Course Overview

The Master’s in Medical Science is designed to enhance the academic and professional development of healthcare 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.

Scholarships Available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Dr Thomas Kropmans
Dr Michéal Newell
Dr Paul O'Connor
Dr Tom Nolan
Dr Colm O'Riordan

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is via continuous assessment, evaluation of contribution to group discussions and module projects, research proposal submissions and, where appropriate, the final research thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

Duration

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

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1MMH3, full-time
1MMH2, part-time

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 two years. Candidates follow the same schedule as the full-time programme but have an additional year to complete their research thesis.

Module details for full-time course
Module details for part-time course

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MDI407: Thesis


15 months long | Credits: 30

This module is designed to provide the learner with skills and techniques to conduct independent research on their chosen research topic.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Produce a comprehensive research proposal
  2. Write a scientific literature review
  3. Prepare a manuscript for publication
  4. Enhance their oral and poster presentation Skills
Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI407: "Thesis" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI414: Medical Research Skills I


Spring | Credits: 10

This module serves as an introduction to scientific research and the use of evidence based medicine in clinical settings. Learners are introduced to the key components of research and the steps needed to formulate a research question.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Perform competent electronic database and internet searches.
  2. Critically appraise a research paper
  3. Use EndNote to store and organise references
  4. Explore and interpret statistical data in published research papers
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI414: "Medical Research Skills I" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI416: Research Methods I


Spring | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is to introduce learners to the philosophical principles and ethical issues of research. Special attention will be devoted to identification and evaluation of various approaches of research design derived from both the quantitative and qualitative paradigms. It will feature visual presentations with interactive elements to enable the learner to identify core components of research design and how to construct feasible research questions.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the philosophical principles and ethical issues of health research
  2. Explain the role of research methods in answering a research question
  3. Differentiate between different types of research design
  4. Recognize validity concepts and understand the principle of reliability
  5. Know how to conceptualise a research project
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI416: "Research Methods I" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI415: Introduction to Medical Statistics


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to provide the learner with a clear and stimulating introduction to many of the essential features of medical statistics. The focus of this module will be on the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of published statistical data. The module will feature practical interactive learning of statistical skills using computer software.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explore and interpret statistical data in published research papers
  2. Develop skills to critically appraise a research paper
  3. Recognise the importance of sampling and statistics in research.
  4. Classify descriptive and inferential statistics
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate uses and applications of different inferential statistical tests using SPSS
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI415: "Introduction to Medical Statistics " and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI401: Advanced Statistics Level II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module uses practical and interactive learning to understand the concept, role, and relevance of statistical tests used in research reports. Learners will be guided on appropriate strategies for research design methods, data collection, and analysis tools that bests fits their research objective.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Select appropriate statistical tests for required research
  2. Input data and perform analysis using SPSS
  3. Construct graphical displays
  4. Write an appropriate statistical methods section
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI401: "Advanced Statistics Level II" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI409: Research methods and research proposal advanced level II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Participants will learn how to select research designs appropriate to research questions. The benefits of having a detailed research plan and data collection strategy will be explored, along with the principles of systematic reviews.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the different components of research design
  2. Compare and contrast research designs
  3. Recognize validity concepts and understand the principle of reliability
  4. Conceptualize a systematic review
  5. Compile a research protocol
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI409: "Research methods and research proposal advanced level II" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD466: Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD466: "Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MDI411: Database Development & Medical Informatics


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
The above information outlines module MDI411: "Database Development & Medical Informatics" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MDI412: Exercise Physiology


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module will explore the physiological responses and the adaptations that occur during exercise, and physical activity. The module will provide an evidence base for training and performance, equipping the learner with the skills and knowledge to interpret and monitor individual response to exercise programmes.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the physiological factors underpinning performance
  2. Recognise physiological adaptations to exercise
  3. Develop the technical and analytical skills to monitor physiological responses to different levels of exercise activity
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI412: "Exercise Physiology" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD6108: Patient Safety & Human Factors


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to provide the learner with a foundation in human factors as they related to surgery with the purpose of positively influencing future patient safety and quality of care as the learner progresses in their surgical career.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explore the concepts of human factor and human error and why they are relevant to surgery.
  2. Have an appreciation of the concept of situation awareness, and the factors which can influence it.
  3. Recognise different of types of decision making, and outlined the situations to which each type is applicable
  4. Recognise the critical role of communication in any team working environment and understand how to communicate more effectively.
  5. Identify the difficulties associated with making decisions in a team environment.
  6. Develop effective leadership skills for a surgical environment.
  7. Recognise stress and fatigue how they affect performance.
  8. Understand how equipment design and ergonomics can contribute to errors in the operating theatre.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6108: "Patient Safety & Human Factors" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in a diverse range of fields of health and medical research, may progress to undertake an MD or PhD, and will improve their professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily practice (evidence-based healthcare).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,805 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,581 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

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