This programme has been designed to be highly flexible in terms of student choice. There is only one core (compulsory) module of Research Methods in Health, which must be undertaken prior to the dissertation stage. Remaining modules can be chosen from the wide range offered by Schools both within and outside the Faculty of Health. This flexible choice of modules allows the student to design a programme of study that matches his or her perceived needs for personal and professional development. Such choice would be facilitated, managed, and approved by the Course Director, to ensure overall coherence of the modules chosen within the programme. The programme is distinctive in that it is designed to be of interest to a wide range of health professionals and to those from other disciplines with an interest in health or health care delivery. Health professionals require both academic accreditation and flexibility when pursuing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and our postgraduate courses endeavour to fulfil these needs. This flexible course is available on a part-time or a modular route – up to 5 years. Additionally, modules can be taken as independent standalone units of study.
There are four Schools in the Faculty of Health: the School of Health and Rehabilitation, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Pharmacy. Each of these offers a range of modules at postgraduate (M) level, each of which can potentially form part of a programme of study on this course. In addition, there are a number of modules offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Science with a strong relevance to health.
Although hosted in the School of Health and Rehabilitation, this course is a faculty-based programme and draws on modules from across the Faculty of Health and the wider University, encouraging and facilitating interdisciplinary and interprofessional education. The aim of this flexible modular course is to broaden the student’s knowledge and understanding in the field of health sciences, and encourage personal and professional development. It is also about fostering greater insight into how different disciplines, through a programme of shared learning and teaching, can contribute to this aim.
The MSc programme comprises taught modules to the value of 120 M Level credits and a dissertation of 60 M Level credits, giving a total of 180 credits. Students may choose to finish their studies after completing 60 taught credits (Postgraduate Certificate) or 120 taught credits (Postgraduate Diploma), or they may study any module on a stand-alone basis and obtain the relevant credits. The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years, but students may take up to five years if they wish to follow the modular route. The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.
The core module of Research Methods in Health will underpin the knowledge and skills needed to undertake the dissertation. Other modules may be chosen from a wide range available within Schools in the faculty, and within some Schools outside the faculty, thus meeting the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the scientific background of their own specialism and to integrate this into their professional practice.
For a Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits must be obtained (choice of all options) and for a Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits must be obtained, including the core (compulsory) module of Research Methods, plus choice from option modules. For the MSc a dissertation on a topic related to the course must additionally be completed. Dissertation workshops provide support for students. An appropriate supervisor to support the dissertation process will be allocated from within the Faculty.
Teaching & Assessment
Lecture sessions are led by a variety of experienced authorities in their field. Therefore, the student receives a wide knowledge base from academics and practising experts. Teaching methods include: lead lectures, tutor and student led tutorials, problem solving scenarios, case studies, presentations, computer practicals, small group work and the use of the Virtual Learning Environment.
The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: critical review papers, essays, portfolios, presentations, interactive practical examinations, assessment in the field and use of the VLE (online assessments), and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.