Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport.

Advancing Practice

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The health and social needs of the population are changing globally.  An ageing population coupled with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services have strongly influenced the development of this Advancing Practice Programme.  Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, it is designed for any health professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.

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Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) pathway is designed for health professionals in the UK whose work is primarily clinically focused, are working towards an advanced practice role or require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role.

Advancing Practice pathway is designed for any health professional (locally, nationally or internationally) who is keen to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role.


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Clinical Doctorates

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The course is designed to change the way you think. You are expected to make a significant difference to your clinical environment from the very beginning of the programme. Ideas and methods from other academic disciplines are applied to your own fields of expertise.

This is the ideal qualification for those who retain a clinical focus with commitment to the improvement of patient care.

Healthcare professionals on the Programme may include nurses; midwives; dieticians; genetic counsellors; occupational therapists; paramedicine; physiotherapists; speech and language therapists; sport and exercise psychologists and podiatrists.

Three awards are available: Doctor of Nursing, Doctor of Midwifery and Doctor of Professional Health Studies.

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Early Years Practice Health Visiting

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Health visitors support and educate families from birth through to a child’s fifth birthday, carrying out physical and developmental checks for the children as well as offering support and advice.

This contemporary and innovative Health Visiting Course will provide new Health Visiting students with the skills and knowledge to deliver the highest standard of care to children, young people and their families. This one-year course – highly commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council - has been developed in support of the Scottish Government’s commitment to train more than 500 new health visitors in Scotland over the next three years.

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Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing

How can over a billion people age well across the world? Globally, the number of older persons is growing faster than the number of people in any other age group, putting pressure on all sectors of society. The core theme of this online postgraduate course is to bring together two perspectives on ageing: the positive view of healthy, successful and active ageing, and the negative view of illness, vulnerability, disability and frailty. The MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing considers experiences of both perspectives from around the world in a range of health, social care and policy contexts. Core modules have been developed for students who would like to specialise in this fast-growing sector. This enables critical awareness of strategies, supports and interventions that facilitate ageing with complex multi-morbidities, frailty and dementia.

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Health Research (Online)

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There is an increasing need for health professionals to be directly or indirectly involved with a range of research, evaluation, service audit or governance activities. Current policy and practice developments are placing greater emphasis on the Clinical Academic Career pathway and there are now many health professionals with a clinical/practice and research focus to their roles. These developments point to the need for rigorous, high-quality, interdisciplinary and flexible research training programmes to prepare health professionals for these challenging and rewarding roles.

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Performance Coaching

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The first of its kind in Scotland, this innovative online learning degree is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport-specific qualifications.

Grounded in coaching practice, it aligns with the UKCC Level 4 certification process and is endorsed by Sports Coach UK, enabling coaches to consider experiential learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners.

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Psychology of Sport (Accredited)

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Psychology of Sport is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in sport and exercise psychology. Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs.

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Public Health

Applied Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services)

Public health is the 'science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society' (Faculty of Public Health, 2015). This online Masters in Public Health (MPH) course is designed for students who want to explore the current and emerging key issues in the field while reflecting on their own practice, experiences and interests. We are keen for students to collaborate with us in better understanding how public health works across the three key areas of research, policy and practice and how knowledge and expertise in public health can be understood and improved at the local, national and global level.

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Sport Management (with internship)

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Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sport industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport.

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Sport Nutrition

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This upgrade to MSc course has been established specifically for students who already hold an International Olympic Committee (IOC) postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition.

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