Health and social care

We have a reputation for being at the forefront of training high-quality healthcare professionals.

Health and social care
Not all superheroes wear capes.

Look up the definition of a superhero, and you’ll see that it’s someone exceptionally skilful, brave and successful at helping others.  Think that could be you?  Then studying a healthcare course with us could be your first step to starting a career as a professional superhero.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

Why study here?
  • Gain a degree-level qualification and advance your knowledge of healthcare.
  • Our range of up-to-date training is delivered by experts on the latest industry developments.
  • Our staff are multi-professional and have both clinical and academic credibility.
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Get work experience at the same time as a degree

Learn alongside top practitioners on one of our degree apprenticeships in health and social care

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Interested in an apprenticeship in healthcare?

Find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities, and read hints and tips for making your application successful.

A career in healthcare is pretty awesome in our book. Whether you’re looking to top up your qualifications to progress your current career, or whether you’re looking for a change of direction, we have something for you.

We offer a broad range of learning opportunities that can be adapted to suit your professional needs, including workshops, bespoke learning, credit-bearing modules and degree pathways.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

Why study here?
  • We offer both on-site and off-site training to enable you to fit your study around your work and life.
  • Our adaptable, bespoke CPD courses have been created to suit your professional role.
  • Our staff are both academically and clinically qualified, and many are also practising clinicians researching in their own specialist fields.
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Continuing professional development

Our learning opportunities are flexible and can be tailored to meet your professional development needs. Take a look through our portfolio of courses below to find out what we have to offer.

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Interested in the latest on fees and funding for some postgraduate healthcare courses?

You may be aware that Health Education England and the UK Government have recently made changes to the funding of some postgraduate healthcare courses.  Make sure you are up to date by checking out our Health and Social Care funding information.

Our multidisciplinary research addresses local, national, and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice.

A research degree from Essex enables you to develop applied research skills and advance practice in your field. Our supportive team has international experience and they work collaboratively with service users and external organisations, giving you access to cutting-edge teaching and research.

Find out more about our portfolio of courses, as well as hints and tips on making your application.

Why study here?
  • Our research is consistently ranked highly for its quality.
  • Financial scholarships are available and include internship opportunities.
  • Many of our research degrees can be flexibly studied over four to seven years.
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Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Do you know about our scholarships and studentships?

Find out more about our university wide funding, and opportunities specifically for Health and Social Care students.

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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.