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Our master's degree in Chronic Disease Management is designed to develop your skills and the expertise needed to promote and support behaviour change.

  • This programme team utilise links with local health, educational, social care and charity organisations.
  • Unique contemporary curriculum focusing on overcoming complex barriers to behaviour change for health improvements.
  • Work experience and demonstrable skill acquisition from the integral work placement enhances career opportunities.

Why study Chronic Disease Management?

Chronic disease in our society is on the increase, and although there is strong evidence that lifestyle adjustment can prevent and manage chronic disease, many face complex and challenging barriers to achieving lifestyle behaviour change. Innovative methods and highly trained individuals are needed to successfully tackle the problem from all sides.

There's a need in a range of health settings - including clinical, healthcare, social care and public health departments - for highly skilled, autonomous and analytical employees that specialise in the prevention, assessment and management of chronic diseases. Such employers report that it is currently challenging to find candidates with the experience and skillset needed. This degree will produce highly skilled graduates to address this gap.

This skill-enriching master’s programme provides you with the opportunity to enhance skills, knowledge and understanding of facilitating, managing and supporting behaviour change at individual, group and population levels. The degree also aims to expand your research expertise.

Chronic Disease Management MSc is ideal if you're looking to progress your current career and provides the vital skills and experience necessary to embark on a career working to tackle chronic disease.

Why St Mary's?

An integrated work placement forms part of this degree, allowing you to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. You may be able to undertake this component in your current place of work. Working within health settings will provide you with an insight into the demands of helping people to make lifestyle improvements and demonstrate transferable project management and public health skills.

The programme is underpinned by a detailed understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to behaviour change. You will gain an enhanced understanding of lifestyle management and the complex issues faced by those with chronic disease, including nutrition and physical activity to manage and prevent chronic illness.

The University has fantastic links with local health, educational, social care and charity organisations through the Centre for Workplace Learning and the University’s own Health and Wellbeing Service.

The structure of the degree is suitable for those completing the course alongside existing work commitments and also those wishing to focus solely on their studies.

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

A 2:2 honours degree or above from a UK university, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Additional requirement information

Relevant degrees include nutrition, biosciences and applied health degrees (such as nursing, medicine or allied health), health and exercise science or social science.

Individual consideration will be given to those who have obtained a 2:2 degree classification (or equivalent). Evidence of recent academic study - or a period of professional experience with responsibilities in a relevant field - is also required.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

  • Public Health and Prevention of Chronic Disease Core
  • Behaviour Change Core
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity for Chronic Disease Core
  • Self-care approaches for Chronic Disease Core
  • Chronic Disease Management in Practice Core
  • Research Methods and Statistics Core
  • Research Dissertation Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

The development of skills and competencies in behaviour change and lifestyle prevention of chronic disease are areas highlighted as a priority by Public Health England is integral to the course. This includes preventative approaches and tackling emerging conditions early, engaging hard to reach groups in the prevention and management of chronic disease, including males, ethnic minorities, pregnant women, the elderly and those from low socio-economic groups.

The degree includes a work-based learning component in which you will develop project management skills through the planning, implementation or evaluation of a particular project. This will place you in a favourable position to climb the career ladder in organisations with a chronic disease focus.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching is delivered one day per week, plus two intensive week-long blocks. Additional tutorials and discussion groups also form a part of the course.

An additional 15 day commitment is required for completion of the work placement. A number of different work formats are available for the work placement and if you work in a relevant area you may be able to complete this in your current workplace.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by online discussion, essays, case studies, reflective accounts, presentations, practical assessment, literature reviews, an evaluative report and a research dissertation.

Support is provided for assignments and the additional needs of those returning to study after a considerable break will be identified.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

January 2021

  • Home: £7,580
  • International: £13,650

September 2021

  • Home: £8,100
  • International: £13,950

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact anne.majumdar@stmarys.ac.uk.

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