Masters Degrees in Medical & Health Sciences focus on the understanding of human health needs and the effective treatment of diseases and other ailments. Some of these programs will help train you to become a medical practitioner, specialising in a specific field such as dentistry, midwifery, ophthalmology or psychology. Others will help you to develop your understanding of broader public health challenges, helping to prevent diseases as well as cure them.
Academic programs may award full MSc degrees or shorter Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas as well as specialised Masters like the ChM (Masters of Surgery). Research-focussed academic qualifications such as the MRes or MPhil are also available.
Note that many of the courses in this discipline form part of a training pathway for aspiring medical professionals, or offer additional development opportunities to qualified practitioners. Where appropriate, courses will be accredited by national health authorities. These bodies may set additional entry requirements (such as a minimum period of professional experience).
Postgraduate courses in Medicine and Health often have very clear professional outcomes. After all, few people apply for a Masters in Dentistry without at least some intention of possibly becoming a Dentist when they graduate.
Bear in mind, however, that professional medical roles will often have additional training requirements. An appropriate Masters Degree may be an important step in your training, but there may be further study and training requirements before you can qualify.
Of course, some programs in this discipline also have a more general application. Broadly based programs in Health Sciences can lead to a number of jobs in which understanding and advising on human health issues plays an important role. You could work for local government, designing and supervising public health initiatives. Or you could work in education, helping to inform future generations about the risks and benefits associated with different lifestyle choices and activities. Careers are also available in hospital and healthcare management.
Approximately 67% of people with a Masters in Medical & Health Sciences are known to be in full-time employment six months after graduation, whilst 17% are in further study. The remainder are involved in part-time employment, voluntary activities or other pursuits.
Popular careers with a Masters in Medical & Health Sciences include: