MSc Health and Social Care

If you're a healthcare professional looking for flexible postgraduate study that fits in with your busy working schedule, our MSc in Health and Social Care can support you in learning more about your specific areas of interest in bite-size amounts.

Health and Social Care

Key information



Mode of Study:



36 months


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

This course aims to help you identify and lead your own professional development for your health or social care career. The modular structure of the University of Bolton's MSc in Health and Social Care allows you to personalise the programme to your specific interests, working on a module-by-module basis for maximum flexibility. You'll start your studies with a unit focused on developing analytical skills for professional practice, which will help you to adjust to master's level study and writing. You'll then move on to choose modules, selecting the most suitable for developing your professional role in health care. Studying the theory of your chosen subjects will support you in building a broader awareness of current issues in health and social care practice by researching themes in-depth and developing evidence-based concepts.

Alongside your core studies, you'll be able to focus on developing transferable skills such as problem-solving, leadership and teamwork, and build your abilities in information and communication technology. You'll also undertake a core module learning about research methodologies in preparation for your final core dissertation module, in which a research project can be undertaken in any health-related area of your choice.

The course aims to help you achieve your potential and enjoy your work. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to help you advance your health and social care career.

Please get in touch with the programme leader for an up-to-date list of option modules and to discuss how this course can help you achieve your professional development goals.

  • When you successfully complete this course, the University of Bolton will award you an MSc in Health and Social Care.
  • The University of Bolton's part-time MSc in Health and Social Care is a modular course, allowing for flexibility of study to fit around your commitments.
  • You'll have access to our state-of-the-art Bolton One facility, where you can get hands-on experience in our specialist Clinical Simulation Suites if you choose a clinical module as one of your elected studies.
Key Features
  • Our dedicated academics have a wealth of experience working in NHS settings and are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • You'll have the opportunity to benefit from the programme's strong strategic partnerships with local NHS and social care organisations.
  • We've been offering high-quality courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector for over 30 years.
  • As you study this course, we'll encourage you to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect and commitment to quality.
  • Practice-based learning is integral to the programme, and we'll encourage you to draw on your practice learning experience to help you apply theory to practice and consolidate your learning.
  • The course is designed to provide you with the key transferable knowledge and skills required to work across both acute and community care.

  • You may be required to attend an interview with the admissions tutor. This will allow us to explore your prior learning and establish where you may start on the programme.
  • As a modular degree based on continuing professional development, it's essential that your prior experience and learning are considered when deciding on any advanced standing to which you may be entitled. This may be based on qualifications already gained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), or it may be based on making a claim for significant work experience known as Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). This process of granting an applicant appropriate advanced standing will be overseen by the Health Pathway Admissions team and RPL Panel.
  • Normally, you're expected to have successfully completed an honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have appropriate work experience. We'll be happy to consider your application if you have a relevant professional qualification and/or substantial experience in a relevant field of practice.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The MSc Health and Social Care at the University of Bolton examines health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There is a growing demand for health and social care workers who are not restricted by boundaries and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities.

This master's degree is designed to help you develop a range of key transferable and employability skills. These include written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, research and data analysis skills, the ability to provide support and guidance, and work in complex and demanding situations.

What can I do with this qualification?

Successfully completing this master's degree will provide you with a platform to explore working in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including local authority or multi-agency teams.

Graduates with a health and social care background are also in a good position to seek careers in higher education, and commissioning and care management services. Graduates may seek roles as service managers and senior coordinators in advocacy, education and training, working with a range of people in services across the age spectrum and addressing a diverse range of health and social care needs.

Alternative career options

The course is designed to provide you with the key transferable knowledge and skills required to work across both acute and community care and in healthcare-related roles such as project work and research. Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone for entry into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Possible careers include:

  • Healthcare management
  • Research
  • Commissioning
  • Community education
  • Teaching
  • Health education training in the UK and internationally
  • Consultancy

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


Click here for more information on our Master's Bursaries.


The Royal College of Nursing may offer educational grants. Please visit for information.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

We adopt a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement, where appropriate. We use a variety of teaching methods to ensure you receive the broadest of opportunities to fulfil your potential. Our expert team will introduce the programme's core content through lectures, which we'll build on in seminars. You'll have the chance to participate in group discussions, small group workshops, and one-on-one and group tutorials.

Independent study is a key component of this course. You'll have access to eLearning packages via our virtual learning environment Moodle, and you'll need to undertake background reading and preparation for lessons.

The programme comprises 180 credits at level HE7. There are three core modules: two worth 20 credits each and one worth 60 credits (the dissertation). The remaining 80 credits are achieved by successfully completing option modules from a range available in consultation and agreement with the programme leader.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Dissertation
  • Postgraduate Preparation for Research Design
  • Developing critical analytical skills for professional practice
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Amanda Costello
Programme Leader

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

Related courses

PgCert Health and Social Care

Mode of study
12 Months

University of Bolton

PgDip Health and Social Care

Mode of study
24 Months

University of Bolton

MSc Public Health

Mode of study
14 Months

University of Bolton

MSc Public Health

Mode of study
28 Months

University of Bolton


Download the app for your smartphone from:

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
QQA Scheme Participant

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
QQA Scheme Participant