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Health Technology Assessment - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the assessment of relevant evidence and knowledge on the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies. It contributes to priorities and decisions in relation to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. This Masters in HTA focuses on the production, critical appraisal and use of scientifically rigorous research evidence, applied to a range of health-related areas.

Why this programme

-Our postgraduate taught courses provide a solid grounding in all the major disciplines within the field of Health Technology Assessment. This is unique within Scotland, and is one of few such programmes worldwide.
-Our faculty are world-class experts in their fields, who are active not only in research and teaching, but also involved in HTA decision-making at a national level (e.g. through NICE, SHTAG).
-Our teaching is research-led. The courses have been developed to reflect the latest academic research and up-to-date challenges in HTA decision-making.
-You will gain a comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience of the interconnected disciplines that are core to Health Technology Assessment. These include health economics, statistics, evidence synthesis, modelling and patient-reported outcome measures.
-During a course, from week to week you will interact with your teachers and fellow students using online discussion boards. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to student questions about the course content.
-You will have the opportunity to collaborate on a research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff or an external supervisor.

Programme structure

Core courses
-HTA: Policy and Principles (20 credits)
-Statistical methods for HTA and evidence based medicine (20)
-Health economics for HTA (20)

Optional courses
-Foundations of decision analytic modelling (10)
-Evidence synthesis (20)
-Outcome measurement and valuation for HTA (10)
-Analysis of linked health data (20)
-HTA in a global context (20)
-Survival analysis for HTA (10)
-Qualitative research methods for HTA (10)

Optional course (delivered as face-to-face in Glasgow)
-Decision analytic modelling methods for economic evaluation (20)

Studying online

Online distance learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for -without having to relocate to our campus.

You do not need to have experience of studying online as you will be guided through how to access and use all of our online resources.

Virtual learning
You will connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources including:
-Recorded lectures
-Live seminars
-Videos
-Interactive quizzes
-Journal articles
-Electronic books and other web resources

A global community
As an online student at the University you will become part of a global community of learners. Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online delivery and you will be encouraged and supported to interact with your fellow classmates and tutors in a number of ways. For example, through the discussions areas on our virtual learning environment, by skype, during live seminars and in our virtual campus on Second Life.

Supported
Great emphasis is placed on making sure you feel well supported in your learning and that you have good interactions with everyone on the programme. Support is available in a number of ways and you will find out more about this during orientation. All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access.

Career prospects

HTA has growing importance internationally for informing health care decision making and there is increasing demand for employees with HTA relevant skills. Outside of the field of HTA, students would be well equipped with qualitative and quantitative research skills for jobs in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and Government Information Services/Statistical agencies.

Visit the Health Technology Assessment - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarships - 10 Awards

The prestigious Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship scheme was established in 2007 to support the development of innovative, boundary-crossing research at the University of Glasgow. The scheme supports new partnerships between members of staff and will offer outstanding research students both from home and abroad the opportunity to undertake doctoral training in the context of cutting edge interdisciplinary research projects. The Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarships are project-based and the projects will be listed from the beginning of December each year.Each scholarship will run for up to 4 years and will provide the successful students with a full fee waiver from the host College and an annual stipend at UK Research Council recommended rates (estimated to be £14, 002 for 2015/16). In addition the project will benefit from an annual consumables budget for research and travel costs of up to £5300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

13,590

Eligibility

Eligibiity criteria vary depending on the project for which you are applying. You should contact the Project Lead in the first instance or consult the instructions outlined after the project description.

Application Procedure

Details of the shortlisted Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarship projects available for commencement during academic session 2015/16. Of the 20 potential projects advertised below only 10 scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the applicant and the project. The Selection Committee will meet during February 2015.If you are interested in applying for any of the projects, you should contact the Project Lead in the first instance or follow specific instructions as outlined after the project description.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=183


(Scholarship)

Aga Khan Foundation - International Scholarship Programme - No. of awards TBC

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to prepare them for employment, primarily within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but may consider applications for PhD programmes, in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).
Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.To be eligible applicants must
- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas
- Provide thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment.
- Have some years of work experience in their field of interest.Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis.
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance. Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the International Scholarship Programme must be considered a lender of last resort. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% grant : 50% loan basis

Eligibility

- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas

Application Procedure

Application forms can be obtained as of 1st January from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services/Boards in the applicant’s country of current residence.
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans. Applications and Interview reports of shortlisted candidates are sent to Geneva for the final selection.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=185


(Scholarship)

College of Medical Veterinary and Life sciences Graduate School - No. of awards TBC


(Scholarship)

Joseph Lister Scholarships - 5 Awards

We bring together internationally-renowned experts in order to advance research in medical, veterinary and life sciences. For September 2015 academic session our College is offering 5 scholarships worth £10,000 each towards the tuition fee of a one year Masters programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants from Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia*, Mexico, Myanmar or Thailand. They are open to students applying to all programmes within the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. The criteria for the scholarships is academic excellence and personal achievement, you must be a conditional or unconditional offer holder in order to be considered. Offers will be automatically made to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

Email [email protected] with your intention to be put forward for this scholarship, detailing your application number. If you have any questions, please send through to this address also. No separate application is required.
Offers will be automatically made to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/pgtscholarships/listerscholarships/


(Scholarship)

MSc Health Technology Assessment Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Our College aims to attract academically talented students from around the world and give them an intellectually demanding, research-informed education. We are equally committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. Please note, if awarded, a deposit of £1,000 will be requested in order to secure the scholarship (unless you can prove you are a sponsored student or if you have already paid the general University deposit of £2,000).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver for Year 1

Eligibility

- The scholarships are available to applicants from outside the UK/EU.
- You must be a conditional or unconditional offer holder (so you will need to have applied for a course and have received an offer before you can apply for a scholarship. ) (hold a conditional or unconditional offer for the M.Sc Health Technology Assessment)

Application Procedure

Once you have received an offer, please email [email protected] stating:
- the course scholarship you like to be considered for
- your application number (you will be given an application number when you apply for your course.)

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/pgtscholarships/intlprogrammespecificscholarships/


(Scholarship)

University of Glasgow Country Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow award a total of 40 postgraduate scholarships worth £5,000. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

- obtain a degree equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons or better
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme in any of the 4 University Colleges
- be classed as International students for fee purposes be a National of Brazil Canada Egypt Ghana Indonesia Japan Jordan Kenya Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan South Korea Taiwan Thailand or United States of America

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate taught programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=150


(Scholarship)

University Trust International Leadership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow offer 52 University Trust International Leadership scholarships to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline. 12 awards worth £10,000 and 40 awards worth £5000 will be awarded as a tuition fees discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000-£10,000

Eligibility

- demonstrate academic excellence and achieve grades equivalent to UK 1st Class Honours
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme for admission in 2015
- be classed as International students for fee purposes

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate masters programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=154



Entry Requirements

You should normally have a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant quantitative subject. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to those with a relevant professional qualification who have experience in the field of health technology assessment. A background in health or medicine is not required and we welcome applications from other academic disciplines.

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