• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Compulsory modules explore and evaluate the specific knowledge and skills required for the study of this MSc Sexual Health Studies programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), evaluating underpinning philosophies and relationships which influence evidence-based practice, within sexual health and covering critical thinking, moral reasoning, professionalism and skills development. Optional modules are available providing you with choice and flexibility to meet individual practice and professional needs. 

The clinical modules on this course have been specifically designed to enable first level NMC Registered Practitioners to prepare to be able to undertake further professional qualifications including the Nurse Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (NDFSRH) and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV STIF Competencies. 

The course is composed of modules of learning that, where possible, allow for individual choice and flexibility in learning. The MSc Sexual Health Studies programme is delivered on a part-time and full-time basis divided into nine modules.


At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities to enable you to gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. 

Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and UCLan’s Careers Service can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

NMC Registered Practitioners are able to choose from a range of option modules that require a placement within a sexual health service to enable them to achieve clinical competencies. 

The competencies have been designed in line with standards of practice from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Thinking and Challenges in Sexual Health 
  • Introduction to Post Graduate Research 
  • Evidence for Practice 
  • Advanced Work-based Project 
  • Non-NMC & NMC Registered Students
  • Sexual Health Promotion
  • Student Initiated Module 
  • Organisational Leadership & Management
  • HIV & Hepatitis
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Sexual Health Global Perspectives
  • Sexual Health Perspectives of Safeguarding (Adults and Children)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Honours degree in a health related subject from a recognised overseas Higher Education Institution. This must have been achieved within the last 10 years, with a minimum lower second classification or above.
  • Evidence of successful academic study at a minimum of Level 6 or equivalent, normally within the last 3 years.
  • Provide two satisfactory references (academic and personal).
  • Health Care Practitioner applicants that wish to undertake the option clinical practice modules on this programme must be qualified Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses registered with the NMC in the UK. 
  • A DBS will be required for students who undertake modules with clinical placement requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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