Community and Primary Health Care Practice (MSc)

Swansea University

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How long you will study
3 years

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About Community and Primary Health Care Practice at Swansea University


  • a new course designed to help practitioners develop their role in community, primary care and public health practice.

Teaching and Employability:

  • closely linked to current Welsh Government and Department of Health policy, practice and services
  • students are encouraged to explore and reflect on their own community and primary healthcare practice with the potential for contribution to the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary research outputs
  • the course enhances career development and promotion opportunities for successful students
  • students are supported in clinical practice by an experienced and prepared mentor


Course Overview

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course provides a flexible opportunity for practitioners wishing to enhance their leadership, research and educational expertise within community and primary and public healthcare practice.

To ensure that our communities are strong and sustainable, it is important to continue to improve the health and well-being of our population.

The government's investment in public health and primary care emphasises the importance of good leadership and the need for innovative practice.

Community practitioners are vital to improving the health of the population as they are committed to working with individuals, families and communities within the public health agenda.

Their expertise in public health allows them to have insight into how social and environmental factors can influence the health and well-being of people in society.


This course helps practitioners to develop their role in protecting, promoting and improving public health.

The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods which offer a variety of opportunities. Teaching is carried out through formal taught sessions and discussion groups/seminars using action-based learning approaches. 

The degree offers the option for students to engage in a work-based learning module as part of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes.

Course structure

This is a modular postgraduate course consisting of 180 credits at level M.

The course is offered on a part-time basis with completion typically within three years.


Students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 

Work Placements

The MSc Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course offers students the option to engage in a work-based learning module. This requires an arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator and as such will require collaboration with the NHS Health Boards and/or independent healthcare sector to ensure adequate support and supervision in the workplace.

Existing partnerships are well established and this programme will suit current arrangements.

Who should apply to this course

This course is suitable for:

  • any registered practitioner working in a community related role e.g. Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, General Practice nurses, Community Mental Health nurses, Community Children's Nurses, District Nurses and other allied practitioners already in the UK.

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MSc Part-time £1,950 N/A PGDip Part-time £1,950 N/A PGCert Part-time £1,950 N/A

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.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Intended for home students only at present

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