data analysis and management (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

As a graduate from the programme you will be in a position to lead change and improvement within health and social care practice and service delivery within your working environment

Further, the theoretical nature of the course means that it is particularly suitable for those who may wish to pursue an academic career in the future. The academic skills and knowledge acquired from the theoretical modules with a further emphasis on research, data analysis skills and undertaking a substantial study or critical literature review within the dissertation module provide the opportunity to develop a range of salient academic skills that will prepare you for Doctoral level study.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor Degree in any discipline.

We may also consider other qualifications or experience which demonstrate through our recognition of prior learning process that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
All Students 2017/18 2018/19
All students *£770 tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits, therefore the total cost is currently £6,930.
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment.