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.

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

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 in service

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYM47 full-time
GYM68 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 2 years. Candidates follow the same schedule as the full-time programme but have an additional year to complete their research thesis.

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

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,805 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€3,861 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17

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