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Our School of Health Sciences has a well established portfolio of postgraduate courses that will enable you to develop in your career in health or social care. As well as advancing your practice, our courses reflect the growing focus on person-centred practice, and our expertise in that field.

Our two main course frameworks

Our Advancing Practice in Health Framework offers a suite of courses for health professionals in areas of Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Podiatry. The Framework offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (part-time, full-time, workplace) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning. All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance.

Our Person-Centred Practice Framework, offers a number of courses for nurses and professionals working in the health and social care sector.

The Person-Centred Practice Framework Framework also includes courses allowing students from a variety of backgrounds to embark on a career in in music therapy, art psychotherapy, occupational therapy, play therapy and dramatherapy.

Additional specialist courses aimed at health professionals and social care practitioners

In addition to our two post-registration course frameworks, we offer a range of stand-alone specialist courses that will allow health professionals and social care practitioners to develop their skills and knowledge in their particular area and which may enable them to develop or refocus theirs career in a particular area. These courses range from Advancing Practice in Signed/Spoken Language Interpreting to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Delivered part-time and mostly, if not entirely, online, these courses are perfect for those wishing to study whilst in employment. 

These post-registration courses are:

On-demand online courses

We also offer flexible, online master's courses in MSc Healthcare Management, MSc Nursing, and Master of Public Health (MPH)

Why study with QMU?

• We are a leading provider of master’s level health course in Scotland, with a real strength in post-registration course provision.
• Our post-registration courses aim to prepare you to develop your knowledge and advance in your chosen career.
• Flexible study options: part-time, full-time and single modules, with many courses available fully online.
• You can gain invaluable experience by applying your learning directly to your workplace.
• We offer a collaborative multi-professional online learning environment. Learning and assessment are underpinned by current research and the evolving landscape of health and wellbeing.
• With collaborations in many countries across the globe, staff in our School of Health Sciences have developed a reputation as a major contributor to practice development on an international basis. Students on our master’s courses also reap the benefits of learning with students from other cultures.
• Some of our courses are delivered in partnership, which benefits all parties involved not only strengthening the theory practice link but offering students insight into the real world of work.
• Our person-centred culture means that we have a real focus on the individual needs of each student.

Excellent industry links

A number of our courses are delivered in collaboration with recognised bodies/ organisations. These partnerships ensure the latest thinking, development and expertise is integrated into practice quickly to benefit the service user and strengthens the symbiotic relationship between education and practice.

Our approach to learning and teaching

A major part, if not all, of your learning will be through online activity. You will use an extensive range of learning technologies and multimedia resources to support directed, independent learning. Contact between staff and students can involve recorded or live online lectures, seminars, case-based discussions and tutorials.

Focusing on the processes of learning is fundamental to our learning and teaching approaches. You will be expected to draw on your previous knowledge and skills to inform your postgraduate study and will benefit from a variety of interesting ways to participate and share experiences and opinions with your peers.

Students on the MSc Mammography will attend classes at the beginning of each module at the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI), and then carry out further independent work. As part of the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, students will be required to see patients weekly and to attend Group Supervision for the duration of the course.

A variety of assessment methods are used including; essays; literature reviews, practical examinations; portfolios; presentations; practice-based assessments; case studies; self, peer, group and tutor assessment of practical skills with feedback.

Research-informed teaching

The School has a strong record of both research and enterprise and knowledge exchange in fields such as; mental, health, physical activity, food science.

Learn more about our research and knowledge exchange centres

Find out more information on how to apply for a course at QMU.