Applied Health Studies (Research/Management) MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

Applied Health Studies (Research/Management) MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

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About the course

Please note this course is now closed to 2013 applicants. We are open to all 2014 applicants.

The Applied Health Studies course has gained an outstanding reputation for its contribution to the postgraduate and post-registration development of health and social care professionals in the Midlands since the mid-1990s.

It is particularly suitable for health and social care professionals from across the world; such as health service managers, community workers, nurses, health visitors, and allied health professionals keen to enhance their career prospects and specialist knowledge; as well as recent graduates keen to continue their professional development through further study.

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About the course

Please note this course is now closed to 2013 applicants. We are open to all 2014 applicants.

The Applied Health Studies course has gained an outstanding reputation for its contribution to the postgraduate and post-registration development of health and social care professionals in the Midlands since the mid-1990s.

It is particularly suitable for health and social care professionals from across the world; such as health service managers, community workers, nurses, health visitors, and allied health professionals keen to enhance their career prospects and specialist knowledge; as well as recent graduates keen to continue their professional development through further study.

  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop enhanced knowledge and transferrable skills alongside individuals from a range of professional and academic backgrounds
  • A modular and flexible structure allows study alongside work, and multiple exit routes
  • Choose from either a research or management pathway, and tailor your learning directly to work- focused interests
  • Develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge, with teaching by a diverse and experienced academic team
  • Theories, concepts and skills can be directly applied to UK and international health and social care settings and work focussed interests
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Key facts

Duration: One year full-time Two six years part-time.

Attendance: Wednesday am/pm dependent on module (additional attendance may be required in May/June for dissertation).

Start Date: September 2014. There may be an option for a January 2014 start for some modules.

Entry and admission criteria

  • A 2:1 Honours degree or above in a relevant subject or A 2:2 Honours degree or above with relevant professional/work experience
    or A portfolio of professional and/or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an honours degree (you may be required to undertake a short essay in support of your application)
  • or An appropriate Postgraduate Diploma at a good standard

Exemptions from individual modules and advanced standing may be available for appropriately qualified candidates If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and during the course if you need it. To find out more, please visit dmu.ac.uk/international|

Teaching and assessment

The course uses a combination of lectures, workshops, visiting speakers and self-directed study. You will enjoy a stimulating learning environment and will be taught by experts from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.

You should be prepared for a challenging experience that requires a significant commitment in terms of both time and energy. For example, a 30 credit module represents 300 hours of learning, of which only 35 hours is likely to be class time.

There are no formal exams. Continuous assessment is by module-based assignments, essays, assessed presentations, reports and mini-projects, plus are search-based dissertation.

To obtain the MA, you complete a dissertation of 18,000 - 20,000 words under the guidance of an individual supervisor. A Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma awarded on completion of 120 credits, and the MA on completion of 180 credits.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is amongst the best in the world.

Course modules

The course comprises an advanced course of study in the application of knowledge from the disciplines of management, health and social policy and research methodology to the rapidly changing world of health and social care.

The course is multidisciplinary, establishing a theoretical and research base from which to develop a critical understanding of current organisational, professional and political challenges. On entry to the course you will choose a pathway in research or management.

Each pathway consists of three core modules, one optional module and a dissertation. All taught modules attract 30 master’s level credits. You can expect to study the following modules:

Core modules: 30 credits

  • Research Designs in Health
    Will develop a critical understanding of socio-political aspects of research, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs.
  • Health Policy and Strategy
    Examines the broad UK health policy context within which professionals, patients and the public engage.
  • Healthcare Management
    Provides you with the opportunity to examine a number of distinct and specialist topics that reflect key management issues in health.

Optional modules include:

  • Research Dilemmas and Strategies
    Develops advanced and specialist knowledge in relation to research strategies and the philosophical assumptions underlying the use of different research methods.
  • Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Management
    Enables you to explore and analyse a range of topical issues in order to evaluate critically various management techniques.

Dissertation (60 credits):

  • Research Dissertation
    Allows you to explore a topic of interest paying particular attention to methods and methodological issues.
  • Management Dissertation
    Allows you to explore a topic of interest which is relevant to healthcare management.

Academic expertise

Staff are specialists from various academic and professional disciplines and bring a wide range of experience as well as engagement in relevant research.

Health Policy is taught by Professor Rob Baggott and Dr Sally Ruane|, who are director and deputy director, respectively, of the Health Policy Research Unit|. Dr Sally Ruane| is also the course leader and specialises in health service reform and public-private partnerships.

Professor Brown|, who leads psychology research within the university, teaches research methods in health and social care, along with Mr Julian Stribling| who brings a background in nursing, and research in family history of heart disease and risk perception.

Mr Simon Moralee| qualified in health services management at York and Birmingham universities and has several years’ experience working as an NHS manager.

Dr Scott Yates|, whose research interests include disability and young people in hospital, teaches the philosophical underpinnings of social research.

Graduate careers

Our graduates are now earning an average salary of £55,000 within six months of completing their course*.

This course attracts students from a diverse range of disciplines from across the world, including:

  • Health service managers
  • Community workers
  • General practice managers
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Health promotion workers
  • Members of the professions allied to medicine

It also allows undergraduates to progress directly on and continue their study at an advanced level.

Completion of the course will enhance career development and may facilitate movement into senior management or teaching.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time £4740 Part Time 15 credit taught module £395 60 credit dissertation £1580 International
Full-time £12,200

Scholarships

As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

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