Rural Health MSc

Entry Requirements


This course will respond to doctors and health professional colleagues seeking to develop their understanding, and find solutions to the specific challenges of serving a rural population. The course engages with the substantial and unique experience of delivering health care in rural areas, and will relate to the specific identities of each student’s practice, facilitating a bespoke course of study.

Although an advanced course in rural health and medicine, the course equally facilitates a bespoke approach to learning, allowing for practitioners to critically consider their own practice. This course will also be multi and inter-disciplinary, reflecting the primary care services provided by a range of health care professionals. Importantly, it will be respectful of the unique attributes of each profession, and for all students to be valued.

Critical to the delivery of the course is University Centre Shrewsbury, situated in one of the most rural counties in England, there is a determination to address the very significant rural health concerns evident in Shropshire and beyond.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

The MSc Rural Health is a unique course, responding to doctors and health professionals engaging with CPD, seeking to enhance their knowledge of the unique complexities and diversities of delivering health care in rural areas. The range of modules and mode of delivery will enable students to critically examine their own practice and benefit from a bespoke experience.

The course will be delivered by a range of academic staff and appropriate clinicians and relevant lecturers with current expertise and experience in rural health.

The course content includes the following modules:

  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Rural Health and Medicine in Context
  • Work Base Learning/Individual Study*
  • Leadership and Health Provision*
  • Rural Environmental and Occupational Health        
  • Equality in Rural Health: Challenges and Opportunities       
  • Women's Rural Health
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis Research
  • Dissertation

*Optional modules – you will need to choose one or the other

Course modules will either be delivered as weekly lectures or in block days, with some modules incorporating online learning.

Most taught lectures will be delivered at University Centre Shrewsbury, and supported with access to learning materials.

Level 7 modules include 400 hours learning activity with no less than 20 hours contact time.




Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, poster, oral exams and a dissertation.

The research dissertation is assessed by the production of a substantial review paper and an academic research article suitable for publication in an appropriate research journal.


This inter-disciplinary course of study will engage with doctors and health professionals working in rural areas.  It aims to address the unique challenges in delivering a high quality health service to people living in rural communities. Furthermore, the range of modules available reflects the relevant and contemporary issues of rural health, enhancing knowledge and professional development.

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from those with related undergraduate degrees or equivalent background experience, doctors and allied health professionals.

Course content enquiries

Professor Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead

Programme Leader

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