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Health Studies BA (Hons) (Top-up)

The Health Studies BA (Hons) degree is a well-established and dynamic social science course. It provides an opportunity for students to understand and analyse contemporary developments in health and social care.


Students investigate health as a human experience mediated by individual, social, economic, political and institutional factors. Alongside the exploration of a range of health related issues, students are also able to develop essential employability skills.

This course gives you an academically and work-focused approach to understanding contemporary health and social care.

Direct entry to level six offers suitably qualified students the opportunity to “top up” to degree level. Applicants will be expected to have studied modules equivalent to those completed in the first two years of the Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons) programme.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code:  L510

Duration: Full-time, Part-time - B90045

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 
- Full-time £9,000
- Part-time: 4 year course £5,925, or 6 year course £3,950

Per Module (15 Credits) £988 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.



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Key facts for international students

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Entry criteria

Direct entry to level six offers suitably qualified students the opportunity to “top up” to degree level.

The following qualifications may be suitable for direct entry to year three:

  • Foundation Degree*
  • RGN
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Higher National Diploma
  • or equivalent and/or relevant experience

Applicants will be expected to have studied modules equivalent to those completed in the first two years of the Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons) programme.

*Please note for the 2019 entry criteria you will need an overall pass at merit.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours 


Compulsory modules

  • Public and Community Health Dissertation
  • Health Promotion and Public Health

Optional Modules

  • Gender, Health and Healthcare
  • International perspectives I: Globalisation & Health
  • Health and Social Care Management
  • Social Exclusion and Health

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.


The academic standard of the course is continually being developed with quality teaching staff from diverse backgrounds in the health studies field. The programme offers a diverse range of teaching styles including:

  • Lectures
  • Student-led seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group work
  • Problem based learning
  • Electronic-based learning
  • Guided reading
  • Problem solving
  • Visiting speakers (ensuring links with current practice)
  • Tutorial support

Assessment include

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Exams
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Dissertation

Typically you will be in lectures between 9 and 14 hours each week. These will be timetabled between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

The part-time route attempts to provide a more flexible mode of study, to support those combining study with work and family commitments.

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 12 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Personal study: 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

In addition academic tutorials are offered in all modules on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



De Montfort University offers students the chance to get involved and volunteer with the award-winning DMU Square Mile scheme


Graduate careers

The Health Studies BA (Hons) offers an ideal opportunity for individuals with appropriate qualifications and skills to top up to a full degree and enhance their career prospects in a range of occupations: management, public health, teaching, working in the voluntary sector.



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

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