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We offer you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own 12-month research project, gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere. Read more

We offer you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own 12-month research project, gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere.

Areas of research fall within (but are not limited to) the diverse portfolio of our academic staff – chemistry, engineering, physics, health and medicine.

We provides you with the knowledge and technical skills to produce sustained and original work - work that will underpin progression in your chosen career. At the core of this is your independent research project, in which you will produce new and original data to make a solid contribution to the scientific community.

Our degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of a research team, followed by a three-month writing up period. You will be mentored by academics from one or more departments; and offered further opportunities for learning via our graduate training programme.

The dissertation, and a viva voce assessment, will showcase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen research area whilst also demonstrating your ability to critically evaluate existing literature.

You will be supported by your supervisor(s) at every stage: identifying gaps in your knowledge base (and working together to fill them), helping you to develop practical skills, increasing your data analysis skills, and guiding the writing up of your dissertation.

As well as developing intellectual, practical and transferable skills, Lancaster’s Natural Sciences MSc by Research will endow you with authoritative knowledge on a specific subject. You will gain a practical understanding of advanced research techniques, and develop competence in applying these to the development and management of your own research project.

Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data. This opens doors to careers in charities, government or industry, and provides an excellent grounding for further academic research (such as undertaking a PhD).

If you thrive on independent learning and you’ve identified an area of research that you wish to pursue, we are keen to hear from you. Please contact one of our research team leaders, whose interests align with your own, to discuss the proposed focus of your research undertaking. 

Assessment: Original research thesis and viva voce examination.



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In order to cover the need for environmental specialists, the program "Master of Science in Environmental Sciences" at the University of Koblenz-Landau… Read more

About the Program

In order to cover the need for environmental specialists, the program "Master of Science in Environmental Sciences" at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Landau Campus) provides a research-oriented, unique blend in the core disciplines of natural sciences (including environmental chemistry, landscape and applied ecology) complemented by selected aspects of social sciences such as environmental economics. You can acquire advanced methodical skills, a profound understanding of environmental problems across different scales from molecules to landscapes, and the capacity to develop solutions for these complex, interdisciplinary problems. The job-related training in soft skills (e.g. oral and written presentation) and the experience in interdisciplinary teamwork will enable you to efficiently communicate findings and solutions to scientists and the public.

The master's program in Environmental Sciences is offered by the Institute for Environmental Sciences. Find out more about the structure of the institute under: https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/environmental-sciences/environmental-sciences

Program Structure

All students take the six required modules (Compulsory part). Afterwards, students personalize the program by choosing two of the eight Specialty Areas and completing four modules in each, with an additional module of their choice. An external internship and the Master Thesis with colloquium round out the 4-semester program. The 6-week internship can be performed at an external university or governmental or industrial research institute in Germany or abroad.

Specialty Areas

Environmental Analysis
Applied Ecology
Socioeconomics & Environmental Management
Aquatic Systems
Soil Systems
Landscapes & Scales
Modeling
Chemicals in the Environment

You can also find more information and an overview of the module structures per each semester under:
https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/info-prospective-students/master-environmental-sciences

Employment outlook

Due to the interdisciplinary structure and individual choices of the Master of Environmental Sciences program, graduates have many employment opportunities in environmental research and management in Germany and beyond.

Potential Employment Areas:
Research institutes
Industry and environmental consulting firms
Planning and engineering companies
Government, public relations, environmental education
Professional organizations and societies, foundations, NGOs, political organizations
Environmental protection and conservation, media and publishers
The degree also qualifies students for acceptance into doctoral programs.

“The Environmental Sciences Program in Landau is varied. You are exposed to information from all the natural sciences that, for me personally, was fun and very interesting. This interdisciplinarity is a huge advantage for a scientific career. As a polar researcher, the training has helped me to quickly adapt to new environments and take on new challenges daily.” Christian Wolf (Graduate, doctoral student at Alfred-Wegener-Institute)

Internationally Networked

The Institute for Environmental Sciences is globally connected through international research projects and student exchange programs. The international nature of the Program is achieved through numerous international research and teaching staff, regular seminars from guest lecturers from abroad, and possible internships all over the world.

You can find a map which displays the locations of our cooperation partners worldwide under:
https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/info-prospective-students/master-environmental-sciences/international-network

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Goal of the pro­gramme

Do you want to have an impact on what people will eat in the future? Would you like to know what makes food taste good, due to the raw materials and processing technologies? Do you want to know how we could improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing? Are you interested in exploring innovations in food, such as "pulled oats" or using insects as food? If you answered yes, enrol in Food Sciences master’s programme.

The food industry is the 4th most important employer both in Finland and internationally. This industry is constantly looking for experts to solve new problems. With a Master’s degree in Food Sciences you could embark on a career in the food industry; in a food, agricultural or environmental control laboratory; as a teacher, researcher, or self-employed entrepreneur; or as an expert in government ministries or other expert organisations.

As a master in Food Sciences you will be able to help the food industry develop and renew itself, since you will possess know-how on:

  • Raw materials and processes, including their theoretical basics
  • Different food constituents and their impact on food quality
  • Factors that ensure good quality and food safety

You can enrol in the Food Sciences masters' programme if you hold a bachelors' degree in Food Sciences or in Molecular Biosciences. You can also apply to the programme if you have a bachelors' degree in a related area of the natural sciences from a Finnish or foreign university, or if you have a degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences within food sciences or other related areas of the natural sciences.

Your studies in the Food Sciences masters' programme will offer you a broad education covering courses in the composition and processing of food, in the structures and chemical reactions of food proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, and in food legislation and the safety of food additives.

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.

Pro­gramme con­tents

Food Sciences on the Viikki campus is a nationally unique programme that covers the whole food production chain from primary production via food processing to consumers. Food Sciences is an internationally appreciated field of education: food research at the University of Helsinki has been highly ranked.

Your masters' studies in food sciences will enable you to make an impact on the the creation of innovative solutions for the whole chain of food production. You will:

  • Study the theory and applications of the broad area of food sciences in lecture courses and in group work 
  • Increase your knowledge of food composition, processing, structure, and legislation
  • Deepen your knowledge of how the reactions of different food components, production processes and packaging affect the structure, sensory quality, healthiness and safety of animal and plant based foods
  • Learn laboratory working skills
  • Acquire employment skills for example by training in the food industry

Se­lec­tion of the study track

You can affect the sort of expertise you would like to gain. You can tailor your Master’s degree by choosing special studies in food chemistry, food technology, and in the science and technology relating to meat, dairy and cereals.

You can also complement your expertise in food sciences with, for example, studies in food development, food safety, food research and analysis, economics, marketing, sustainable food production, microbiology, biotechnology or nutrition.



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What are the solutions to the environmental issues on a global scale, like climate change, sustainable development and the greenhouse effect? What alternative sources of energy do we need to explore?. Read more
What are the solutions to the environmental issues on a global scale, like climate change, sustainable development and the greenhouse effect? What alternative sources of energy do we need to explore?

The Master's degree programme in Energy and Environmental Sciences focuses on the large-scale issues and tries to contribute to possible solutions to the energy and environmental challenges.

The programme is connected to the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG). Several research groups are joining forces in ESRIG resulting in a variety of research subjects, such as:

* Polymer and organic solar cells

* Climate and atmosphere

* Geo-energy

* Combustion technology

* Bio-fuels technology, land and ocean-based

* Renewable energy

* Energy and land use scenario's and modeling


The Master's programme is accessible for several Bachelor degrees in Natural Sciences.

Why in Groningen?

- Energy and Sustainability are main research focus areas
- Accessible for several Bachelor's degrees in Natural Sciences
- Excellent career prospects
- Offering interdisciplinary system and several experimental specialisations

Job perspectives

Energy and Environmental scientists from the University of Groningen are renown for their interdisciplinary systems-approach and/or specialised experimental skills. In general they easily obtain jobs in their field of study at or in:
- Research institutes or universities
- Industry
- Companies like major consultancy firms
- Governmental agencies

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BECOME A DESIRED MATHEMATICIAN. This research oriented Master’s will provide you with a rich toolkit of creative problem solving skills that will turn you into a desired scientist, both in and outside academia. Read more

BECOME A DESIRED MATHEMATICIAN

This research oriented Master’s will provide you with a rich toolkit of creative problem solving skills that will turn you into a desired scientist, both in and outside academia. You will dive deep into mathematics, develope genuine research skills in pure, applied and industrial areas and learn to think out of the box. 

CHOOSE FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL LIST OF COURSES

This Master's is part of the national Mastermath Programme, a collaboration of Dutch Mathematics Departments who joined efforts to enhance their Master's programmes. Due to this collaboration you can benefit from an exceptional list of mathematical courses, offered either by Utrecht University or another Dutch University. Check the courses page for more information and a full overview of the courses you can choose from.

WHY UTRECHT?

We combine our course offerings with personal and small-scale teaching, including:

  • a lively colloquium with distinguished international speakers;
  • research training in small group projects in pure-, applied- and industrial mathematics;
  • a unique special training in using historical sources;
  • student seminars in which you practice your own scientific presentation skills; 
  • collective learning of very advanced topics in pure or applied mathematics.

PERSONALIZE YOUR MASTER'S: CHOOSE YOUR TRACK

Within this Master's you can choose from 8 different tracks, allowing you to tailor the programme to your own personal interest. Depending on the track you choose, you can pursue your degree either in the direction of Fundamental Mathematics or in Mathematical Modeling. 

Fundamental Mathematics tracks:

Mathematical Modeling tracks:

You can also choose to do a Research project in History of Mathematics

DOUBLE MASTER DEGREE

If you are up for it, you can also combine the Mathematical Sciences programme with another Master's programmes of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (e.g. Theoretical Physics, Climate Physics or Computing Science). This will result in a double Master's degree.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

The Mathematical Sciences programme will prepare you for a challenging career, either in or outside academia. Mathematicians are desired employees in today's job market since they can easily deal with complex problems and large data sets in an abstract way. About 40% of our students continue with a PhD in mathematics or related research areas such as imaging or physics (in recent years at Harvard, London, Oxford, Stanford, etc). Many find employment in a research oriented environment at governments or in industry. Work fields include risk analysis, security, forensics, consultancy, data analytics, IT, logistics and more.



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The Master of Science in Mathematics and Science Education (M.S.M.S.E.) is a collaboration between the . Department of Education. Read more

The Master of Science in Mathematics and Science Education (M.S.M.S.E.) is a collaboration between the Department of Education and The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. This program provides a solid background in mathematics and science principles for application within formal and/or informal classroom settings. The M.S.M.S.E. program is designed for certified and practicing teachers and others with degrees or work experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who wish to enhance their subject matter knowledge and skills in science and math disciplines. It includes a core of research courses, professional education courses and electives in math and science. M.S.M.S.E. students are required to complete a final research or capstone project on a STEM topic. Students may also complete the program with a thesis.

Purpose

The purposes of the M.S.M.S.E. program are to:

  • Enhance subject matter knowledge and literacy in science, math and/or technology;
  • Develop practicing scholars of educational research related to STEM topics; and
  • Collaborate with faculty in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences to meet academic and career needs of students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the M.S.M.S.E. program, a student will be able to:

  • Think critically and speak and write clearly in STEM areas;
  • Promote science and math literacy in the K-12 classroom and society through project-based courses and experiences; and
  • Complete a capstone STEM research project in a science/math discipline that will help students develop the skills, and dispositions for lifelong learning.

Curriculum Requirements

Research Core Courses (9 hours)

Professional Education Core Courses (6 hours)

Two courses selected from the following:

Math and Science Courses (15 hours)

Selected from mathematics/science education (MSE) courses offered by the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Total: 30 hours



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SCIENCE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN UTRECHT JUDGED BEST IN THE FIELD. Students chose the Master's programme Science and Business Management at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier. Read more

SCIENCE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN UTRECHT JUDGED BEST IN THE FIELD

Students chose the Master's programme Science and Business Management at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier.

CONNECTING THE WORLD OF SCIENCE AND BUSINESS

Companies and institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as professionals with a solid understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes.

Our Master's programme Science and Business Management (SBM) offers you a unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products.

Our degree programme enables graduates of bachelor’s programmes in the life- or natural sciences to combine their passions for science and business. The programme will equip you with the knowledge and tools to identify, manage, and overcome problems that arise in each phase of the innovation process.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

SBM is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Natural Sciences, who are interested in a business career. The first year comprises a science-focused programme, in which you will receive training in a research environment within your area of expertise. A solid understanding of science is essential to bring science-based products to the market. In the SBM programme, you will build on your academic background in science while adding knowledge of business processes and practical skills for commercial settings.

From scientific research to a business internship 

Importantly, you will also focus on the strategic value and applicability of scientific research. In the second year you will obtain business management skills and learn about operations management, organization and strategic management, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship and effective communication in a business environment. You will apply your skills at the final stage of the master, during an internship at a national or international company of your choice. The internship must be sufficiently challenging and is subject to approval by the coordinator.

Interactive community

Particularly important in the programme is the level of interaction between students and lecturers. Students will regularly meet to present and share their projects and will work closely together. A strong sense of community is initiated by the programme, and also by the SBM study Association ‘Business For Life’. These enthusiastic students organize workshops, talks but also social events.



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Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure on existing natural systems. Read more
Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure on existing natural systems. Their ability to provide natural resources such as food, water and energy is at risk and waning. Under conditions of globalization, these processes are most forceful in developing countries and emerging economies with high growth rates, low awareness, loss of existing traditional knowledge bases and weak governance structures. This calls for specialists and leadership in order to develop and employ managerial, economical, governance, and technical solutions – in short, professionals with lateral understanding and trans-disciplinary approaches for a sustainable development.

The objective of the program is to form such experts. Participants are provided with appropriate knowledge and skills to analyze current problems related to the usage and management of natural resources.

Target groups of the program are recently graduated professionals with working experience in public or private institutions, authorities and enterprises of the natural resources sector. The applicants should be active in or dealing with natural resources management and have an interest in learning and working in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment.

The master program “Natural Resources Management & Development” (NRM) provides a practice oriented and skills-based learning experience in which students develop their capacity for critical thinking, and creative problem solving. It addresses bachelor’s degree holders principally of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, who aim to deepen their knowledge in Natural Resources Management and wish to acquire management and leadership skills as well as regional and intercultural competences. These experts ought to be able to assess natural resources and develop appropriate solutions considering the complex linkages with economic, social and ecological aspects.

Contents

The program consists of basic modules, including “Management of Natural Resources Systems”, “Natural Resources Economics and Governance”, ”International Cooperation and Development” and “Project and Business Management” with the aim of providing an overview on natural resources management, economics, project management and the regional and institutional context. In addition, the participants select 10 specialized electives related to topics of natural resources management emphasizing the particular situation.

The fourth semester will focus on the preparation of the master thesis. Internships and research stays if possible together with a local institution or company guarantee the practical orientation of the master research. Tutors pay particular attention that the knowledge acquired in the first three semesters is applied in the individual projects.

Tuition

Semester contribution fees, additional fees for field trips, conference participation and course materials. For more information on the semester contribution fees: https://www.th-koeln.de/en/academics/fees_5908.php

Funding

Applicants may receive one of the limited numbers of scholarships. Available are full time scholarships from the DAAD EPOS Program for applicants from DAC-list countries.

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Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure. on existing natural systems. Read more
Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure
on existing natural systems. Their ability to provide natural resources such as food, water and energy is at risk and waning. Under conditions of globalization, these processes are most forceful in developing countries and emerging economies with high growth rates, low awareness, loss of existing traditional knowledge bases and weak governance structures. This calls for specialists and leadership in order to develop and employ managerial, economical, governance, and technical solutions. Next to technical and managerial knowledge, they should also be familiar with the practices of projects between Europe and Vietnam and well trained in intercultural communication, language, culture and politics.

The objective of the program is to form such experts in the field of NRM and related concepts and methods within the context of European-Vietnamese cooperation. Participants are provided with appropriate knowledge and skills to analyze current problems related to the usage and management of natural resources. The program targets graduated professionals with working experience in public or private institutions, authorities and enterprises of the natural resources sector. The applicants should have an interest in learning and working in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment.

The master program “Natural Resources Management & Development - South East Asia” (NRM SEA) provides a practice oriented and skills-based learning experience in which students develop their capacity for critical thinking, and creative problem solving. It addresses bachelor’s degree holders principally of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, who aim to deepen their knowledge in Natural Resources Management and wish to acquire management and leadership skills as well as regional and intercultural competences. These experts ought to be able to assess natural resources and develop appropriate solutions considering the complex linkages with economic, social and ecological aspects. The consolidation of different disciplines has not only a methodological dimension but a cultural and a human one, because interdisciplinary team work requires knowledge sharing and effective communication.

Contents

The program consists of basic modules, like “Management of Natural Resources Systems”, “Natural Resources Economics and Governance”, ”International Cooperation and Development” and “Project and Business Management” with the aim of providing an overview on natural resources management, economics, project management and the regional and institutional context. In addition, the participants select 10 specialized electives related to topics of natural resources management and tools emphasizing the particular situation. The first and second semester will be conducted in Hanoi at the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources while in the third semester the student will study at TH Köln, Germany.

The fourth semester will focus on the preparation of the master thesis. Internships and research stays if possible together with a local institution or company guarantee the practical orientation of the master research. Tutors pay particular attention that the knowledge acquired in the first three semesters is applied in the individual projects.

Tuition

Tuition fees in Vietnam, basic course fees for field trips, conference participation and course material

Funding

Applicants may receive one of the limited numbers of scholarships. Available are full time scholarships from the DAAD “Sur-Place” Program for Vietnamese and foreign applicants.

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Why choose this course?. Develop the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in the fields of intelligence, security, emergency planning, crisis and disaster risk reduction and management in the UK and overseas. Read more

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in the fields of intelligence, security, emergency planning, crisis and disaster risk reduction and management in the UK and overseas
  • Combine the knowledge and skills developed in an inter-disciplinary programme where social sciences, natural sciences and public and environmental health provide real-life solutions to real-life resilience issues
  • Improve your skills as you engage with all aspects of emergency preparedness, resilience and response across a range of natural and man-made hazards, from terrorism and extreme weather events to public health and humanitarian crisis
  • Wherever you are in your career, develop your professional focus and ability in emergency preparedness, resilience or response
  • Combine theory and best practice as your learning includes practical multi-agency exercises, simulations and response structures across all emergency services.
  • At Derby you don’t just study the theory and background to resilience, through security, intelligence and planning for emergency and disaster risk reduction and response. You will take these aspects into real life situations and develop knowledge, skills and vocational attributes that will give you the necessary experience to develop or enhance career paths in these fascinating areas.

A unique combination

  • This course uniquely combines the social science disciplines of criminology and sociology with natural sciences in the field of geoscience, and through public and environmental health. This unique combination examines resilience, risk reduction and response to real world concerns associated with terrorism, extremism, radicalisation and applied intelligence studies, exploring climate, migration and natural hazard risk reduction and response through emergency and disaster management.
  • You will study at Masters level developing critical skills which bring together work-based learning approaches and innovation in the teaching of research methods using scenario building, exercises and simulations in a multi-agency environment to enhance your development, communication and planning.

Developing your skills through practice

  • You will work with emergency services first responders and local authority leads, and also benefit from the university’s relationship with the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC).
  • You will also develop GIS mapping skills and benefit from opportunities to work with Derbyshire Emergency Planning Officers and volunteer teams involved in crisis management. Field trips will involve command and control visits, humanitarian aid facilities and multi-agency simulations of real world hazards.

Aligned to UK standards

  • The programme examines National Occupational Standards in the UK for Civil Contingencies (NOSCC) in support of employer demands and the Core Competencies of the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).


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In the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master’s programme you are trained at the leading edge of drug-design and fundamental research of new drugs, optimization of existing drugs, and personalised medicine. Read more

In the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master’s programme you are trained at the leading edge of drug-design and fundamental research of new drugs, optimization of existing drugs, and personalised medicine.

Specialisations

What does this master’s programme entail?

Despite major advances in drug-research, many common diseases such as cancers, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and other auto-immune diseases, lack effective treatment, or are found incurable. You are trained for a scientific career in drug research and development. Depending on your interest, you can choose from seven specialisations to further extend your scientific training and theoretical background.

Read more about our Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences programme.

Why study Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University?

  • The programme is offered by the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) – one of the world leading academic pharmaceutical research groups.
  • We offer you a research-oriented programme in which you can specialize in different areas in the wide spectrum of drug research; from Analytical BioSciences, Biopharmaceutics, Drug Delivery Technology, Medicinal Chemistry to Pharmacology, and Toxicology.
  • The programme offers flexibility and tailoring to meet your individual scientific interests and career aspirations.

Find more reasons to study Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University.

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: the right master’s programme for you?

The master’s programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) aims to train you in the research area of bio-pharmaceutical sciences and drug research in such a way that you have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to be able to work independently as a scientific researcher. Moreover, you have a wide range of other career opportunities bio-pharmaceutical industry, science communication, and education.



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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 two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation. Read more

The two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation.

This demanding and high-level programme is ideal for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of a particular discipline with complementary understanding of its philosophical foundations combined with further honing of their analytical thinking skills. 

Five specialisations; five academic disciplines

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of five specialisations: humanities, law, natural sciences, political science, and psychology. Each specialisation delves deep into the philosophical foundations and methodological approaches underpinning that discipline. Content incorporates the very latest academic theory and the field’s historical development across a number of branches of philosophy.

Hone your intellect

The intellectual tools yielded by the study of philosophy are typically transferable skills to complement any given profession. The master in Philosophy will train you to become an outstanding critical thinker, capable of breaking down the most complex ideas and evaluating the principles upon which various positions are based. During your master, you will study, analyse and discuss primary philosophical texts while learning how to develop and communicate your own theories and ideas.

Learn from thought leaders

At Leiden University, great minds have been gathering for over five hundred years to explore fundamental questions relating to human existence. Today, the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University is an international centre for research and education, with an expansive network of partner institutes and an active programme of visiting lecturers.

During your master’s programme in Philosophy, you learn from researchers of the highest international standing. These lecturers are committed to helping you reach your potential, from using their contacts to help you get the internship you want, to inspiring you to challenge traditional ways of thinking. At Leiden, small classes allow for plenty of direct contact between you and your lecturers. Outside of class, an open door policy means that support is on hand at any time.

Specialisations



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How should psychology be positioned between the humanities, life sciences and natural sciences? How do we weigh the evidence coming from such diverse sources as experiments, case histories or introspection? Reflecting on Psychology teaches students to put their skills and knowledge in a broader context. Read more
How should psychology be positioned between the humanities, life sciences and natural sciences? How do we weigh the evidence coming from such diverse sources as experiments, case histories or introspection? Reflecting on Psychology teaches students to put their skills and knowledge in a broader context.

Using perspectives from Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, this master encourages students to open up the black box of Psychology, and to explore its relations with other parts of science and society. Questions that might be discussed or explored include:
• How should psychology be positioned between the humanities, life sciences and natural sciences?
• How do we weigh the evidence coming from such diverse sources as experiments, case histories or introspection?
• What is the value of MRI-scans in moral and scientific debates?
• Where should we draw the line between treatment and enhancement when it comes to psychotropic drugs?
• How do media creations of autism in novels and films influence the clinical reality of autism?

Reflecting on Psychology aims to attract a relatively small number of students who will be supervised individually and encouraged to come up with their own research topics. Students from Reflecting on Psychology will become skilled in writing, qualitative analysis and reflection

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The Gerontology course will build your awareness of global perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people by drawing on the views and experience of a wide range of experts including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists. . Read more

The Gerontology course will build your awareness of global perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people by drawing on the views and experience of a wide range of experts including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists. 

Key benefits

  • Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of aging. The Institute is located in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, a unique, research-led interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.
  • A highly flexible study course, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise, including geriatrics, demography, sociology and social policy.
  • We offer close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and various healthcare fields, providing insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.
  • You will gain an awareness of national, crossnational and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the course.
  • We have strong links with King’s Health Partners, one of only six Academic Health Sciences Centres in England bringing together three NHS Trusts (Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley).

Description

The Gerontology course offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or parttime. This interdisciplinary course is an ideal study pathway for health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The course is also suited to graduates from the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and the humanities.

The course is made up of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits (60 of which come

from a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words).

Course purpose

Aimed at: health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and others from the medical and health sciences, as well as students from other disciplines including social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and humanities.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 15 hours of this per module, over a 10 week term. We also expect you to undertake 135 hours of independent study for each module. For your 12,000 word dissertation, we will provide six half-hour supervisory sessions and three 2-hour workshops to complement your 591 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The department assesses students using a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to pursue of a range of careers including consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, specialist healthcare roles with older people, and strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in government, policy and voluntary and non-governmental organisations.

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