Why study this course?
This course examines the social, political and economic context within the study of social policy and health care management. A particular feature of the curriculum is its focus on policy, management and collaborative working structures.
More about this course
This course is designed to meet the needs of those working in health and welfare services as practitioners, managers or administrators.
The student group is therefore multidisciplinary, and most course members combine study with full-time work. The course is also suitable for graduates with a research interest in the changing nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare.
The course has recently been re-validated and re-focused. It now offers increased opportunities for you to combine your study of health and social policy with specialist modules in evaluation, management, social care practice, regeneration or public health.
Considering the changing and dynamic nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare, our course opens up new employment horizons for you. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to developments in the system.
Located in the heart of London, we are proud to serve an extraordinary student population, with young and mature students joining us from across the UK and around the world.
We have scheduled teaching mostly in the evenings to accommodate your employment and personal life alongside your studies.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
+Health and Social Care Management and Policy Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
+Management of Health and Social Services (core, 20 credits)
+Research Methods for Health and Social Care (core, 20 credits)
+Strategic Planning and Change Management (core, 20 credits)
+Understanding the Policy Process (core, 20 credits)
+Children and Families: Policy and Practice (option, 20 credits)
+Ethical Issues in Healthcare (option, 20 credits)
+Health Improvement (option, 20 credits)
+Health in the City (option, 20 credits)
+Healthcare Public Health (option, 20 credits)
+Interprofessional Practice (option, 20 credits)
+Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace (option, 20 credits)
+Managing Teams (option, 20 credits)
+Wellbeing in Later Life (option, 20 credits)
You will be required to have:
a good honours degree in a health-related subject or sociology, psychology, the social sciences or politics, or the ability to demonstrate the knowledge base, academic skills and motivation to benefit from and succeed in an advanced level award (Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial work or voluntary experience in a relevant area may be considered)
We're looking for motivated applicants who have a degree in health, management, policy, social care or related subjects and can demonstrate their knowledge base, strong analytical abilities that are underpinned by academic skills. Health and social care managers or policymakers with substantial relevant work experience may be considered and are also encouraged to apply. Experienced clinical staff or senior practitioners moving into a management role will be considered.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course
Where this course can take you
This qualification will enhance the career prospects of those working in many settings where knowledge and skills in health and social care management or policy-making is relevant. Graduates from our existing programmes report improved career choices and advancement as a result of learning acquired on this programme.
Many have gone on to careers as drug and alcohol rehabilitation managers, managers of learning disability services, primary care development managers, day centre managers, sure start programme managers, health visitor managers, prison service managers, residential and nursing care home managers, advisors in local authorities, community care managers, managed policy research, service commissioners, public health consultants and policymakers.