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Clinical Health Sciences Education (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)


Course Description

The MSc in CHSE offers suitably qualified health care practitioners an opportunity to develop their skills in teaching, assessment, curriculum design, development, evaluation and research. The student teachers on this course learn these skills in both stimulated and professional practice contexts which are underpinned by the philosophy of interdisciplinary learning. This results in teachers who are thoughtful, critical and more importantly prepared for the challenges of teaching within higher education. Students are required to maintain a portfolio throughout the course and are required to complete 100 hours of teaching practice (80 hours classroom teaching and 20 hours clinical teaching).

The programme takes place over two years on a part-time basis. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, Blackboard and self-directed learning. The assessment process used is a combination of written and practical assignments. In year one, students develop their knowledge and skills in health sciences education while year two concentrates on research and the completion of dissertation.

Admission Requirements
Entry Requirement for interdisciplinary healthcare applicants

Registration as a health services professional with the appropriate body and working in a relevant area and
an honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualifications and
a minimum of three years full-time recent clinical experience practice or equivalent since registration. This experience must be where learners are undertaking placements.

Entry Requirement for nursing and midwifery applicants
Active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and
an honours degree in Nursing or Midwifery
have a minimum of three years full-time recent clinical nursing practice or equivalent since registration. This experience must be where student nurses or midwives are undertaking placements.

It is the student's responsibility to secure all teaching hours prior to commencing the course (80 Classroom teaching hours and 20 Clinical teaching hours). Applicants are required to confirm their teaching arrangements in writing with their application. Students who already hold a M.Sc. may opt to take the educational modules only in year one and be awarded a P.Grad. Dip. in CHSE. Successful completion of the M.Sc. CHSE will allow nursing and midwifery students to apply for registration as a nurse tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Nursing and midwifery students who wish to be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland must complete an additional module (NU7004 or NU7203) as well as the other education and research modules. Nursing and midwifery students who already hold a masters degree and who wish to be eligible to apply for registration as a RNT may be required to take an additional module (NU7004 or NU7203) if their masters degree is in a discipline other than nursing/midwifery.

Documentation required to complete application
Contact details of 2 academic referees
Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
Written confirmation of teaching arrangements.

Entry Requirements

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