Ireland is experiencing a demographic transition. As the percentage of older people in the population rises and life expectancy increases, it is imperative that care is provided which meets need and also demonstrates high quality outcomes. Acknowledging this, the Master of Science (MSc Person Centred Care) seeks to develop valuable knowledge and skills to meet the needs of older people and to develop areas of clinical leadership and practical research methods that can be applied in the workplace.
The Master of Science (MSc Person Centred Care) is a taught graduate programme aimed at health professionals and other health and social care practitioners, as well as researchers working with, or for, older people. This programme is designed for holders of Graduate Diploma level 9 in older person care. With an emphasis on practice and empirical research, the programme provides advanced education for those in health and related disciplines with an interest in older people, ageing and health, ageing policy, health systems for older people, social and community services, practice development, and advanced assessment, including outcomes evaluation.
We aim to give you a strong theoretical and practical foundation in relation to ageing, older people and their needs. The programme develops students’ skills and awareness about policy, assessment, advocacy, and research. The programme also provides students with a firm basis to pursue future graduate research training to PhD level in the field of older people.
You will sharpen your analytical and critical thinking and develop knowledge and skills that will help you develop expertise in the field of ageing.
How will I benefit
The programme will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in diverse areas of ageing practice.
The programme is focused on developing practical, usable leadership and research skills to enable graduates to be even more effective professionals, change agents and clinical leaders in the workplace.
Each of the modules in the programme is designed for experienced health care professionals such as nurses, medical practitioners, professionals in social service and those from other disciplines who would like to develop expertise in the field of ageing. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the practical application of knowledge and skills in specific contexts. Key features of this programme are that you will be engaging with a core group of professional and highly motivated peers. You will experience an innovative mix of academic and practical learning opportunities as well as being exposed to professionals who are currently engaged in the field of ageing and health care.
The student body is drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.
This programme is designed to be studied on a part-time basis running over a two-year period. Students are required to complete a Dissertation: Evidence Translation in the Spring and Summer Trimesters and a second module Applied Research in the Autumn Trimester.
The programme is broken down into three trimesters (Autumn, Spring and Summer). You are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the programme to support you in completing your project.
The Master of Science (MSc Person Centred Care) comprises taught modules and a minor thesis. The programme is offered in a modular structure with European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits awarded for each module successfully completed.
With your newly-developed leadership and research skills, you can work at a number of levels within your organization and within the wider health and social care system; for example, in clinical management, practice development and project management.
NMHS43880 Applied Research (Autumn Trimester)
NMHS43860 Dissertation: Evidence Translation (Spring & Summer Trimesters)
Applicants must have completed the Graduate Diploma Person Centred Care (Older People) Graduate Diploma in the area of older person care or an equivalent (NQAI Level 9).
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