Postgraduate taught 

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

MSc Primary Care Programme Outcomes

MSc Primary Care Programme Outcomes

The overall aim of the programme is to help you identify and implement strategies to enhance quality in primary care. In particular, the programme aims to:

  • Equip health professionals and others with the intellectual and practical skills to apply a population approach to their work, whether that involves public health, general practice, primary care, nursing, health service management or other professions
  • Provide a grounding in the principles and values of primary care across different health care settings
  • Enable graduates to rigorously engage in and contribute to current debates around the future delivery and organisation of primary care
  • Prepare graduates for challenges facing health systems globally, including ageing populations and increasing long-term chronic health conditions, health inequalities and resource constraints

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss and apply a population perspective to health and social issues
  • Synthesise and critique the definitions and measurements of health
  • Analyse and challenge the various determinants of health and assess how they impact on an individual, local and wider environment
  • Examine critically and in depth, drawing on policy and empirical evidence and illustrating from experience, how the multi-faceted aspects of health can be measured and possible solutions considered
  • Synthesise, critique and analyse how policies and decisions taken at government, health authority, practice and consultation levels impact on health outcomes for individuals and populations
  • Contrast, compare and critically evaluate the use of different organisational approaches to primary healthcare, including patient and user perspectives, in relation to diverse and fluctuating populations
  • Critically discuss and evaluate the different methodological approaches to research in primary care

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:


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer


  • 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