MSc Health & Social Care

Postgraduate, Online learning

Health & Social Care MSc

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


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 online (part-time) 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.

Please note that the course is currently under review and may be subject to change. 

Health and social care training | Edinburgh Napier University

Mode of Study:

Online learning


2-3 years

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Course details

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 will allow you to share your knowledge and experience with peers from other professional backgrounds, encouraging you to learn and develop new skills together to build networks and develop skills for inter-professional and inter-agency working.

You can pay for this course flexibly on a module-by-module basis. This means that you don't have to pay the full course cost upfront.


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

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

Depending on your starting trimester, your module selection and module availability you may complete the course in 2 - 3 years.

If there is any question regarding the authorship of any submitted assessments, we reserve the right to require students to undertake an online viva.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    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 learning activities and student centred.


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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
All Students 2019/20 2020/21
All students *£770 *£770
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment. Rate shown above is for 20 credits*; as course comprises 180 credits, total cost is currently £6,930

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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.

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School of Health and Social Care

At the School of Health and Social Care we go beyond the theory. Our graduates develop the professional knowledge, critical thinking and industry connections to truly make a difference.