• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Missenden Abbey
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

The CHCR (The Centre for Health Communications Research) Postgraduate Certificate in Health Communications (PgCert-HC) was launched in 2015. It addresses a partly-unmet UK market need for a 'gold-standard' course. One which provides a comprehensive and high level skill-set for senior communicators in health and social care.

Initially framed for the UK National Health Service (NHS), the course was designed and developed by the senior CHCR team in collaboration with the communications development group at the NHS Trust Development Authority (now NHS Improvement).   It is taught in four intensive residential weeks at the University's Missenden Abbey conference centre. There are regular appearances by senior guest lecturers/speakers from both NHS and the commercial sector.

This programme is delivered at Missenden Abbey in partnership with the Centre for Health Communications Research (CHCR).

What will this course cover?

The aim of this bespoke course is to professionalise communications in NHS organisations. The course will help improve operational skills and strategic understanding to support NHS organisations, particularly Trust and FT Boards and CCGs, to crucially deliver Five Year Forward View objectives. Each student will benefit from a significant amount of training and support to better equip them to improve on the key areas of: patient, public, community and staff engagement; public consultation and engagement; interpersonal and management communications; the implementation of sustainability and transformation plans, stakeholder engagement and so on.

For more information visit the Centre for Health Communications Research's website

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

For more information, visit the Centre for Health Communications Research's website.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • External Communications
  • Internal and Healthcare Communications
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Management Communications


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU 2019/20: Please visit the Centre for Health Communications Research's website.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Graduates have clearly shown there are direct benefits to participating NHS organisations by improving understanding of health communications and by providing the knowledge needed to support teams to transform care and therefore improve quality for patients.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

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