General Practice MSc

General Practice MSc

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three - five years

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The MSc in General Practice is aimed at providing you with an understanding of managerial, clinical and educational issues that will develop general practice, and with the complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of general practice in the context of the current health and changing agenda.

It seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills appropriate to an ever-changing primary health care agenda. The emphasis will be upon effective service provision, efficient delivery by practitioners who are able to care for patients and themselves.

Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will hold an MB ChB. Applicants must be actively engaged in general practice within Primary Care and registered as a General Practitioner with the General Medical Council and all will be interviewed. Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University's policies on equal opportunities and admissions. Particular attention will be paid to applicants' ability to benefit from the course.

Programme at a Glance

MSc (Three to five years)


  • Personal and Professional Development in General Practice (double module), or
  • Personal and Professional Development in General Practice for Experienced Principals (double module), and either
  • Quantitative Methodology for Health Research (single module), or
  • Qualitative Methodology for Health Research (single module), and
  • Project (single module)
  • Dissertation (triple module)


Plus two single optional modules from:


  • Mental Health in Clinical Practice
  • Ophthalmology in Clinical Practice
  • Group Leadership in Primary Care
  • Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation
  • Informatics for Primary and Community Health Care
  • Dilemmas in Professional Practice
  • Supervision and Mentoring
  • Dermatology in Clinical Practice
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice or Basic Trainers Course (University of Manchester)

PG Dip (Two to five years)


  • Personal and Professional Development in General Practice (double module) or
  • Personal and Professional Development in General Practice for Experienced Principals (double module), and one from
  • Quantitative Methodology for Health Research (single module)
  • Qualitative Methodology for Health Research (single module)
  • Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation, and Project (single module)
  • Two other modules from optional module list in MSc programme


PG Cert (One year)


  • Personal and Professional Development in General Practice (double module) or
  • Personal and Professional Development in General Practice for Experienced Principals (double module)
  • One other module from optional module list in the MSc programme

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 15 May 2018

Further Information

This MSc programme aims to offer maximum flexibility to general practitioners who can only participate in this type of work part-time. It fills a gap locally in higher education and its supportive and flexible approach should make it attractive to practitioners in the north of the region.

This programme believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to live practice. The MSc programme with its available exit awards will be particularly relevant to newly qualified principals within ten years of qualification who wish to undertake Higher Professional Training, or for the more experienced principal with ten years or more post-qualification experience.

The modules enable students to develop, integrate and apply understanding and skills in the personal and professional management, organisation and delivery of general practice in an on-going climate of change, the conduct and use of research, and to develop and use skills in collaborative working, debate, research and presentation.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £300 - £1080 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching and learning will focus on the development of conceptual understanding and knowledge appropriate to postgraduate level study, the application of understanding to personal and professional practice and experience, and the development of relevant skills to enhance understanding and practice. Teaching and learning methods include formal lectures, experiential work, seminars, student presentations, group discussions and activities, independent individual and group study.

Assessment methods include personal education plans, practice plans, portfolios, negotiated projects, research proposals, essays, analytical assignments and dissertation.



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