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Women's Health MSc

Our online MSc in Women's Health will help healthcare professionals who want to specialise in Women's Health. This course is subject to validation

Course Information

The online Women’s Health MSc is designed for healthcare professionals in the UK and overseas who want to specialise in Women's Health and want to develop both theoretical knowledge and research skills.

Most women’s health problems present in primary or community care, and yet training in Women’s Health offered at undergraduate level is being constantly reduced to allow other topics to be covered. Many aspects of women’s health are now considered specialist and no longer covered in undergraduate degrees, making confident and evidence based management in primary care difficult without additional training.

The online MSc in Women's Health course aims to:

  • Equip the individual with a systematic understanding of skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study.
  • Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in Women’s Health.
  • Enable graduates to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of Women’s Healthcare.
  • Enable graduates to build leadership skills within multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Enable graduates to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients.
  • Equip students with a systematic understanding of evidence-based medicine in relation to Women’s Health.
  • Extend student knowledge of research methods and application to practice.
  • Extend the scope of women’s healthcare practice by exploring a professional subject area in more depth utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will add value to a CV, enabling them to rise to the challenge of delivering high quality care to their patients within a complex primary and secondary care environment.

Course Structure

Our online Women's Health MSc a part-time, distance-learning course. The course comprises seven modules. The first six modules are each worth 20 credits and run over a period of six weeks.

The seventh module lasts 10 weeks and will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the final module - the professional project - which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).


Module Aims
  • To examine the sciences (anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, microbiology and pathology) that underpin women’s health and the external professional and ethical issues that influence practice, recognising and addressing potential conflict areas.
Module Content
  • The importance of women’s health both globally and locally
  • Gender based and domestic violence
  • Female reproductive physiology and anatomy
  • Normal placental function and pregnancy
  • Prevention and screening of infections affecting women’s health
  • Identification and treatment of infections affecting women’s health
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically apply knowledge of clinical sciences to the understanding of women’s health issues
  2. Critically appraise the importance of social and cultural factors determining women’s health.
  3. Reflect on learning from prior experience and challenge preconceptions in order to holistically integrate new knowledge within complex situations.
Module Aims
  • To examine the choices in family planning and fertility control, including ethical considerations. Develop critical skills and confidence in the diagnosis and safe management of early pregnancy conditions.
Module Content
  • Public health considerations for contraception and early termination of pregnancy
  • Contraception
  • Early miscarriage
  • Ectopic and molar pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Termination of pregnancy
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy problems.
  2. Critically interpret the evidence base relating to contraception, abortion and early pregnancy problems.
  3. Demonstrate advisory skills in offering evidence-based choices about fertility control, contraception, termination and continuation of pregnancy whilst navigating complex ethical and legal issues.
Module Aims

Understand the pathophysiology that leads to fetal compromise including prevention, diagnosis and management. Develop confidence in counselling skills to support affected parents.

Module Content
  • Common structural and chromosomal abnormalities
  • Prenatal screening and diagnosis
  • Fetal infections
  • Genetic disease
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
  • Ethics and counselling
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of genetic, chromosomal and structural fetal abnormalities, screening and the diagnosis and management of intrauterine growth restriction.
  2. Analyse and synthesise different perspectives in understanding the ethical issues and decisions made concerning fetal abnormalities, both pre and post, prenatal screening.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to exercise initiative, personal responsibility and ethical decision-making in complex and/or unpredictable situations.
Module Aims
  • To understand the importance of detection and management of maternal complications in and resulting from pregnancy.
Module Content
  • Maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Pregnancy related disease, effect of pregnancy on pre-existing disease
  • Labour issues
  • Cesarean section, placental pathology
  • The puerperium
  • Preventing problems for future
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise the importance of routine pregnancy care, screening in pregnancy and management of abnormal pregnancy and childbirth.
  2. Critically examine the conditions contributing to maternal morbidity and mortality.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to exercise initiative, personal responsibility and ethical decision-making in complex and/or unpredictable situations.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the disease burden of female cancer and endometriosis both locally and globally, developing an awareness of primary and secondary prevention, diagnosis and appropriate management.
Module Content
  • Incidence and mortality from female cancers
  • Prevention and diagnosis
  • Vulval and cervical cancer
  • Endometrial and ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Endometriosis and pelvic pain
Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilise the evidence-base to critically appraise the benefits of primary prevention, screening for early detection and treatment for cancers specific to women.
  2. Critically appraise the prevalence and aetiologies of gynaecological cancer and breast cancer.
  3. Reflect on learning from prior experience and challenge preconceptions in order to holistically integrate new knowledge within complex situations in female cancer.
Module Aims
  • To understand the impact of benign gynaecological conditions throughout a woman’s life course and be able to diagnose and provide evidence-based care.
Module Content
  • AUB (diagnosis and management)
  • Amenorrhea and adolescent gynaecology
  • Infertility
  • Menopause and osteoporosis
  • Incontinence, fecal and urinary
  • Prolapse
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate ability to critique health information sources for women and communicate appropriately with them about benign gynaecological conditions.
  2. Critically examine the impact of benign gynaecological problems on women’s lives.
  3. Construct management strategies for the investigation and treatment of benign gynaecological problems.

Aims of the module:

To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation. The professional project module provides students with an opportunity to complete an important, substantial and potentially publishable study of their own choosing.

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review

Following the research methods, students will submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic, this includes a proposal form and ethics application. Students are given a 4-week period after the research methods to complete this.

Students will then create a piece of work based upon a specific subject-related project relevant to the student’s practice. The students will have a further 24-weeks to complete this. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment
  • Secondary data analysis

Learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  • Critically appraise different methodological approaches and tools used to answer research questions in your field of practice.
  • Design and undertake a professional project related to your field of practice in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Create evidence-based recommendations to add to the knowledge base of your subject area.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the interrogation of academic literature.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of ethical considerations in the performance of research.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of research methodologies in quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation skills enabling an in-depth critique of the academic literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create academic work of a publishable standard.
  • Evaluate ethical considerations in research and the process of engagement with ethical committees.

Assessments

Year 1 (Postgraduate Diploma)

The course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Year 2 (MSc)

The second year of study focuses on a professional project. You will submit a 1000 word proposal and then work on a 10,000 word project. It runs over 36 weeks total.

  • Research 20% 8 weeks
  • Proposal 10% 4 weeks
  • Project 70% 24 weeks

Teaching Methods

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-20 in year 1 and 5-10 in year 2, with a one to one supervisor for your professional project', allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Module 7

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: This module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in Women's Health. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.

Professional Project: You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,000 word professional project.

Our dedicated Student Services Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.


Entry Requirements

Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis, but typically, applicants for the programme will:

  • Possess a good first degree (i.e. a minimum of a 2.2) in a relevant subject awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent.
  • Be a registered healthcare professional.
  • Provide evidence in the personal statement as to how they can apply learning to a practical setting and reflect on practice.
  • Basic IT skills (e.g., word-processing, email and internet).
  • If English is not the student’s first language they must hold an English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent)

The two-year course consists of seven modules (180 credits), with the first six modules (120 credits) deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma. Applicants should work in a setting where they can apply their learning to practice. Students who apply for, and successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Women’s Health may apply to complete the MSc in a further year.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2021: £8,400
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for September 2021:
£8,400

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Application deadline - August 15th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £750
1st Nov 2021 £750 £7,650
1st Jan 2022 £750
1st March 2022 £750
1st May 2022 £750
1st July 2022 £750
1st Sept 2022 £650
1st Nov 2022 £650
1st Jan 2023 £650
1st March 2023 £650
1st May 2023 £650
1st July 2023 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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