Women's Health MSc

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.

Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Whilst the need for global improvements in emergency obstetrics, and prevention of HIV/AIDS are well known, other less well known issues around women’s health also comprise a huge burden of global disease and a significant cause of deaths, morbidity, poor quality of life and poverty. These problems are often preventable, with low-cost, evidence-based solutions available, and their lack of availability could also be seen as a human rights issue.

This unique masters in women's health is specially developed for busy health professionals and is practical and clinically focused. It will give you a better understanding of women's health, allowing you to apply your knowledge to your clinical practice.

This online Women's Health MSc 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.


Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
20 hours a week
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online

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Who is this course for?

This online, distance learning course is suitable for doctors of all grades and nurses, in particular healthcare professionals and clinical nurses specialists wanting to specialise in women's health. Healthcare professionals working within a relevant clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related healthcare science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the two-year MSc course.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

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 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

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 1,000 word proposal and 11,000 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

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:

  1. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  2. Critically appraise different methodological approaches and tools used to answer research questions in your field of practice.
  3. 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.
  4. Create evidence-based recommendations to add to the knowledge base of your subject area.
  5. Develop a critical understanding of the interrogation of academic literature.
  6. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of ethical considerations in the performance of research.
  7. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of research methodologies in quantitative and qualitative research.
  8. Demonstrate critical evaluation skills enabling an in-depth critique of the academic literature.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to create academic work of a publishable standard.
  10. Evaluate ethical considerations in research and the process of engagement with ethical committees.

Assessment Methods

This MSc in Women’s Health 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 first seven 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. 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.

For the final module of the course 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 1,000 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 11,000 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

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. Our dedicated Student Support 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.

Year 1

  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed a 1 year Postgraduate Diploma at another institution and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department [email protected] to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022:
£8,880
Application deadline - 7th March 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£830£830
1st May 2022£830£8,050
1st July 2022£830
1st September 2022£830
1st November 2022£830
1st January 2023£830
1st March 2023£650
1st May 2023£650
1st July 2023£650
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

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