A professional environment for your postgraduate studies

The College of Human and Health Sciences is research led, and practice driven. We develop programmes, modules and research projects in response to demand from the health and social care workforce.

Many of our staff have dual qualiļ¬cations, bringing years of hands-on professional experience to an academic career. A number of our programmes are accredited, approved or have support from established external organisations, including, the Royal College of Nursing, British Association of Therapeutic Playwork (BATP), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and Health Professions Council (HPC).

Further information

Professional Development

If you are already working in a field related to the human and health sciences, you may want to enhance your skills or meet new professional requirements in your work place. You can do this by studying with us.  

The College has many continuing professional development opportunities including modules, post-registration degrees and awards and we also hold subject specific events.

You can view our continuing professional development pages here.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation for prior (certificated) learning is where credit is awarded for learning which has already been assessed and certificated as part of a completed or partly completed course undertaken in Higher Education (e.g. a previous degree). Sometimes there may be overlap between the original and the new programme of study. 

Accreditation of prior (experiential) learning is where ‘learning achieved outside education or training systems is assessed and, as appropriate, recognised for academic purposes’  (Quality Assurance Agency 2004).  

Read more about AP(e)L and AP(c)L here.

Work-based learning

Our work-based learning programmes allow you to gain academic credits for practice development work being undertaken in your work environment. Our focus is your personal and professional development.

These work-based learning programmes acknowledge, value and reward the learning which takes place beyond traditional education and facilitate the integration of practice with theory throughout. This focus enables professional and personal development of students, at the same time facilitating practice development. 

You can view our work-based learning programmes here.


There are four departments in the College, each with a great deal of expertise and experience in their subject areas:

  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Public Health and Policy Studies
  • Interprofessional Health Studies

You can view more about these departments and our research centres, here.