Health Studies BA (Hons)

About the course

Health Studies degree is a well established and dynamic social science course; providing a professional approach to exploring the changing field of health and social care in the UK, which can readily be applied to an international context.

You are introduced to a variety of disciplines in the first two years that provide the knowledge base and skills for understanding contemporary health and social care. In the third year you choose modules from a range of options to suit your academic interests and career aspirations.

You also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation enabling an in depth study of an academic or professional topic. You can expect to be challenged and develop your potential in a flexible and supportive learning environment.

Why you should choose to study Health Studies Degree at DMU

  • Taught by experts from a range of academic disciplines, many of whom also have considerable experience of working in health and social care
  • Study a large range of multidisciplinary modules, underpinned by cutting-edge research
  • International study opportunities allow you to broaden your understanding of the subject area

Key facts

UCAS course code: B991

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

UCAS Points
Minimum of 260 points


  • At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English. Not required if entrance via the children, families and community health FD at DMU associate colleges


  • At least 160 points from 2 A levels with a specified subject at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC National Certificate - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) - Distinction*/Distinction
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications

Access course
Pass. English GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits

Interview: Yes

Work Experience: No

International students: If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

Teaching and assessment

There are a diverse range of teaching styles including lectures, student-led seminars, workshops, group work, electronic-based learning, guided reading, problem solving, visiting speakers (ensuring links with current practice) and tutorial support. Assessment includes essays, reports, exams, individual and group presentations, case studies and portfolios.

You will normally attend 12 hours per week of time-tabled taught sessions, including lectures, seminars and workshops. Independent self-study of at least 20 hours is required and supported by staff offering individual and/or group tutorials.

The part-time route provides a flexible mode of study, ideal if you are combining study with work and family commitments.

The academic standard of the course is continually being developed with quality teaching staff from diverse backgrounds in the health studies field.

Course modules

First year

  • Psychological Theory in Health and Illness
  • Sociological Context of Healthcare
  • Health and Welfare
  • Management and Organisational Theory of Healthcare
  • Foundations for Health Improvement

Second year

  • Applied Social Research
  • Health and Disease in Communities
  • Health Care Management
  • Psychological Aspects of Health
  • Social Aspects of Health
  • Debates and Dilemmas in Health and Health Care

Third year

  • Social Exclusion and Health
  • Counselling in the Workplace
  • Health and Health Care
  • Health Promotion and Public Health
  • International Perspectives 1: Globalisation and Health
  • International Perspectives 2: Comparative Systems in Health Care
  • Ethnicity, Health and Health Care
  • Health and Social Care Management
  • Health Studies Dissertation

Work experience and placements

Placements include opportunities to shadow NHS managers. You can also undertake Erasmus exchange in Greece and Finland, allowing you to enhance your knowledge of global issues and practice.

Graduate careers

A diverse and expanding range of careers are developing in health and social care (including the voluntary and private sector):

  • Health promotion/education
  • Community development
  • Management/ administration
  • Policy/research
  • Medical journalism

Our graduates have increased employability due to the breadth of disciplines they cover. Graduates can progress to our Masters by Research MA/MSc|.

Fees and funding

Full-time £9000
Part Time 2013/14
4 Year Course £5925
6 Year Course £3950
Per Module (15 Credits) £988
Band 1 £10,750
Band 2 £11,250

Learn more about fees and funding information|.


Learn more about our Undergraduate scholarships| and awards information.


Investment of £8 million in our teaching and learning facilities means you have access to the latest AV technologies to develop your practical experience.

DMU’s award winning library is stocked with books, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is open 24 hours a day.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

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PO Box 28 
GL52 3LZ, UK

T: 0871 468 0 468

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070

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