MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

Course Overview

The Masters degree in Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management aims to equip health and social care professionals and others, including new and recent graduates who contribute or plan to contribute to the strategically important area of long term and chronic conditions management.

Key Features

Performance:

  • Since its inception in 2007, the programme has consistently produced successful, high achieving postgraduates

Teaching and Employability:

  • Taught by experienced academics many of whom are also qualified teachers, research active and have a wealth of professional experience in chronic conditions
  • Students have the opportunity to develop a bespoke programme relevant to their particular interest and/or speciality
  • Students have a choice for their dissertation option, including the novel opportunity to draft a paper to be submitted for publication
  • Students can take advantage of inter-professional learning in small groups and the opportunity to study with international students and those enrolled on other Masters programmes

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 180 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
SHGM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations in Health Promotion
SHHM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM42Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM47Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation - Chronic Conditions Management
SHVM51Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
Optional Modules

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

None found.

Optional Modules
MSc Long Term & CCM y1 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select a maximum of 60 credits from these core modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHGM38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
SHGM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations in Health Promotion
SHHM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM42Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM51Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
AND
Long Term & CCM pt optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students can select a maximum of 45 credits from these optional modules over years 1 and 2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHGM101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
SHGM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
SHGM54Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public Health Practice
SHGM66Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
SHHM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
SHHM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Innovating Cancer Rehabilitation Practice
SHQM27Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Politics and Policies
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
SHVM46Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Chronic Pain Management

Description

The increasing burden of chronic illness is one of the greatest challenges facing health systems globally. In the UK, approximately 18 million people live with a long term or chronic condition and this number is expected to double by 2030. Approximately 80% of GP consultations, 60% of days spent in hospital and two thirds of all emergency hospital admissions are associated with chronic conditions (Department of Health 2004).

Managing long term and chronic conditions currently accounts for almost 70% of the NHS budget and these costs are projected to increase significantly given the ageing population and escalating risk factors such as obesity and inactivity.

Long term and chronic conditions can have profound and far reaching implications on all aspects of peoples’ lives and can present patients (and families) with a spectrum of needs.

People living with a long term or chronic condition require support, care and rehabilitation from a wide range of professionals in health, social and voluntary care sectors. In addition, effective health promotion, prevention, self-care and self-management will help ensure that chronic illnesses are avoided wherever possible and that people are more informed to safely and effectively manage their health and wellbeing.

This requires complex responses over extended periods of time, coordinated, proactive and collaborative input from the health, social care and voluntary sectors, patients, carers and lay personnel (as in the Expert Patient Programme).  These need to be optimally embedded with systems which actively promote and support sustainable stakeholder collaboration and patient empowerment.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this course you will need; 

  • An appropriate degree or its equivalent from an approved UK institution (preferably 2:1 or above) and evidence of recent academic study
  • A professional qualification and a minimum of two year’s relevant work experience and responsibilities considered by the University to be acceptable for the purposes of postgraduate admission
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme

How To Apply

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

International students should click www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply for more information.

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,300 £13,800
MSc Part-time £1,750 £4,600

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.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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 (approximately £5)

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

Course Structure

The MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions is designed to be both multi-disciplinary and inter-professional and thereby mirror long term and chronic condition management within the National Health Service (NHS) and government initiatives.

This course is structured as either a one year full-time or three year part-time modular taught Master's degree. The core structure is based around a holistic approach to long term and chronic conditions management, coupled with research.

The programme offer students the flexibility to choose a “bespoke” path that enables them to develop personally and professionally relevant qualifications with a range of optional modules on offer.

Students can ‘drill down’ within their specialist area, for example, health promotion, leadership or cancer rehabilitation. 

 

Assessment 

The assessment strategy for the programme incorporates a range of summative assessments including: short essays, multiple choice examination, research proposal, critically appraised topics, portfolio development and poster presentations. 

Who should apply?

This course is suited to a range of professionals and also people interested in primary prevention in relation to long term and chronic conditions from the healthcare, social care and the voluntary sectors

Career Prospects

Current and previous students have roles as nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, chiropractors, physicians and health science graduates.

Many have secured new roles in healthcare whilst studying or on completion of the programme, and others have or are considering progressing to doctoral level studies or further professional qualifications.

Students have presented work at national conferences and have published work or are in the process of doing so. 

Read more about former student  Student profile: Nicole Hopkins MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

Staff Expertise

Programme Director, Dr Tessa Watts, has expertise in supporting self-management and has completed the Health Foundation’s Advanced Development Programme for Practitioners. Tessa is also co-chair of the Chronic Conditions Research group in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, and publishes primarily in the areas of cancer, palliative care and healthcare education.

Dr Sherrill Snelgrove has expertise in chronic pain management. Sherrill is co-chair of the Chronic Conditions Research group, alongside Tessa, and publishes in the area of chronic pain management. 

Dr Jaynie Rance is a chartered Health Psychologist with particular expertise in lifestyle behaviour change. 

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.