The MSc is designed to enhance graduates' critical thinking and develop evidence based practitioners as future leaders of effective services. Graduates will obtain an in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice. From this MSc, graduates will be able to describe and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the current range of theory and research. They will reflect critically on their own and others' learning styles and practice. Students can register on a fulltime or part-time basis. Students must complete 6 taught modules, to include two core modules and four elective modules from the modules available, with a research thesis. The full-time option is completed over three academic semesters. In the flexible part-time option, students register for one, two or three modules per semester, with maximum period of registration being three years. Offering the programme in this way addresses the educational, professional, clinical and financial demands of the student, the employer and clinical service.
At the end of the programme, graduates will have met the following programme learning outcomes:
- Knowledge - Breadth & Kind:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences and its application to the students' professional practice.
- Describe and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the current range of theoretical and research underpinning that area.
- Know-how and Skills - range and selectivity:
- Reflect critically on their own learning style and practice and others' research and clinical practice.
- Competence - context and role:
- Explain their clinical role and contribution in relation to the concept of health and well-being.
- Competence - learning to learn:
- Evaluate their own learning needs and be able to structure appropriate self-directed learning to meet these needs.
- Competence - insight:
- Conceptualise healthcare & social care issues from alternative theoretical perspectives and synthesise, develop and communicate creative solutions to address issues relating to healthcare provision.
The taught core modules are PY5021 Evidence Based Practice and OT5002 Research Methods. Students choose 4 other elective modules and complete a research project. All modules are listed in the table below, including the semesters in which the modules run.
Depending on the module, the academic work may include classes, seminars, self-directed learning and/or e-learning, both on and off campus.
An Independent Learning Module involves a student and supervisor identifying a specific practice issue and/or academic skill they would like to address. It provides the student with an opportunity to identify a learning need particular to their own context and work area and to meet that through a structured process with a nominated supervisor.
Full-time programme structure
• Applicants register in September and complete 2 taught semesters.
• The thesis component is completed in the summer semester.
• Students must take 2 core modules (PY5021 and OT5002), 4 elective modules and complete a research dissertation. The student can take two ILM modules in the same semester.
• The research project is completed in Semester 3 (summer semester).
Part-time programme structure
• Applicants register in September and choose 1, 2, or 3 modules in Semesters 1 and 2 with completion of modules totalling 90 ECTS by the end of the maximum period of registration.
• The maximum period of registration is 3 years.
• If a student is unable to complete the programme in three years, the course board may consider an application to extend a student's period of registration. Students must take 2 core modules (PY5021 and OT5002) and 4 elective modules and complete a research dissertation. The student can take two ILM modules in the same semester.
• The core module OT5002 Research Methods must be undertaken before dissertation modules CT6001 and CT6002.