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Health Sciences courses

If you’re interested in the science of health – from individual health, to global issues, such as epidemics or dementia, an Open University health sciences course could be for you. Or to learn more about the provision of health and social care, study a joint course in healthcare and health science.

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Health Sciences

Degree 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


Health Sciences

Diploma 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


Health Sciences

Certificate 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Health Sciences with The Open University?

Through our health science courses, you’ll study the scientific concepts that underpin the function of the human mind and body; the incidence, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability; and the maintenance and improvement of health.

The benefits of studying a health sciences qualification with us are:

  • You’ll explore health and disease from a multi-disciplinary evidence-based approach.
  • We’ll develop your practical skills in investigating, analysing and presenting information and data.
  • You’ll gain transferable skills that will enhance your employability in the healthcare sector.
  • You can fit our flexible study around your work and other commitments.

Careers in Health Sciences

The Open University’s health sciences qualifications are particularly relevant if you work in a health-related profession, or you’re thinking about doing so. Applying evidence-based scientific methodology is an essential skill needed for working in healthcare and health science settings.

Our courses in health science can help you start or progress your career as a:

  • Health Science Researcher
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Medical Journalist
  • Health Services Administrator

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Health Sciences modules

All Health Sciences courses

Browse all the Health Sciences courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

See our full list of Health Sciences courses