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Dr Anne Majumdar

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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.

Please note: This programme will not be running in September 2017.

Why study Chronic Disease Management?

The burden of chronic disease in our society is growing, and innovative methods and highly trained individuals are needed to successfully tackle the problem from all sides. This vocational degree provides you with the opportunity to enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding of facilitating, managing and supporting behaviour change at individual, group and population levels. 

There's a need in a range of public 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.

This degree aims to expand your research expertise, helping you to obtain a Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework Passport, and enhancing your ability to tackle chronic disease in individuals and through public bodies.

This Master's programme 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 with individuals and groups to tackle chronic disease.

Why St Mary's?

A work placement is available as part of this programme, allowing you to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. This gives you the opportunity to observe and work within a professional environment. Working in high level sport or clinical settings will provide you with an insight into the demands of helping people to make lifestyle improvements within a role you may be interested in upon graduating.

The degree is underpinned by a detailed understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to behaviour change, a detailed appreciation of public health frameworks, and lifestyle management including nutrition and physical activity to manage and prevent chronic disease.

The course 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 Centre.

The blended learning 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.

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered using a combination of intensive week-long blocks spread throughout the year and blended learning.

The blended learning includes bi-monthly, on-site teaching, as well as online seminars and discussion. You'll participate in regular online discussion throughout the course.

There is a time-commitment for eight mid-week sessions per semester; four of these will require on-site attendance. 

Assessment methods

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 is by online discussion, essays, case studies, reflective accounts, presentations, practical assessment, evaluative report and research dissertation.

Key facts

  • Links with local health, educational, social care and charity organisations
  • Work placement offered as part of the degree
  • Blended learning offers a flexible structure
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Course content


Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career opportunities

The development of skills and competencies in areas highlighted as a priority by Public Health England is an integral part of 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'll be involved in the planning, implementation and 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.


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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £7,000
International: £13,650

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The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the 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 fee 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.

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