MSc/PGDip/PGCert Community and Primary Healthcare Practice

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course provides a flexible opportunity for practitioners wishing to enhance their leadership, research and educational expertise within community and primary and public healthcare practice.

Key Features

Performance:

  • a new course designed to help practitioners develop their role in community, primary care and public health practice.

Teaching and Employability:

  • closely linked to current Welsh Government and Department of Health policy, practice and services
  • students are encouraged to explore and reflect on their own community and primary healthcare practice with the potential for contribution to the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary research outputs
  • the course enhances career development and promotion opportunities for successful students
  • students are supported in clinical practice by an experienced and prepared mentor

 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Continuing Your Prof Develop
Optional Modules
MSc Comm & PHC Y1 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE of the following modules, after discussion with the Programme Manager

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHGM08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM09Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
SHGM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in PHCP

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
Optional Modules
MSc Comm & PhC Y2 

Choose Exactly 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select modules worth a total of 45 credits from the College of Human and Health Sciences' module catalogue, following discussion with the Programme Manager. Once selected these modules will become core.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHCM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Scientists
SHDM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Introduction to Work-Based Research in Professional Practice
SHDM11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Planning Work-Based Research
SHGM00Academic Year30Advanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopist
SHGM07Academic Year30Developing Autonomous Practice
SHGM101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
SHGM12Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
SHGM14Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM15Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Enhancing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM16Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
SHGM17Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
SHGM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
SHGM19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health
SHGM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
SHGM37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
SHGM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations in Health Promotion
SHGM52Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Developing Programmes and Evaluation
SHGM54Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public Health Practice
SHGM66Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
SHGM89Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Protection
SHGM90Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Starting Your Professional Development
SHGM92Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Policy Influences on Your Practice
SHGM93Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Assessing Your Current Practice
SHGM94Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice
SHGM95Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30How Can I Make a Change in Practice?
SHGM96Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Advancing Your Own Practice
SHHM05Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Ethics
SHHM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHHM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
SHHM26Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Developing Practice in Minor Injury and Minor Illnesses
SHHM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Causes and management of critical illness
SHHM32Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
SHHM36Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 1
SHHM37Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2
SHHM38Academic Year15Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
SHHM45Academic Year20Clinical Governance and its Impact on Managing Adverse Events in Blood Transfusion
SHQM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Psychology of Healthcare Management
SHQM27Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Politics and Policies
SHQM29Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Quality Improvement
SHQM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Comparing Health Care Systems
SHQM33Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Economic Evaluation in Health Care
SHQM37Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organising Health Care
SHQM39Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
SHQM40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
SHQM43Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
SHVM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
SHVM42Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM46Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Chronic Pain Management

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM13Academic Year60Dissertation

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules

None found.

PGCert 1 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Continuing Your Prof Develop
Optional Modules
PGCert Comm & PHC Y1 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE of the following modules, after discussion with the Programme Manager

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHGM08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM09Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
SHGM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in PHCP

PGDip 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Continuing Your Prof Develop
Optional Modules
PGDip Comm & PHC Y1 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE of the following modules, after discussion with the Programme Manager

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHGM08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM09Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
SHGM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in PHCP

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
Optional Modules
PGDip Comm & PHC Y2 

Choose Exactly 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select modules worth a total of 45 credits from the College of Human and Health Sciences' module catalogue, following discussion with the Programme Manager. Once selected these modules will become core.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHCM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Scientists
SHDM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Introduction to Work-Based Research in Professional Practice
SHDM11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Planning Work-Based Research
SHGM00Academic Year30Advanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopist
SHGM07Academic Year30Developing Autonomous Practice
SHGM101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
SHGM12Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
SHGM14Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM15Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Enhancing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM16Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
SHGM17Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
SHGM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
SHGM19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health
SHGM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
SHGM37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
SHGM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations in Health Promotion
SHGM52Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Developing Programmes and Evaluation
SHGM54Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public Health Practice
SHGM66Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
SHGM89Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Protection
SHGM90Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Starting Your Professional Development
SHGM92Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Policy Influences on Your Practice
SHGM93Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Assessing Your Current Practice
SHGM94Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice
SHGM95Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30How Can I Make a Change in Practice?
SHGM96Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Advancing Your Own Practice
SHHM05Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Ethics
SHHM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHHM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
SHHM26Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Developing Practice in Minor Injury and Minor Illnesses
SHHM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Causes and management of critical illness
SHHM32Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
SHHM37Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2
SHHM38Academic Year15Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
SHHM43Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Work Place Learning Journey
SHHM44Academic Year20The History, Science and Practice of Blood Transfusion
SHHM45Academic Year20Clinical Governance and its Impact on Managing Adverse Events in Blood Transfusion
SHQM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Psychology of Healthcare Management
SHQM27Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Politics and Policies
SHQM29Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Quality Improvement
SHQM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Comparing Health Care Systems
SHQM33Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Economic Evaluation in Health Care
SHQM37Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organising Health Care
SHQM39Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
SHQM40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
SHQM43Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
SHVM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
SHVM42Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM46Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Chronic Pain Management

Description

To ensure that our communities are strong and sustainable, it is important to continue to improve the health and well-being of our population.

The government’s investment in public health and primary care emphasises the importance of good leadership and the need for innovative practice.

Community practitioners are vital to improving the health of the population as they are committed to working with individuals, families and communities within the public health agenda.

Their expertise in public health allows them to have insight into how social and environmental factors can influence the health and well-being of people in society.

 

This course helps practitioners to develop their role in protecting, promoting and improving public health.

The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods which offer a variety of opportunities. Teaching is carried out through formal taught sessions and discussion groups/seminars using action-based learning approaches. 

The degree offers the option for students to engage in a work-based learning module as part of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes.

Entry Requirements

Intended for home students only at present

  • A minimum of a second class honours UK (2.2) degree or above
  • An equivalent recognised qualification
  • Relevant experience may also be considered where appropriate
  • Applicants must be registered practitioners working in a community role

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £1,750
PGDip Part-time £1,750
PGCert Part-time £1,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • Buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

This is a modular postgraduate course consisting of 180 credits at level M.

The course is offered on a part-time basis with completion typically within three years.

Assessment

Students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 

Work Placements

The MSc Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course offers students the option to engage in a work-based learning module. This requires an arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator and as such will require collaboration with the NHS Health Boards and/or independent healthcare sector to ensure adequate support and supervision in the workplace.

Existing partnerships are well established and this programme will suit current arrangements.

Modules

Year 1 

Module Code  Module Title  Credits  Status 
SHGM08 Working in Community & Primary Health Care Practice       30

Core

SHGM09 Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice  30

Core

SHGM10

Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice              

30

Core

Plus 
SHGM20 Continuing Your Professional Development                      30

Core 

Year 2 

Module Code  Module Title  Credits  Status 
SHGM38 Researching in Nursing Practice         15

Core

  Optional modules  45 

Optional

 

Part 2 

Module Code  Module Title  Credits  Status 
SHGM13 Dissertation       60

Core

Additional Support

Pastoral support is offered by personal tutors and the Swansea University student support and health services are recommended to students and stipulated in student handbooks. 

Blackboard has a dedicated tab for student services which provides money advice, information about wellbeing services, equal opportunities and accommodation issues.

In cases where students have personal or any other kind of problems that they would prefer not to discuss with College lecturers, they are able to talk with a Student Counsellor. 

Similarly, if lecturers feel that the concern the student has expressed is better discussed with the Student Counsellor, they will suggest to the student that he or she make an appointment for an interview.

Staff Expertise

The course sits within the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences.

The community and public health team is well-qualified and experienced. It comprises one professor and four lecturers.   Members of the team are registered with the:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA)
  • Queen's Nursing Institute

All academic members of the team hold a Master’s degree and/or a Doctorate.

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • any registered practitioner working in a community related role e.g. Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, General Practice nurses, Community Mental Health nurses, Community Children’s Nurses, District Nurses and other allied practitioners already in the UK.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.