Postgraduate taught 

Primary Health Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Doctor talking to two elderly patients

This Primary Health Care MSc programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to make a difference to primary health care, as it faces major challenges internationally. Study full-time or part-time, and work towards the full MSc degree or a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24/36 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 12 months full-time; 24/36 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months full-time; 24/36 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • 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 long-term illness and complex care needs.
  • Our interdisciplinary team have expertise in health inequalities, long-term physical and mental health conditions, including:
    • multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity)
    • non-communicable disease
    • treatment burden
    • polypharmacy
    • migrant health 
  • Our interdisciplinary team has expertise in health inequalities, long-term physical and mental health conditions, including:
    • multimorbidity
    • treatment burden
    • polypharmacy
    • 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
    • allied health professionals
    • social workers
    • primary care centre managers
    • those working in health care management, improvement and 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.
  • Read more about the Programme Outcomes.
  • Why study online?

    • Flexible learning can be done at any time to fit in with other commitments. Speak to us about flexible learning options.
    • Most communication is via discussion boards or Microsoft Teams so you can reply at a time that suits you, fitting in with time zones and work commitments.
    • We record live sessions in case you can’t make it.
    • Your learning can be accessed on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone via the internet. Find out more about the remote resources available at Glasgow Anywhere.
    • We provide software to assist you, such as Office 365.
    • Your MVLS Digital Education Team provides support with technology issues by email or video chat.  
    • Flexible payment options are available. You don't have to pay everything upfront.
    • Be part of a global community of learners.
    • Connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources.
    • You do not need to have experience of studying online, you will be guided on how to access and use all of our online resources.
    • Access Library e-resources remotely at any time. This includes an extensive catalogue of e-books and journals, searchable from the Library homepage

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.

Our online Primary Health Care programme allows you to choose a route of study to match your interests and career goals, tailoring the selection of optional courses and the research project topic to meet students' own interests. 

The MSc requires six courses (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits), while the postgraduate diploma requires six courses (120 credits) and the postgraduate certificate requires three (60 credits) successfully completed courses.

Core courses

Plus, at least one of the following. These are optional, but you must take at least one of them as they are run by the General Practice and Primary Care research group and are most pertinent to a qualification in primary care:

Optional courses

Optional courses from across the cluster of Health and Wellbeing are also available and you may take a maximum of 40 credits of these courses (each course is 20 credits):

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Graduates will have the capacity to take a lead role in primary health care and family medicine quality and development, whether in Scotland, the UK or internationally. Post-award opportunities include:

  • progression of career within current healthcare or management setting
  • leadership roles in primary care teams
  • secondment to positions within government focusing on policy or improvement
  • university teaching positions
  • further study to PhD.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24

MSc

Online Distance learning

  • UK/EU/International: £1667 per 20 credits 
  • 180 credits

PgDip

Online Distance learning

  • UK/EU/International: £1667 per 20 credits 
  • 120 credits

PgCert

Online Distance learning

  • UK/EU/International: £1667 per 20 credits 
  • 60 credits

 

Fees are the same for Jan and Apr 2023 start

Fees for NHS-funded students (after NHS-discount): Jan/Apr 2023 entry: £1,112 per 20 credits, Sep 2023 entry: £1,174 per 20 credits

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from qualified personnel in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and allied health professionals and others working in or wishing to work in primary care management/quality/policy.

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.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

Applications for this online programme will be accepted up until it commences.

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