MSc – Health Sciences (Management)

MSc – Health Sciences (Management)

Introduction

The MSc Health Sciences (Management) programme is designed to offer the opportunity for experienced practitioners and others interested in Health Management to focus on practices, policies and drivers in relation to their impact on the healthcare sector. The intention is to create the conditions in which students are able to reflect on issues that are relevant to their own professional work. The programme enables individuals to consider the implications of their learning, reading and enquiry for policy and practice in their own area of interest.
 
The aim of the programme is to establish the conditions and standards for rigorous critical enquiry and to extend the criteria for judging taken-for-granted assumptions underlying policy and practice in the Health Management field. The programme will enable students to develop an increasing respect for evidence and discourse and the capacity to initiate and sustain change, both in their own practice and more generally within their professional context.
 
The programme aims to provide the educational opportunity for students to develop their abilities in dealing with complex issues, demonstrating self-direction and originality whilst continuing to advance their knowledge and understanding.
 

 

 

 

Local Admission

Applicants must be of age 21 and above, and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Entry Requirements for the EDP – An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area (health sciences or management). 
  • A minimum award of a lower second (2ii) class qualification or equivalent is required.  
  • Candidates with ordinary degrees or non-degree level professional qualifications will be considered on the basis of equivalence to the normal requirement.
  • Experience in a relevant professional field may be counted towards entry.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements stated above are required to:

  • Achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for entry onto this programme.
  • Candidates who completed their first degree from a recognized institution (where programmes are taught in English) are normally regarded as demonstrating the required English proficiency

International Application

Applicants must be of age 21 and above, and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Entry Requirements for the EDP – An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area (health sciences or management).
  • A minimum award of a lower second (2ii) class qualification or equivalent is required.
  • Candidates with ordinary degrees or non-degree level professional qualifications will be considered on the basis of equivalence to the normal requirement.
  • Experience in a relevant professional field may be counted towards entry.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements stated above are required to:

  • Achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for entry onto this programme.
  • Candidates who completed their first degree from a recognized institution (where programmes are taught in English) are normally regarded as demonstrating the required English proficiency.
 
 

 

 

 

Course Outline

Research Skills: Approaches, Designs and Methods (Core - 30 Credits)

This module is intended for healthcare practitioners who wish to ensure best practice as healthcare Leaders by equipping themselves with the skills to use and apply appropriate social science research to build robust understanding, knowledge and insights on the issues that concern them. This module will enable students to articulate the paradigmatic position underpinning various research approaches, and articulate at the level of design and methods a critical appreciation of all aspects of doing research.
 

Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health (Core - 30 credits)

The module aims to engage students in critical debate of the principles, theories and concepts of leading collaborative public health work and the benefits of partnership working for health improvement. It also offers them an opportunity to critically appraise management and leadership models and theories associated with motivation, managing change, and service improvement, and their own skills related learning needs.

Managing Health Improvement through Social Marketing (Core - 30 Credits)

The overall aim of this module is to enable students to critically consider the complexities of managing health improvement using social marketing techniques and approaches. It explores theories of social marketing for health and the application of those theories to health improvement practice. This module will enable students to identify the main theoretical principles underlying the practice of health-related social marketing and critically apply these to improving health and reducing health inequalities. The module examines how marketing techniques can be used for health promotion and positive social change and students will learn how to effectively solve real-world problems and develop appropriate social marketing campaigns.

Strategic Management of Healthcare (Option - 30 Credits)*

This module introduces theories and concepts of strategic approaches in relation to healthcare organisations. Leadership and change management skills are addressed as an integral part of management in relation to communication and project planning for healthcare leaders. The module is particularly relevant to senior or aspiring managers working in healthcare.
 

Global Health Issues in the 21st Century (Option - 30 credits)

This module is to introduce health professionals to the concept of globalisation in relation to healthcare services, policy and professional practice. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used that encourage students to compare and analytically critique and evaluate global issues and conditions, and their role in relation to the international and local healthcare context.
 

Public Health Fundamentals: Concepts, Theories and Frameworks (Option - 30 Credits)

This module offers students an opportunity to critically analyse a broad range of public health theories, concepts and frameworks for public health practice. Through the development of an individual learning contract, students will tailor the focus of their learning towards meeting their own needs in relation to public health practice. In addition, students will engage with public health issues of interest to them, through their independent and directed learning. Students will consider modes of engaging with public health knowledge through the development of critical information literacy and academic writing skills.

 

One of the following options:

Empirical Project (60 Credits)

This module focuses on the student as a researcher and provides an opportunity for the collection and analysis of primary qualitative and/or quantitative data for the purpose of answering a specific research question. A range of methodologies and methods may be appropriate and experimental as well as non-experimental research is equally acceptable.
 

Practice Project (60 Credits)

This module seeks to bring together action, reflection, theory and practice. It provides an opportunity for practitioners/students to engage in practice development through an action research project. The action research project will address questions which arise from the student’s specific area/field of expertise.
 

Systematic Appraisal (60 Credits)

This module focuses on the role of the practitioner as a research user. It provides an opportunity for the student to make effective and systematic use of published research to inform health, social and education practice and/or policy. Through the process of the systematic appraisal the student will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills. The systematic appraisal project will address research questions which arise from the student’s specific practice/field of expertise.
 

Project Feasibility Study Dissertation (60 Credits)

This module will enable the student to undertake a critical exploration of a significant health, social or education issue for a given locality/target group. This will include critical analysis of published research in the field; the design of a service development or public health project to address an identified health, social or education need; and an evidence-based proposal for the rigorous evaluation of the project. It will also include a reflective critique of the student’s project writing skills development.

*Only this optional module will be offered in Singapore campus.

**In order to fulfil the requirements for the postgraduate award, students would be required to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project.

 

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 20 (tutorial)

 
 

 

 

 

Fees

Local Students:


: : Application Fee                       S$53.50
 
Part-Time Programme
: : Tuition Fees                             S$24,075.00 
: : Non-Tuition Fees                    S$409.29
Total                                               S$24,484.29
 
Full-Time Programme
: : Tuition Fees                             S$24,075.00
: : Non-Tuition Fees                    S$583.47

Total                                               S$24,658.47

 Note:

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance and fee protection scheme.
  • The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.

International Students:

: : Application Fee            S$321.00

: : Tuition Fees                  S$25,680.00

* All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
* Non-tuition fees are not included.

 
 

 

 

 

Other Info

Methods of Assessment 

Modules will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations depending on the individual module’s learning outcomes.

Graduation 

Upon successful completion of 4 modules and the dissertation, students will be awarded the Master of Science in Health Sciences (Management) by Northumbria University. In addition, graduates from the programme are entitled to use the designatory title, MSc, after their names.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Contact Details

MDIS Dhoby Ghaut  :+65 6372 1000
MDIS Main Campus :+65 6247 9111