The MSc/MA/PGDip/PGCert Student Designed Award will allow you to design a course that builds on your previous learning and focuses on your own personal and professional needs.
It is a multiprofessional course open to a wide range of professionals and non-professionals who work in health or social care settings, providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
The Student Designed Award is a flexible study option which allows you to build your own award. If you have been unable to find a course that meets your specific requirements, or you wish to plan a course that builds on your previous learning and meets your personal and professional needs, the Student Designed Award is right for you.
The Student Designed Award’s distinctive course design gives you maximum flexibility and allows your learning to directly relate to your career and clinical interests. You can choose from a very wide range of existing modules in the health and social care portfolio and add academic credit for learning from projects or other workplace activities to build your individual programme.
Prior learning from experience or accredited courses may also be included for up to two-thirds of the programme, if this learning is relevant to your agreed objectives. For example, you may want to combine modules from our postgraduate course portfolio, for example Cancer Studies, Palliative Care, Public Health, Management in Health and Social Care or Higher Professional Education and others. The options, if not quite limitless, are very extensive.
Your programme may therefore contain all or any of the following:
credit gained from previous certificated courses of study or modules
learning through experience
taught modules that can be selected from a wide range of options
work-based learning projects
units studied at another institution.
When selecting the elements of your programme, you will be guided by your academic adviser to ensure that you meet the aims you have identified. Following discussion with your adviser, your programme of achieved credit and planned study will be coherent, in that all the parts must relate to each other and must be directly relevant to the title of the award sought. You will be asked to write a statement that justifies the combination of prior credit and the modules chosen, before commencing your studies.
Please note: As our courses and modules are reviewed regularly, the list of available modules may vary from semester to semester. All programmes of study must be approved by the university in writing.
The teaching, learning and assessment strategies are determined by the content of the planned programme. Your programme and award title are agreed between you and your academic adviser on admission, and then submitted for approval by the university. In the case of work-based learning or independent study, teaching, learning and assessment are negotiated between you and your academic adviser/supervisor and, in the case of work-based learning projects, your employer.
International Student Requirements:
If your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level, with appropriate writing skills. You will need an IELTS score of 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.