School of Health and Social Care

Masters study

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We're champions of people-centred education

At the heart of our courses and research is the desire to innovate to improve patient care and drive forward best practice in Health and Social Care. We encourage multidisciplinary working and have a reputation for being at the forefront of training high-quality health care professionals.

We ensure our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. Our staff are multi-professional, have both clinical and academic credibility, and work across traditional boundaries. Studying at Masters level with us allows you to use the academic skills you gleaned at undergraduate level and build on your life experiences to become a qualified health care professional.

We run a selection of Masters level pre-registration courses in Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, which do not require you to have already studied healthcare before. We also run Masters level courses such as MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Leadership in Health and Care for those that are looking to develop their existing knowledge and skills set in their field.

Explore our Masters courses
Why choose us?
  • Small class sizes to enable high levels of support and peer discussion
  • Improve your employability by developing excellent links with our clinical partners in practice.
  • You'll gain vital research skills which will prepare you for future career or study

Enhancing your skills

Not sure if a traditional Masters degree is for you? We have other options that can work around your commitments.

Continuing Professional Development

If you're thinking about a Masters degree, but don't have the time to commit to a full time course, our continuing professional development pathways may be the ideal option for you. By undertaking a series of CPD modules you can build up the credits and experience that will allow you to finish with an MSc degree in areas such as health care practice or medical and clinical education.

Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD)

Alternatively if you want to develop your research skills then a one year Master of Science by Dissertation gives you this opportunity. These research degrees can be used as a springboard to a PhD, or can simply enhance your knowledge of an area of research interest that may help develop your career.

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Save 33% on future tuition fees

If you're currently studying at Essex or have completed a degree with us before, you could save 33% on the first year of both a postgraduate taught course and a research degree.

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Making your application

Places on our courses here at Essex are in high demand. To give yourself the best chance of securing your place here, we recommend you consider the following:

How much do I know about the course?

Working in health and social care can be highly rewarding, but like any sector, it also comes with its challenges. It's important that you have an awareness of these challenges, and are up to speed with current issues. We'd recommend you keep up with health and social care news, and subject appropriate journals and magazines, e.g, RCSLT's Bulletin, Community Care, etc. You may find your local library already has a subscription that you can access.

How can I demonstrate that I have what it takes?

You'll notice that many of our courses are underpinned by the NHS Constitution, as well as our own Essex values. The NHS Constitution is an important document which establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

This document very clearly explains that the patient is at the heart of everything the NHS does. We take this commitment seriously, and so are looking for people who have the potential to be future healthcare superstars.

Many of our courses are a blend of both theory and practice, so we also need to hear from you about both your academic and practical skills.

Think carefully about how your experiences have prepared you for some of the challenges of the course, and how they can make you stand out from the crowd. For example, if you've worked in retail, you're likely to have developed your communication skills, so you may be able to talk about this.

My course requires an interview.  What can I do to prepare?

For many people, the idea of being interviewed is quite daunting. There's no need to panic. We're on your side.

We aim to use the interview process to get to know you and to find out your plans for the future. Our interview panels are led by our staff and may include students, service users/experts by experience, and local placement partners. Many of the panel will have been through a similar process at some point in their career, so they'll appreciate you'll probably be feeling nervous. Try to relax (as best as you can) and think of it more as a discussion with colleagues about why you'd like to join us.

For Social Work, our interview will also include discussing a case study.  Further information about the case study will be included in the information we send to you in advance.  Please make sure you read this carefully, and give yourself time to prepare.  We also recommend that you read up on the role of social workers, and the values and ethics of the profession:  BASW, Social Care Institute for Excellence and Social Work England are a good starting point!

COVID-19 and teaching in the School of Health and Social Care

Throughout the pandemic, the safety of our community is our top priority.  We appreciate that applicants, current students, and staff alike are bound to have questions about how things are currently working. Head over to our undergraduate page for FAQs about how we are managing teaching during the pandemic.