MSc in Health and Wellbeing of the Older Person

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Health and Wellbeing of the Older Person

University of Stirling

MSc in Health and Wellbeing of the Older Person

The over-arching aim of this course is to support health and social care professionals to develop an enhanced and applied knowledge base of the health and wellbeing of the older person and their service provision.

Critical literature has been amassed which shows that current standards of care often fail to deliver good quality care for the older person, therefore the need to improve the care and experience of the older person in health and social care have become significant policy drivers in the UK and beyond. To address policy requirements it is widely recognised that professionals require knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver standards of care, act as positive role models and develop leadership capacity in the care of older people.

The important values that inform this course reflect the growing priorities that have been identified which support the need to provide an improved and more responsive level of care for older people. Furthermore it is important that new roles need to be developed within health and social care, career pathways mapped out, and leadership in this area is strengthened.

This course provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills to support the course aims. Specialist modules ensure students gain insight into the complexities of caring for older people enabling them to act as change agents, facilitating improvements in aspects of that care. Knowledge development and experience will be achieved through critical engagement with both the academic content and practice experience, directly related to the care of the older person.

The MSc in Health and Wellbeing of the Older Person was a finalist in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014 - Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post Registration) category.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts, policies and practices that influence delivery of health and social care for the older person
  • Critically apply new knowledge and skills to support collaborative working with other professionals that enables practice improvement in older persons care
  • Evaluate models of practice development and service delivery in all settings where the older person lives or is cared for
  • Develop original and creative solutions to problems and issues that arise in practice
  • Plan and execute a significant practice project which focuses on improvement of care for the older person
  • Demonstrate attributes of personal organisation, planning and evaluation skills that support effective academic and clinical work
  • Demonstrate development of attributes and skills commensurate with clinical leadership that will contribute to the delivery of high quality care for older people

Structure and content

The MSc in Health and Wellbeing of the Older Person (HWOP) contains three core modules each focused on older person care, plus two additional specialist modules. The 15-week modules are at SCQF level 11.

Delivery and assessment

The course utilises a blended approach to learning. Blackboard Collaborate™ is used as a platform for synchronised e-learning. Module content will be supported by web-based materials including podcasts. Campus days will be facilitated by face to face contact using video-conferencing/connective technologies/SKYPE where appropriate for distant students.

The course assessment strategy will centre on student acquisition of the necessary theoretical knowledge and access to expert practice required to meet the learning outcomes. The student will be encouraged to participate in a reflective and critical review of their knowledge and practice through engagement with online materials, case studies and project report.

Career opportunities

This course facilitates the development of expert knowledge in care of the older person and helps prepare health and social care professionals to deliver the specialist knowledge and skills required to support their practice.


  • 2016/17 Overseas PG Cert - £4,150 PG Dip - £8,300 MSc - £12,450
  • 2016/17 Home/EU PG Cert - £1,500 PG Dip - £3,000 MSc - £4,500
  • 2015/16 Overseas PG Cert - £3,967 PG Dip - £7,933 MSc - £11,900
  • 2015/16 Home/EU PG Cert - £1,500 PG Dip - £3,000 MSc - £4,500

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Current professional registration as a nurse or health/social care practitioner is recommended.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, campus based for full time study, we unfortunately cannot accept your application for this programme as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning programme. However, students from overseas can apply for this programme part time and will be supported via distance learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
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This course is Online & Campus Combined
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Aug. 2017
Part time
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United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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