To support the ‘professionalisation’ of communication practice across healthcare, CHCR has established two fully-accredited and validated ‘pathways’ to full masters’ degrees. Meaning?
- Career professional communicators in health and social care may accredit the PgCert-HC towards a full master’s degree
- A successful CHCR health communications graduate may carry 60 UK credits forward against a full master’s award. Ultimately you need 180: so one-third home!
Option 1 – MSc in Strategic Communications
For those wanting a ‘deep dive’ in communications, this is provided by the media and communication school at Queen Margaret University. The highly-regarded comms team there includes Sally Chalmers. She is also both our current external examiner for the CHCR PgCert-HC and an occasional very welcome guest lecturer for us.
- More details about the MSc in Strategic Communications here.
- Part-time… entry usually January OR September.
- Semester 1 (Sep-Dec): Media and Campaigning (15 credits)
- Semester 1 (Sep-Dec): Understanding Research (15)
- Semester 2 (Jan-Apr): Communications Impact on Policy Making (15)
- And to complete: (Work-based) Dissertation Project (60)
- More module details: here.
Option 2 – MSc in Professional Practice
For those wanting to place communications in the broader context of healthcare management, our host institution, Buckinghamshire New University offers the MSc in Professional Practice. Course choices include: research; leadership; innovative clinical practice from a contemporary perspective; and speciality clinical modules. As with Option 1 CHCR PgCert-HC graduates may carry forward 60 credits towards the total 180 required for the award of the master’s degree. (Please note that the CIPR add-on discussed in Option 1 does not apply).