This programme provides the knowledge and skills that are required to become effective healthcare managers The programme is flexible and suitable for a wide range of health practitioners, teachers or others with an interest in health studies. Students gain credits for each module and these are accumulated for a range of awards. Students can take breaks and return to study in a pattern that suits them best. The programme comprises a total of seven taught modules, each worth 30 credits and a dissertation module, worth 60 credits. Students select two modules for the PGCert, four modules for the PGDip and four modules plus a dissertation for the award of MSc. Typically students choose modules that complement their professional interests. MSc Health Studies This is the most flexible route. Research Methods is a compulsory module, and other modules are selected according to personal interest. MSc Health Studies (Healthcare Management) This is a specialised route in which students must complete three compulsory modules: Research Methods; Leadership and Management; Policy and Politics of Health. In addition the focus of the dissertation must be on a management topic. The work-based module offers a further opportunity for independent study linked to workplace issues. MSc Health Studies (Public Health for Practitioners) This is a specialised route with three compulsory modules: Research Methods; Public Health; Society and Health. The focus of the dissertation must be a public health topic. The modules are: Research Methods; Public Health; Leadership and Management; Management of Chronic Illness and Disability; Policy and Politics of Health; Society and Health; Work Based Evaluation Module; Dissertation.