Postgraduate Taught

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Person-Centred Practice

As part of our Person-Centred Practice Framework, this MSc/PgDip/PgCert Person-Centred Practice course is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and care system settings and will give you a valuable, career-expanding qualification in person-centred practice. The course is delivered both full and part-time with start dates in both September and January each year.

Why QMU?

  • Suitable for a range of practitioners: Modules on this course will be of interest to a range of health and social care practitioners and you will benefit by learning alongside people working in different areas/roles.  
  • Contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches: The learning environment will generate an ethos of engagement where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.
  • Staff expertise and support: You will be taught by a team of academic staff who have a wide range of theoretical, practical and research experience in the formulation, implementation, delivery and evaluation of person-centred practice.
  • Our reputation: We have a reputation at QMU for innovative curriculum design, being supportive and responsive to learners and extensive online resources.
  • Relevance: Our conceptualization of person-centredness is consistent with the WHO Framework of ‘people-centred healthcare’.

Who is this course for?

The MSc Person-Centred Practice is suitable for international, UK and local practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of health and care systems.

More about MSc/PgDip/PgCert Person-Centred Practice and what you will achieve

The course will allow you to develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations. You will develop critical thinking, professional reasoning and research knowledge and skills to develop practice in a way that is informed by evidence and that is person-centred.

There are two core modules that you undertake to enable you to work towards a PgCert. You then have the option to study modules that are appropriate to your desired option or professional background

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/PgDip (120 credits)/PgCert (60 credits)


You can exit with a PgCert, PgDip or an MSc. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will attend classes, work in groups and carry out independent learning. We want our students to engage in the learning experiences, have a readiness to listen and explore, be prepared to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs, through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence-informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies that draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment. 


Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on the module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies

We are the Omega-Xi Chapter of Sigma Global, the only global nursing leadership organisation and with partnerships, collaborations and networks across more than 27 countries.


To achieve a PgCert you will need to complete:

  • Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • plus an elective 20 credit module from a chosen array

To achieve a PgDip, you will need to undertake a further 60 credits from an array of modules that include:

  • Developing Professional Practice (20/40 credits)
  • Risk and Resilience (20 credits)
  • Advancing Practice in Clinical Assessment (20 credits)
  • Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (20 credits)
  • Independent Study (20 credits)

To achieve a MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Bill Lawson for further information.


Graduates have taken up advanced specialist practice and leadership roles within their specialist field of practice.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be graduates with evidence of relevant recent academic study. 

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

This course is unfortunately not open to International Students who require a student visa to study in the U.K

Criminal Records Check: For students undertaking NMC approved qualifications a satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and mental health legislation for clinical placement and employability in statutory services, for work with children and in other sensitive areas of employment.


Application deadline


More information and contacts

Contact Admissions or contact Bill Lawson (Programme Leader)

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

At QMU or online
1 year full-time OR 2.5-7 years part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Start Date
January 2024
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level

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