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The Master in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne offers students from a wide range of disciplines the necessary knowledge and skills towards a comprehensive understanding of health, functioning and disability. Read more

Interdisciplinary Approach

The Master in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne offers students from a wide range of disciplines the necessary knowledge and skills towards a comprehensive understanding of health, functioning and disability.

Content and Goal

The program provides a broad background in health sciences from a biopsychosocial perspective and has a focus on the interaction of individuals and their environment within the context of health. Students will major in a specific area to get more in-depth knowledge depending on their professional interest and career direction.

The Master in Health Sciences aims to bring a new dimension into research, health service provision, and healthcare management by pioneering the development and application of a comprehensive approach in the field of health. It is the ideal curriculum to foster innovation in our society where aging and chronic diseases are a main challenge within the health care system.

The Health Sciences program offers the ideal preparation for students who aspire to have careers in healthcare in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment and to undertake research in health sciences. In our master program, we are dedicated to educating students so they are in an excellent position to further their career in health-related areas including positions in research, health
administration/public health, health education and health promotion, management in state and federal health agencies, and other health-related industries.

Career Prospects

The MA Health Sciences offers the ideal preparation for students who aspire to have
careers in health care in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. In our Master
program, we are dedicated to educating students so they are in an excellent position
to further their career in health-related areas including positions in research, in the
private sector, health administration/public health, health education, health promotion,
and management in state and federal health agencies.

Study Program

The two-year master’s program with 120 ECTS-credits consists of core courses, offered during the first three semesters, and major courses starting in the second semester. The core courses include different modules: human functioning sciences, health systems and services, research design, and quantitative/qualitative research methods. Other core courses include scientific and professional skills development. Starting in the second semester, students can choose a major, according to their interest. After the first year, students will be required to do an internship and start a research project, while the fourth (final) semester will be dedicated to completing the master thesis.

Prospective Students

The program welcomes students with different backgrounds such as natural sciences, biology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. For questions regarding admis-sion requirements, organization and planning of studies, please contact the Program Manager or visit our website http://www.master-healthsciences.ch (Prospective Students).

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The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation. Read more

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation.

Normally before embarking upon study within the Master of Health Sciences programme, students would first complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) and/or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc). Students are normally required to obtain a B average over their Postgraduate Diploma in order to be admitted to Masters study.

Information for new applicants

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) comprises 120 points. This can be a thesis worth the entire 120 points, a 60 point dissertation and further papers to the value of 60 points, or 30 point research project and 90 points of further papers.

A 30 point research methods paper is a requirement for the Master of Health Sciences. It can be taken as a generic “unendorsed” option or as an "endorsed" option from those listed below.

Each “endorsed” option has different requirements so it is important to seek course advice before you apply. You can obtain information about each endorsement by clicking on the links below.

The Master of Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington). Contact details at each campus are listed below. Alternatively, contact  for guidance.



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The course encourages the development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to critically appraise of the application of theory and scientific strategies to a range of health issues. Read more
  • The course encourages the development of evidence-based practice in health care.
  • You will learn to critically appraise of the application of theory and scientific strategies to a range of health issues.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field and develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease.
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

This rewarding programme is designed to provide a biological perspective on the nature and study of human behaviour and health with an emphasis on the clinical relevance of contemporary developments in the biological sciences.

Our programme is designed to improve career prospects for health professionals and offers a social context is for the anthropological and psychological issues of health and healthcare. This course covers a broad spectrum of biological approaches from the molecular to ethological studies and presents a diverse range of methods for the study of human behaviour and health.

The biological basis of behaviour is an increasingly important aspect of understanding health and illness. You will develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease. This rewarding programme provides an ideal platform for the basis for further post-graduate research, a career in consultancy-based research, or your development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to analyse the contributions of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of health and wellbeing, disease and its treatment, and care.

The programme will introduce you to a wide range of health issues from stress to sleep; it considers the aetiology and symptomology of the body’s complex processes with a thought-provoking and challenging syllabus.

Content

We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics included: the psychophysiology of health, where you will examine the effects of stress in relation to health and well-being, health research methods, and public health and social, psychological and biological approaches to health and disease.

You will be supported by a strong academic staff team of biological and health scientists and you will automatically become a part of the Department of Life Sciences’ Health Sciences Research Centre.

Modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC)

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

Compulsory modules for MSc students

Optional modules for MSc students

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

Careers in the NHS, local authorities, including education departments and social services; NGOs and other charities.



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The Research Master in Health Sciences offers a wide range of specialisations and guidance from some of the greatest minds in these fields, you will be well on your way to a very successful career. Read more

The Research Master in Health Sciences offers a wide range of specialisations and guidance from some of the greatest minds in these fields, you will be well on your way to a very successful career.

Why study Health Sciences

Explore the potential of medical research. In upcoming years, important discoveries will be made in the health sciences. Take part in unearthing these discoveries. 

Get the methodological, theoretical, and statistical foundation you need to design and carry out your own practical research—and publish your results. Work in the stimulating environment of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). Attend lectures by prominent scientists. Choose your own speciality, and do cutting-edge research with the support of a personal tutor. Learn state-of-the-art research methods, and how to study the literature on an issue, analyse data, and publish in high-impact journals.

NIHES, at the Erasmus MC, is a top-ranked institution with a strong international dimension. Let them be your springboard to a career in international research, public health, health policy, health economics, clinical medicine, or pharmaceutical research.

Target audience

The Research Master programme in Health Sciences targets ambitious students with a Bachelor’s degree or a relevant Master’s degree from a discipline related to clinical medicine and public health (health sciences, nutrition, biology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, social sciences, economics, psychology, etc.).

Career prospectives

The degree prepares you for a career in international research or in executive or advisory positions in public health, clinical medicine, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.



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This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research by enhancing your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the scientific method and practical experience in an area related to your interests. Read more
This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research by enhancing your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the scientific method and practical experience in an area related to your interests. Taught units provide intensive training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses and data interpretation. Skills training in verbal and written communication is also emphasised.

The core of the programme is an eight-month research project, conducted within one of the University of Bristol's internationally recognised research groups in either the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations.

The programme is suitable for medical, dental and veterinary students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study. It is also suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and bioscience subjects who wish to develop their research skills.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials.

Unit 1: Introduction to Research Methods in Health Sciences Research (10 credits).
This unit introduces a variety of research methods used in basic and applied clinical research including: finding and reading relevant research information; presenting research results; basic statistical analysis; data interpretation; ethics; public engagement; and commercialising research.

Unit 2: Further Research Methods in Health Sciences Research (20 credits).
This unit aims to develop further knowledge and practical experience in statistical analyses, experimental design and laboratory methods and includes training in the use of a statistical software package and practical experience in several laboratory techniques.

Unit 3: Project Proposal in Health Sciences Research (20 credits).
This unit involves planning and writing a research project proposal (4500 words), which includes a literature review, aims, impact, research plan, ethical considerations, contingency plans, timetable and references.

Unit 4: Research Club in Health Sciences Research (10 credits).
This unit aims to develop your ability to present, critically evaluate and discuss scientific findings by contributing to journal clubs, attending and summarising research seminars and presenting your own research.

Unit 5: Research Project in Health Sciences Research (120 credits).
During this unit you will gain extensive experience in scientific/clinical research by conducting an independent project related to an area of interest to you. You will write up your research in the form of a thesis (10,000 words), and present and discuss your work in a viva and research symposium.

Careers

This programme is suitable for those with a clinical or biosciences background who wish to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

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The MSc programme in Health Sciences focuses on training students who are already educated in research methodology, but wish to take a step further in developing a successful career in health science. Read more

The MSc programme in Health Sciences focuses on training students who are already educated in research methodology, but wish to take a step further in developing a successful career in health science.

Why study Health Sciences

Explore the potential of medical research. In upcoming years, important discoveries will be made in the health sciences. Take part in unearthing these discoveries. 

Get the methodological, theoretical, and statistical foundation you need to design and carry out your own practical research—and publish your results. Work in the stimulating environment of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). Attend lectures by prominent scientists. Choose your own speciality, and do cutting-edge research with the support of a personal tutor. Learn state-of-the-art research methods, and how to study the literature on an issue, analyse data, and publish in high-impact journals.

NIHES, at the Erasmus MC, is a top-ranked institution with a strong international dimension. Let them be your springboard to a career in international research, public health, health policy, health economics, clinical medicine, or pharmaceutical research.

Target audience

This Master of Science program targets ambitious students with a relevant Master’s degree from a discipline related to clinical medicine and public health (health sciences, nutrition, biology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, social sciences, economics, psychology, etc.).

Career prospectives

The degree prepares you for a career in international research or in executive or advisory positions in public health, clinical medicine, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.



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Differentiate yourself from the rest with a Masters of Science by Research degree. Read more

Differentiate yourself from the rest with a Masters of Science by Research degree

The Master of Science by Research (Health Sciences) enables you to undertake supervised research studies in one or more of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine's research areas and groups such as Anatomy, Evidence-Based Practice, Nutrition & Dietetics, Stem Cells, Urology and much more.

About the program

The Master of Science by Research (Health Sciences) enables you to undertake supervised research studies in one or more of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine's research areas and groups. It is an internationally recognised research degree and is a pathway to PhD studies. Potential areas for research opportunity include: Anatomy Evidence-Based Practice Nutrition & Dietetics Genetics Health Professions Education Immunology Indigenous Health Medical Ethics Medical Research Neuroscience Physiology/Pharmacology Physiotherapy Public Health Sports and Exercise Science Sports Management Stem Cells Urology Bond University research students have access to the specialist expertise of our internationally published academics as well as state-of-the-art facilities.

Professional outcomes

The Master of Science by Research (Health Sciences) provides you with research expertise for careers in the university, industry or research sectors.



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With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Read more

With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Programme content is underpinned by past and current research from our internationally recognised research groups: Integrative PhysiologyHuman Movement Science, and Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan.

Our MSc Sport and Health Sciences provides you with a sound grounding in research methods and analytical procedures relating to sport and health sciences. The programme presents opportunities to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules allied to our research expertise.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.

A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

Learning and teaching

The MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an academic challenge whilst also providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The Masters programme is intended to enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from sport, health and exercise. It will provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and acquire a range of transferable skills to develop as an autonomous and reflective individual.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.

Careers

A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of compulsory and optional modules, which may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. The following are examples of what you can expect to be learning.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules are likely to be;

  • Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
  • Dissertation (Journal Article).

Optional modules

Some examples of optional modules are as follows;

  • Biomechanical Aspects of Lower Limb Injury;
  • Laboratory Techniques in Physiology;
  • Paediatric Exercise and Health;
  • Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
  • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology.


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The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. Read more

The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. The Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc integrates biological, psychological and social perspectives on mental health and caters both for psychology graduates and for clinicians wishing to undertake a broad-based, rigorous and flexible higher degree.

About this degree

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of current evidence regarding mental health problems and the interventions provided to address them, as well as enhancing their research skills. A wide range of options from across the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL allows students to tailor a programme that fully fits their needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of 1–2 core double modules (30–60 credits), 4–6 optional modules (60–90 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A diploma may be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of 8 taught single modules, amounting to 120 credits.

A certificate may be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of 4 taught single modules, amounting to 60 credits.

Core modules

  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
  • Clinical Mental Health (double module – compulsory only for those who do not have at least six months’ full-time experience, or the equivalent, of working in mental health settings).

Students who are unsure whether they should take Clinical Mental Health should discuss it with the course team. It is in general unsuitable for those who are already qualified clinicians. 

Optional modules

Students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will take four optional modules, including at least one from the Division of Psychiatry. Students who do not take this module will take six optional modules, including at least three from the Division of Psychiatry.

  • Students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will choose at least one option (15 credits) from the following:
  • Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Current Research in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Current Research in Psychosis and Bipolar
  • Mental Health Care: Policy and Evaluation
  • Culture in the Clinic
  • Advanced treatment and management of Dementia (appropriateness to be discussed with Module Lead if Current Research in Dementia not also taken
  • Please note: Students who do not take the Clinical Mental Health module will select at least three modules (45 credits) from the above list
  • Any UCL modules approved by the Programme Director and not resulting in timetable clashes can be added to make up the remaining credits. Module with approval in the Division of Psychiatry are Mental Health in Social and Global Context, Epidemiological Research Methods in Mental Health, Statistical M
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health (Department of Epidemiological and Social Methods in Public Health)
  • Social Determinants of Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health (UCL Institute of Child Health)
  • Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Psychological (UCL Institute of Child Health)
  • Quality Improvements in Health (UCL CHIME)
  • Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
  • Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Pharmacological (UCL Institute of Child Health)

NB: due to timetable clashes only one UCL Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student.

Research project/report

All students undertake a final project. This may be a research project, to be reported as a paper of up to 7,000 words ready for submission to a specified journal, a blog of 1,000 words and a 20-minute talk, or a clinical project of 10,000 words reporting on a clinical topic or service evaluation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops, with considerable use of supporting online learning. Assessment methods include one unseen examination, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data, giving talks and presenting posters, and a final report in the format of a journal paper or brief for clinicians or service planners.

Placement

The programme team support students in obtaining volunteer placements in relevant mental health care and research settings, but this is not a formal part of the course and is entirely optional.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc

Careers

For non-clinicians, the programme will be an excellent grounding for clinical training, such as in clinical psychology, or for embarking on a research career in mental health. Many graduates go on to research assistant, clinical support worker or assistant psychologist posts as a first destination. The programme is also intended to prepare students for PhD studies, also a major onward route. For clinicians, this is a great opportunity to gain a higher qualification through a programme based in a leading university department which can be closely tailored to your interests across clinical, research and management fields.

Employability

Students will be taught by leading experts in their fields, will gain a strong clinical understanding of mental health, and will be able to develop their skills in research, service design and evaluation, and writing and presenting. Previous Division of Psychiatry Master’s graduates have been enthusiastic about their career enhancement, both through their programme and the connections they have made through it. We offer to find all students a placement (if they wish) for one day a week in which relevant clinical and/or research experience is obtained. A large proportion of our first cohort of graduates have gone on to paid employment in relevant areas of mental health, especially research assistant, clinical support worker, psychological wellbeing practitioner and assistant psychologist posts. Others have embarked on PhD studies. 



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Our Masters' in Health Sciences is a flexible programme that provides a range of study routes, enabling the development of specialist knowledge and meeting the vocational aims of practitioners with clinical and health-related disciplines. Read more

Our Masters' in Health Sciences is a flexible programme that provides a range of study routes, enabling the development of specialist knowledge and meeting the vocational aims of practitioners with clinical and health-related disciplines.

It is distinctive in that it provides a balance of generality and specificity of content to cater for a wide range of student educational needs. It has global perspective and seeks to encourage inter-professional practice by being open to members of different health and allied health professionals within an academic community.

Both generic and named routes on the programme are designed to enhance your employability through the in depth development of contemporary health knowledge and related transferable skills (and in turn to better meet the heath and healthcare needs of the populations the serve).

For students of a relevant pathway who meet the specific optional module entry requirements, there is also the opportunity to achieve learning that meets professional requirements for independent or supplementary prescribing, mentorship or practice teaching.

Key Course Features

-Provides a range of study routes, enabling the development of specialist knowledge and meeting the vocational aims of practitioners within clinical and health related disciplines.

-Students will develop a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of healthcare from a global perspective.

-Learn transferable skills necessary to be able to make decisions that require the exercise of personal autonomy, including initiative, problem solving, leadership and reflexive capacity in complex and or unpredictable situations.

-Evidence a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, some of which are at, or informed by, the forefront of the academic disciplines of healthcare sciences.

-Comprehensively discuss and provide critical comments on research evidence and scholarship within areas of health and healthcare sciences.

What Will You Study?

There are three core modules for all of the MSc Health Sciences routes (as well as route specific modules and a wide range of optional modules).

The three core modules are:

-Critically Exploring Professional Practice Level 7 (20 Credits)

The module aims to enable critical examination of the ‘self’ and professional practice, through the development of a professional biography.

-Research Methods Level 7 (20 Credits)

The research methods module aims to introduce students to critically evaluate research methods through the development of understanding of the philosophical, practical and ethical concepts of research and research methodology.

-Leadership and Professional Practice Level 7 (20 Credits)

The module aims to enhance students’ critical awareness of contemporary professional issues and their insight into the cultural, political and professional dimensions of leadership within health and social care organisations.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

The MSc Health Sciences programme is delivered through a broad range of learning and teaching strategies. The delivery of the programmes and their assessment will reflect the spirit of Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy and in particular emphasises:

-The development of autonomous learners.

-Provision of learning opportunities that are personally and professionally relevant and quality assured.

-The maintenance of a supportive learning environment.

-The promotion of the scholarship of teaching.

This strategy will be achieved through the use of a variety of learning and teaching techniques which include lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, debates, group tutorials, case studies, problem-based learning, visiting speakers, role play and use of clinical and health simulations with in a framework of inter-professional education wherever possible. In all these endeavours tutors act as facilitators of learning rather than merely as a means of transmitting knowledge.

Career Prospects

In summary, both generic and named routes on the programme are designed to enhance the employability of individuals through the in depth development of contemporary health knowledge and related transferable skills and in turn to better meet the health and healthcare needs of the populations they serve.

For students on a relevant pathway and who meet the specific optional module entry requirements there is also the opportunity to achieve learning that meets professional requirements for independent or supplementary prescribing, mentorship or practice teaching.

Other Admission Requirements

A candidate must satisfy one, or combination, of the following conditions:

A) An initial honours degree of Wrexham Glyndŵr University or another approved degree awarding body.

B) Equivalent overseas qualifications deemed satisfactory by the programme team

C) A non-graduate qualification which the University deems to be of satisfactory standard for the purpose of post-graduate admission.

D) Have relevant work experience at a senior level that is deemed to compensate the lack of formal qualifications and have held a position of management responsibility within the or health or social care sectors for a minimum of three years within the previous five years (this normally applies to part time home students only)

In a case where there is lack of clarity or need to gain deeper insight into a candidate’s suitability for the programme of study an informal interview with the candidate may be held, which may be undertaken via Skype or other distance communication technology.

This will allow the candidate an opportunity to provide evidence to the satisfaction of the interview panel of his/her ability to complete academic work of the required standard in the subject area and to complete successfully the scheme of study proposed.



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Why this course?. The MSc in environmental health sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in environmental health sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health.

Environmental health is the assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. This includes the study of:

  • environmental protection including control of air, water and land pollution
  • food safety and hygiene including production, distribution and fitness for human consumption
  • occupational health and safety including investigation and control of work-related accidents and ill health
  • the built environment including homes, workplaces and public spaces

Environmental health work is important and highly worthwhile and many of our students are motivated by a desire to directly improve living and working conditions for a wide range of people. 

You'll develop expertise in current methods for examining factors that affect human health, assessing and managing the risks involved, and meeting the challenges resulting from changes in the interaction between people and the environment.

The wide scope of environmental health sciences and the corresponding breadth of the degree reflect rapid technological progress. Environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, air, water and noise pollution are increasingly important and there is a pressing need for graduates with skills in these disciplines.

This course also provides an emphasis on teaching subjects that are relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations.

For example, professionals from outside Strathclyde work together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases and also in urban and industrial air quality management.  

Opportunity to do MSc dissertation linked to Malawi

The Department has strong links with Malawi. Professor Bob Kalin takes students to Malawi every year for their dissertation/project. This is mainly offered to the students in the MSc in Hydrogeology but there is the potential for students from this MSc to also take part.

You’ll study

Teaching is based on a core of conventional lectures and tutorials, complemented by group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork. The programme can be studied over one year full-time, two years part-time or up to five years through Open Access.

On the full-time programme, you’ll follow a core curriculum of eight classes and four optional class. Each class is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation from June to August.

Placements

As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry, you can apply to work with industry projects.

Facilities

Our £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:

  • environmental & molecular microbiology
  • environmental chemistry
  • analytical chemistry
  • geomechanics & soil quality
  • structural design & material science

Discover more about our laboratory facilities.

Living Laboratory for Sustainability

You'll benefit from this innovative initiative which encourages students and researchers to carry out projects that aim to work towards the enhancement of the university’s sustainability. Check out some of our students’ projects and dissertations.

Flexible learning

If you can't attend this course full-time on campus, there are various Flexible Learning options available to you.

Professional Development Courses

This is initially a non-graduating route. You'll register for one 10 credit class at a time, and have the option to build up credits. This will eventually lead to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who might want to take classes for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

A range of qualifications will be considered for entry.

Distance learning

You can also study this course by Distance Learning, which is based on three years part-time study of 60 credits per year.

This allows you to complete the course by studying online at home at a time that suits you, without attending at our Glasgow campus. This means you can study while balancing your existing work and family commitments. This option is suitable for students located anywhere in the world.

Learning & teaching

Teaching is based around lectures and tutorials. You’ll also take part in group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork.

Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on teaching that is relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations. For example, external professionals worked together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases.

Assessment

You’ll present work in written, verbal and graphical forms including field and laboratory reports, portfolios, posters and oral presentations.

Careers

Graduates in environmental health sciences are well prepared for a wide range of professions that require intellectual flexibility and analytical skill.

Many of our graduates have highly successful careers in environmental regulation, government departments, environmental consultancy, health and safety management, food industry, public water utilities, and waste management.

There is increasing recognition by employers in the private sector that graduates in environmental health have skills and backgrounds that are well suited to management roles in a range of related business activities, including the specialist field of corporate social responsibility.



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Our Masters in Health Sciences is a flexible programme of higher level study that is suitable for both clinicians and non-clinicians from both the UK and the wider international community. Read more

Our Masters in Health Sciences is a flexible programme of higher level study that is suitable for both clinicians and non-clinicians from both the UK and the wider international community. Its chief objective is to provide you with the opportunity to gain academic credits tailored to your ambitions and professional expertise and to improve your career options and pathways.

Introducing your course

This course is for clinicians and non-clinicians to develop both your independent and critical thinking skills and to enable you to constructively question healthcare policy and practice. It will also give you the skills you need to address and find innovative solutions to complex problems in healthcare, meeting the current and future challenges in healthcare.

Overview

The flexible nature of the programme means that you may bring credits from other University’s in and chose from the modules within the Faculty and wider University. If you cannot find a module to suit your needs you may choose to study an open module where in conjunction with an academic coach you will create your own learning outcomes and module of study.

You can complete this programme between one and two years full time, or between two and five years part time. All pathways end with a dissertation which is a substantial piece of work around a topic chosen by you. As a student at a Russell Group university you will benefit from research-led learning throughout your study. Furthermore, you will be supported by academic staff members who are recognised experts in their particular fields.

MSc Health Sciences gives you the freedom to tailor your studies to meet your exact requirements. As a result, it represents a bespoke programme that is a precise fit for your clinical career path.

If you are a non-clinician, this course will give you the opportunity to study the service you manage, making you better informed and equipped to face the current and future challenges within healthcare.

The modular structure of the pathway means that there are four levels of award, relating to:

  • Standalone Continued Professional Development (CPD) modules
  • Post Graduate Certificate
  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • MSc in Health Sciences

View the programme specification document for this course



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This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. Read more

Programme overview

This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. The programme provides a firm theoretical grounding in the scientific principles and clinical applications of translational cardiovascular medicine, as well as intensive training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses, data interpretation and science communication.

The core of the programme is a six-month research project, conducted within one of the University of Bristol's internationally recognised translational cardiovascular medicine research groups. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations.

The programme is suitable for clinical and bioscience graduates who wish to develop their research skills within this exciting field. It is also suitable for clinical students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, tutorials, seminars, research clubs and practical classes. In addition to four mandatory units relating to research methodology, students choose two units on aspects of cardiovascular science.

Mandatory units

- Introduction to Research Methods in Health Sciences (10 credits)
This unit introduces a variety of research methods used in basic and applied clinical research including: finding and reading relevant research information; presenting research results; basic statistical analysis; data interpretation; ethics.
- Further Research Methods in Health Sciences (20 credits)
This unit aims to develop further knowledge and practical experience in statistical analyses, experimental design and laboratory methods and includes training in the use of a statistical software package and practical experience in several laboratory techniques.
- Research Club in Health Sciences (10 credits)
This unit aims to develop your ability to present, critically evaluate and discuss scientific findings by contributing to journal clubs, attending and summarising research seminars and presenting your own research.
- Research Project in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (100 credits)
During this unit you will gain extensive experience in scientific/clinical research by conducting an independent project. You will write up your research in the form of a thesis, present and discuss your work in a viva and research symposium.

Plus a choice of two of the following units:

- Coronary Artery Disease I (20 credits)
- Coronary Artery Disease II (20 credits)
- Heart and Valve Disease (20 credits)
- Paediatric Heart Disease (20 credits)
- Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke (20 credits)

Careers

This programme is suitable for those with a bioscience or clinical background who wish to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

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The MSc Health Sciences Open Award allows you to build a bespoke Master’s degree pathway. You can access a wide range of modules across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and combine these into an MSc pathway. Read more
The MSc Health Sciences Open Award allows you to build a bespoke Master’s degree pathway. You can access a wide range of modules across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and combine these into an MSc pathway. The award offers opportunities for work-based learning and for bringing professional expertise and academic knowledge into dialogue. The recognition of the workplace as a forum for learning and development enables you to capitalise upon educational opportunities and to situate your professional practice in a rich context of academic theory. Relevant credits may be gained entirely within the Oxford Brookes modular framework or may include some credit from other recognised institutions.

This course was previously called Health and Social Care Student Designed Award.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/health-sciences-open-award/

Why choose this course?

- You will be working with staff at the cutting edge of professional development for health and social care.

- Oxford Brookes provides access to health care settings with international reputations for excellence and innovation, including the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation NHS Trust.

- We work closely with major charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support.

- As a member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, we work with partners to provide opportunities for the translation of world leading research into the teaching and delivery of health care.

- Gain academic credit for projects pursued in the workplace such as quality improvement projects or educational programmes.

- Resources at your finger-tips include a world-class academic community and access to some invaluable resources, including the Radcliffe Science Library.

Teaching and learning

Every student on the MSc Health Sciences negotiates his or her own combination of modules; please contact the programme administrator for an up-to-date list. Every MSc programme must include a dissertation or project management report, and it must also include research design training.

Oxford Brookes is committed to student-centred learning, with an emphasis on contracted learning activities and educational staff acting as facilitators. Our students are experienced professionals whose skills and knowledge have led them to design and undertake individual programmes of learning. Your programmes will build on existing knowledge and skills, and will provide opportunities for academic learning whilst further developing the professional practice of self and others. In order to draw on students’ experience and prior learning, and encourage innovation and development within the practice areas, a student-centred and facilitative approach is taken to teaching and learning.

Approach to assessment

Modules are assessed either by coursework or examination or both and full details are given in module guides. University processes ensure that assessment is rigorous, of an appropriate standard and fair - a process overseen by an external examiner, who ensures that the standards used to assess students are comparable with those of other universities.

Each assessment is designed so that you can show that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module and for the whole programme. The range, type and timing of assessments have been carefully chosen to promote independent and reflective learning. Tasks and questions are set by the module leader, internally moderated (checked by another member of staff) and sent to the external examiner to ensure that they are appropriate for assessment of the module learning outcomes and that the instructions and marking criteria are clear.

How this course helps you develop

This course will assist you in developing your career by providing a programme of study that is tailored to your individual needs. and which takes the specific nature of your current role into account. The course can thus help you to meet your professional development needs and can be tailored to match your career aspirations for the future.

Careers

Post-qualifying education in your health or social care field may allow you to take on more senior roles at work, and may improve your prospects and options for promotion and progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Professional Education and Leadership course team have research and publication interests in the fields of coaching and mentoring, service improvement, medical trainees' educational experiences, and inter-professional and work-based learning.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

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The MPhil/PhD in Health Sciences is an opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in a centre of excellence for health, and within research groups building the international evidence base for health and healthcare. Read more
The MPhil/PhD in Health Sciences is an opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in a centre of excellence for health, and within research groups building the international evidence base for health and healthcare.

The programmes are three years full-time or six years part-time for a PhD, and two years full-time or four years part-time for an MPhil. They are designed to develop your academic excellence in a multidisciplinary context.

We will equip you to undertake, analyse and evaluate health research. At the same time you have the flexibility to tailor your studies to pursue your own research interests and develop the skills you need for your future career. We support a range of different methodological and disciplinary perspectives. The common theme is the rigour of the methodology and the aim of adding to the evidence base for health and healthcare.

We ask you to provide a brief research outline with your application and give some indication of the research group within which your research interest belongs.

Training

All students are initially registered for their intended award aim (ie either MPhil or PhD). However, PhD students are only provisionally registered for their PhD. There is a confirmation of registration procedure which is a progression requirement that must be successfully completed if the student is to progress on the PhD.

As part of your research degree, you will plan a subject-specific ‘research training programme’ with your supervisor to meet your individual needs and the core training requirements of the Department. All MPhil/PhD students are usually required to demonstrate skills in the following areas, normally by taking these modules:
-Health Research in Practice
-Introduction to Regression Analysis
-Epidemiology
-Systematic Reviews

Further training, generally equivalent to at least a further 40 credits, will be agreed with your academic supervisor and programme leader. Most of our MPhil and PhD students follow the multidisciplinary approach of the MSc in Applied Health Research programme.

The University offers a variety of further opportunities for the training and personal development of research students, enabling you to make the most of your university experience. Workshops include communication skills, career management and training for postgraduate students who teach. Other learning programmes provide opportunities to enhance skills and develop new interests.

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