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Health Studies (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years part time

  • Starting:


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Studying Health Studies (Joint Honours) at the University of Northampton will provide you with the opportunity to explore the full range of this dynamic discipline. Our course is stimulating, well-structured and research-informed, covering the breadth of contemporary Health Studies.

Our academic staff are excellent teachers that have a great deal of enthusiasm and experience for their specialist area of healthcare. You will work in a friendly environment with individual support for your learning and skills development. Our study skills training and module choices ensure that you will be well-prepared for employment upon completion of the course.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 10/03/2021


  • Flexible part-time option available.
  • Career planning aspects and Changemaker Plus Challenges available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • Our Health Studies course explores a range of contextualised health related issues, as well as developing your study and research skills. We provide an up-to-date and relevant Health Studies course in terms of both subject knowledge and skills.

    Health Studies graduates are highly valued in the job market and as a result we have consistently high rates of graduate employment. Recent graduates have been very successful in securing challenging and enjoyable employment particularly in further academic research, teaching, industrial and medicine related disciplines.

    In your first year of this Joint Honours course you will study an even split of modules in Health Studies and your second chosen subject. First year modules in Health Studies provide you with a broad-based introduction that provides a platform from which your knowledge, understanding and skills are developed. In years two and three you can select modules to allow a degree of specialism.

    The modules are taught in structured programmes that are delivered in seminars and are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. You can expect two hours of contact time each week for each 20 credit module. Classes are delivered in a variety of means – seminars and online; our aim is to provide opportunities for you to become actively involved in your learning. Personal and skills tutorials are additional to the time spent in the class.

    Methods of Learning

    The Health Studies course is delivered through well-designed and up-to-date modules that cover a wide range of topics. Our tutors are actively involved in research in their specialist areas and this feeds into the content of the modules. We aim to provide an environment that maximises your engagement, involvement and enjoyment. Extensive online resources support face-to-face contact in class.

    You will undertake a variety of activities and encounter new challenges that support learning, for instance, the ability to accurately analyse observations and measurement. Throughout the course, you will be exposed to different project designs and will develop an ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research questions.

    For this course you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for 12 hours per week. We recommend that you spend 28 hours per week in self-directed study time.


    A wide range of assessment is used on the Health Studies Joint Honours course including essays, portfolios, research reports, poster presentations, individual presentations and examinations. Stage one and three Health Studies modules at stage two and three comprise both examinations and continual assessment, whilst at stage one the Health Studies modules are continual assessments only, meaning that there are no exams at this level. The aim of the assignment programme is not only to test your knowledge and skills but also to develop your skills further (i.e giving presentations). You can expect about two items of assessment per module and these are spread throughout the academic year.

  • Our Health Studies Joint Honours has some great combinations so you can tailor your degree to your ambitions. Here are the following course combinations available to you:

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • We offer an innovative approach to enhancing the employability of our graduates. Through our Health Studies course we help develop your awareness of your subject-specific skills, transferable skills and provide you with a reflective approach to learning. We are confident that this experience gives our graduates an advantage when applying for employment or postgraduate training.

    Our course includes career planning aspects and opportunities to be involved with Changemaker Plus Challenges; these allow you to develop an awareness of both subject-specific and transferable skills.

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