University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Primary Health Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning (Taught)

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Course summary

Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for, without having to relocate to our campus. Health care across the world faces major challenges due to the increasing demands of ageing populations and the rise in long-term chronic conditions affecting physical and mental health. Strong and effective primary care (also known as family medicine or community medicine) is a key part of the solution. This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to make a difference to primary health care wherever you are in the world. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • A unique programme to enable students to identify and implement strategies to enhance quality in primary care globally.
  • Elevate the delivery of patient care: you will acquire skills to propose, develop and implement sustainable strategies, helping to address rising rates of chronic illness and complex care needs.
  • Delivered online, you can follow a flexible curriculum. Study full-time or part-time, and work towards the full MSc degree or a postgraduate diploma or certificate.
  • Our interdisciplinary team has expertise in health inequalities, long-term physical and mental health conditions, including: multimorbidity, treatment burden, polypharmacy and migrant health.
  • Sessions are led by University experts alongside contributions from internationally renowned guest speakers.
  • Students come from a wide range of primary care, family, community, and internal medicine disciplines, including: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, managers and those working in health care management and health policy.
  • Thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, you will benefit from sharing your interests and experiences with students from other health-related disciplines.
  • By the end of the programme you will have all the skills you need to critically appraise evidence and apply a population approach to your work.
  • As part of your research project (MSc students), you will also have the opportunity to explore novel ideas or particular areas of interest that you have, with clear academic supervision.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE This online MSc programme is modular in structure, with all teaching and interactions delivered online through our virtual learning environment (Moodle). During a course, from week to week you will interact with your teachers and fellow students using online discussion boards and exercises. Your teachers will direct and observe discussions, and respond to student responses and queries. A variety of teaching approaches will be used including lectures, group-based activities, presentations and discussions. The taught courses are delivered in 11-week blocks, running from September to November, January to March, and April to June. The research project runs across the academic year. Full-time students will complete the majority of their research project work when they have completed their taught components. The selection of optional courses and the research project can be tailored to meet students’ own interests and career needs.The postgraduate diploma requires six (120 credits) and the postgraduate certificate requires three (60 credits) successfully completed courses. The MSc requires six courses (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Core Courses INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CARE PRINCIPLES AND SYSTEMS (ONLINE) RESEARCH METHODS IN HEALTH & WELLBEING EPIDEMIOLOGY, EVIDENCE AND STATISTICS FOR PRIMARY CARE PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH PROJECT (ONLINE) (MSc only) Plus, at least one of the following: NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASE AND MULTIMORBIDITY IN PRIMARY CARE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN PRIMARY CARE UNDERSTANDING EVIDENCE FOR THE REAL WORLD: CRITICAL APPRAISAL FOR HEALTHCARE Optional Courses See course page.

How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via by searching for 'international'.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from qualified personnel in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied health professionals as well as managers and those working or with an interest in primary care. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree (preferably a 2:1); exceptions may be made for those without a degree but extensive work experience in a related field must be demonstrated. International students: applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via by searching for 'scholarships'.

Primary Health Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning at University of Glasgow - UCAS