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Professional Doctorate in Health Science MSc

  • Full or part time
    Full time & Part time available
  • Course fees
  • Course Disciplines
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  • Course Duration
    2 years FT, 3 years PT, 5 years associate student
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About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

The aims of this course are to develop postgraduates with the theory and practice of applied research in health sciences and to the principles underpinning health and social care practice.

This course has been developed in collaboration with health and social care organisations in the UK. It builds upon theoretical perspectives and research evidence on health behaviour and health related policy from the disciplines of psychology, sociology and health and social care management.

Opportunities for an individual programme of study are provided so that a coherent personal development plan can be organized providing a broad base of areas of study with an element of individual choice of areas of focus

Core Modules:

Social & Behavioural Sciences: aims to identify and analyse social, psychological, political and cultural influences affecting public health and health promotion policy and practice.
Introduction to Health Economics: aims to introduce students to different methods for the finance and delivery of health care and provide them with international examples drawn from the Europe, Africa, Arab states, Australia and US.
Epidemiology and Needs Assessment: explores and critically appraises the key concepts of epidemiology and their application to public health and health promotion.
Physiology and Pathophysiology: developed to enhance the healthcare professional’s knowledge of the physiological and pathophysiological processes which, together with social and psychological phenomena, underlie health and disease.
Research Methods or e-Research Methods: an introduction to research methods and presents a platform for students to engage in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and develop an ability to utilise specific research techniques.
Dissertation: supervised research project (20,000 words)
Optional Modules (depending on enrolment):

Public Health Nutrition: applies public health and health promotion principles to nutrition as a key element to improving public health.
Accountability in Health & Social Care: aims to increase knowledge of legal accountability underpinning health and social care provision for clinical and professional decision-making skills.
Person-centred counselling skills: aims to enhance the therapeutic quality of relationships with those requiring counselling skills, examining relationships and the therapeutic use of self.
Leadership, Innovation and Change: aims to develop the skills and knowledge required by health care professionals to creatively lead the cultural change required to place patients and clients at the centre of care delivery.
Organisational Behaviour in Health and Social Care Organisations: aims to provide a broad overview to key issues arising from contemporary research in OB.
Work-based learning: enables learning and personal development through individual work based activities and the dissemination of practice that will improve patient care.

Visit the Health Science MSc page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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125th Anniversary Scholarships - 20+ Awards

125th Anniversary Research Scholarships£5M investment for up to 125 research studentships and bursaries from Sept ‘09To celebrate our 125th anniversary, Bangor University is launching a five year programme of postgraduate expansion. This starts in 2009-10 when we will invest around £5M in up to 125 research studentships and bursaries, with further expansion and more opportunities to apply for in the future. The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges: Arts & Humanities
Business, Social Sciences & Law
Education and Lifelong Learning
Natural Sciences
Health & Behavioural Sciences
Physical & Applied SciencesThe majority of the Bangor 125th Anniversary Scholarships will be fully-funded studentships, covering all fees for three years plus an annual maintenance allowance. A number of research studentships will specifically be available for outstanding international students. In addition, there are a large number of Bursary awards worth £6,500 a year and a variety of targeted awards.For further information, and to register your interest at the earliest opportunity, follow the web link below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fully-funded research studentships + maintenance allowance


The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges.

Application Procedure

Initially, follow the web link below to register your interest. Further information will be sent directly.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entry to the MSc Health Science programme requires a 2(ii) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a recognised institution. Degree subjects acceptable for all programmes: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational/speech & language therapy, Physiotherapy, Medicine/Dentistry, Psychology, Radiography.

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