Clinical Health Sciences Education
This course offers suitably qualified health sciences practitioners the opportunity to develop their skills in teaching, assessment, curriculum design and research. The student teachers on this course learn these skills in stimulated and professional practice contexts, which are underpinned by the philosophy of interdisciplinary learning. This results in teachers who are reflexive, self-critical, evidenced-based and prepared for the challenges of teaching within higher education.
Is This Course For Me?
This course is designed for a range of healthcare practitioners, including health science professionals, nurses, and midwives pursuing careers in clinical health sciences education.
Year One usually starts with a full week of studying in September and continues thereafter generally one to two days per week for the remainder of the academic year. CHSE students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours classroom teaching and 20 hours clinical teaching during this academic year. The teaching must be at Level 8 or Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). It is the student’s responsibility to secure all their teaching hours prior to commencing the course: applicants are required to confirm their teaching arrangement in writing with their application.
Year Two consists of workshops and classes throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. At the end of Year Two, Masters students are required to submit a dissertation on a subject related to their field of study.
The P.Grad.Dip. programme for nursing or midwifery applicants who do not hold a M.Sc. in Nursing or an M.Sc. in Midwifery offers four modules: The Psychology and Sociology of Education; Theory and Practice of Clinical Health Sciences Education; Facilitating Learning in the Practice Environment; Curriculum Issues in Health Sciences Education.
The M.Sc. is taken over two years. Year One offers the same modules as the P.Grad.Dip. as well as a Advancing the Theoretical Foundations for Nursing module. Year Two includes Theory and Practice of Research Methods for Healthcare, and a Dissertation.
The M.Sc. for interdisciplinary healthcare applicants other than nurses and midwives is also taken over two years. Year One modules include: The Psychology and Sociology of Education; Theory and Practice of Clinical Health Sciences Education; Facilitating Learning in the Practice Environment; Curriculum Issues in Health Sciences Education. Year Two modules include: Theory and Practice of Research Methods for Healthcare, and a Dissertation.
Places on this course are limited and offers are based on a first come basis. Offers that are made are based on suitably qualified applicants providing all the required documentation. All conditions must be met before an offer can be made.
Applicants must hold the following:
Registration as a health services professional with the appropriate body and working in a relevant area. For nursing and midwifery applicants, this would mean active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
An Honours Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualifications.
A minimum of three years full-time recent clinical experience practice or equivalent since registration. This experience must be where learners 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.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the English language must meet Trinity’s English language requirements. Find out more: https://www.tcd.ie/study/apply/admission-requirements/postgraduate/
Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, to learn more please visit: www.tcd.ie/students/orientation/undergraduates/garda-vetting.php
Closing Date: 30th June 2024
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.
M.Sc.: 2 years part-time / P.Grad.Dip.: 1 year part-time.
Next Intake: September 2024
Post Course Info
This programme has the potential to enhance career opportunities and promotional prospects. Graduates from the programme have pursued careers in the health sector where education assessment, curriculum design and research are featured. The focus of most graduates from the programme is a career in education delivery and research.
Nurses and midwives who complete the M.Sc. in Clinical Health Sciences Education will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse tutor (RNT) or midwifery tutor (RMT) with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Applicants who hold an M.Sc. in a health sciences subject may complete the Postgraduate and will also be eligible to apply for registration as an RNT/RMT.