Masters in Medical Science

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

The Masters in Medical Science is designed to enhance the academic and professional development of health care professionals by improving their level of scientific appreciation for evidence-based practice.


Candidates will complete core research modules as well as their chosen speciality module from one of the following:

  • Database Development and Medical Informatics
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Patient Safety and Human Factors

In addition, candidates will work independently with the support of a supervisor to carry out an original piece of research relevant to their healthcare setting.

 

Special Features

Our programmes are particularly suitable for people who wish to return to education but also have work commitments. All modules are delivered online via distance learning and are supported by dedicated workshops. The programme is taught on a shared learning educational model providing maximum interaction between the various disciplines with specialist tuition provided in your chosen subject.


The structure, content, and flexible design has made this programme very attractive to healthcare professionals throughout Ireland.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Successful candidates will hold a primary degree in healthcare, medicine, or equivalent qualification. Competence in English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.

Duration: 1 year, full-time in service
2 years, part-time in service

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The Masters in Medical Science (full-time) is a 1 year (12 months) in service programme divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). During the summer period (May to August) the candidate's focus on completing their minor dissertation.

Candidates will complete 6 modules (60 ECTS) and a research thesis (30ECTS). There are 5 core modules, Informatics, Research Methods (2), and Biostatistics (2), as well as a chosen speciality module from one of the following:

  • Database Development and Medical Informatics
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Patient Safety and Human Factors

In addition, candidates will work independently with the support of a supervisor to carry out an original piece of research in their chosen area or from a topic provided by the Course Director relevant to their healthcare setting.

 

The Masters in Medical Science (part-time) is delivered over 2 years. Candidates follow the same schedule as the full-time programme but have an additional year to complete their research thesis.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Dr Thomas Kropmans

Dr Michéal Newell

Dr Paul O'Connor

Dr Tom Nolan

Dr Colm O'Riordan

Find out more

Dr Micheál Newell
T +353 91 494 313 
E micheal.newell@nuigalway.ie
www.mastersinmedicalscience.com
www.nuigalway.ie/medical_infomatics/MIME2013/homepage.html

PAC code

GYM47 full-time
GYM68 part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,805 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy
 - Tuition: €3,8616 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

School of Medicine Postgraduate Brochure

Graduate profile

Sarah Madden
Sarah Madden

Graduate, Masters of Medical Science (Health Informatics)

"I wanted a postgraduate qualification to build on my existing degree that would up-skill me for entering a new industry. I chose NUI Galway due to its international reputation, especially in the biosciences. I found the perfect course, the Masters of Medical Science (Health Informatics) that not only allowed me to build on my existing IT qualification, but also could be undertaken part-time, which meant I could continue working. I contacted the course director, who was knowledgeable and helpful, and his support affirmed that I had made the right decision. The course was challenging but diverse; we had excellent lecturers, and guest lecturers (from the research industry) gave us different perspectives on various subjects. My fellow students came from a variety of backgrounds, including doctors and IT personnel, so I was exposed to a diverse group of people, all with their own goals and needs. which enriched my overall experience. There was no end to the support vailable and I really felt the course was targeted towards my career goals."