University of Chester

Programme Specification
Women's Health MSc
2016 - 2017

Master of Science

Women's Health

Women's Health MSc

University of Chester

University of Chester

 

Bache Hall, University of Chester and University Centre Shrewsbury

 

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory, Distance, Work-Based inc.(practice / placement)

One year

6 Years

Annual - September

N/A

B900

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Institute of Medicine

QAA (2001) Safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education Healthcare professions. Statements benchmarking academic and practitioner standards in healthcare subjects. 

•NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (2004). Core Dimension 6 - Equality and Diversity has a particular bearing on the course and the learning outcomes for graduates who may well work in the NHS.


•QAA Quality Code (2012-2013) sections B1-B10.

 

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Institute of Medicine

Thursday 21st July 2016

The aims of the MSc Women's Health programme are to:

 

  • to enhance healthcare professionals understanding of research and theoretical concepts of women’s health that underpin health care practice
  • provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field of women’s health
  • provide an advanced study of health issues affecting women in contemporary society
  • increase self awareness and insight into both professional and personal issues related to women and health
  • develop a mastery of the subject area through a research dissertation
  • uniquely, this programme also provides an opportunity to explore leadership within the women's health arena, with the opportunity to engage in 1:1 coaching for students. 

     

Graduates will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current issues and/or new insights at the forefront of Women's Health:

  • The programme will provide students with a depth of understanding and awareness of the current issues and challenges, and health consequences for women related to health care, both nationally and internationally, including war, migration, culture, education, other social factors at individual and population level (MD7070; MD7077; MD7071, MD7076; MD7078).
  • The role of gender will be explored in relation to health care practices and provision (MD7070; MD7078).
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a critical level of understanding of a broad range of health related issues as applied to the field of Women's Health, including cancer, violence and domination (MD7070; MD7076; MD7071).
  • Students will be able to apply a critically and theoretically informed perspective to relevant issues and current developments in Women's Health (MD7070; MD7077; MD7071, MD7076; MD7078).
  • Students will be able to demonstrate engagement as an evidence based practitioner (MD7070; MD7077; MD7071, MD7076; MD7078).
  • Students will take a critical and analytical approach to problem solving in relation to practice. (Certain core modules)
  • Research methods will provide students with an in depth understanding and awareness of research and data collection and practicals which will provide students with an introduction to data analysis and statistics. (MD7001; MD7100)

* The above outcomes will be dependent on module choices and exit award (i.e. PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc)

The student should be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate, apply and reflect upon information gained from academic and professional literature, professional organisations and experiences in the workplace, in order to understand and propose solutions to challenges identified within the field of Women's Health.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesise new knowledge gained whilst studying on the course, and be able to make effective decisions and problem solve within a multi-professional team. They will have developed a higher level of knowledge within their professional field of practice and this will facilitate them to further build on their expertise. Graduates will have the thinking and cognitive skills to be proactive in recognising the drivers for change, and implement these effectively within their chosen field of practice (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076; MD7079).

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

  • Build on their cognitive skills to enhance their ability to critically appraise, reflect upon and synthesise the breadth and depth of evidence-based practice pertaining to a wide range of women's healthcare issues, and also apply theories and concepts of leadership. Graduates will be enabled through this to contribute to the development of research-based changes and innovation within their professional field of practice (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076, MD7077; MD7078; MD7079).

On successful completion of the MSc in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

  • Utilise their cognitive and higher level thinking skills to be able to critically analyse, appraise and reflect upon a wide range of women's healthcare programmes and contribute to the development of research led innovation within their field of professional practice. Graduates will be cognisant of key drivers for change and have the skills to effect change in their field of practice through effective leadership (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076, MD7077; MD7078, MD7100; MD7079).

  • On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

    • Utilise their knowledge within their chosen field of professional practice to deliver specialist evidence-based women's health programmes to women within a global or multicultural environment (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076; MD7079).

    On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

    • Employ their knowledge to deliver and critically evaluate specialist women's health or women's services. Graduates will be able to implement their knowledge within a multi-professional team, utilising their sound knowledge base and highly developed communication and leadership skills (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076, MD7077; MD7078; MD7079).

    On successful completion of the MSc in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

    • Utilise their expertise to lead women's health or programmes designed for women, based on best evidence within a culturally sensitive environment (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076, MD7077; MD7078, MD7100; MD7079).  

 

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

  • Employ their knowledge to work with others for the benefit of a gender specific multicultural environment.
  • Effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076; MD7079).

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

  • Work with others to problem solve and effect change in their area of professional practice through utilising their highly developed communication skills. Graduates will have improved and built on their knowledge of gender specific issues through completion of the research methods module and other coursework. They will be able to effectively evaluate research and apply best evidence to practice (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076, MD7077; MD7078; MD7079).

On successful completion of the MSc in Women's Health graduates will be able to:

  • Utilise their sophisticated communication skills to work with others to problem solve and effect change in their area of practice. They will have developed their transferable skills to a high level, and be able to evaluate research and communicate findings effectively. They will be able to identify areas for development within women's health and be able to effectively lead others. Graduates will have highly developed skills of independent and lifelong learning, and will promote this ethos within their area of practice along with professional development in others (MD7001; MD7070; MD7071; MD7076, MD7077; MD7078, MD7100; MD7079).

 

The MSc Women's Health involves the study of five core modules (MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine; MD7070 Gender Based Violence; MD7078 The Public Health agenda for women: Challenges and Opportunities; MD7077 Leadership for Women: Coaching and Mentoring; MD7100 Research Dissertation), and two option modules (from the following modules: MD7076 Women's Oncology; MD7071 The Older Woman; NM7079 Rural Women’s Health).

 

The Postgraduate Diploma Women's Health involves the study of four core modules (MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine; MD7070 Gender Based Violence; MD7078 The Public Health agenda for women: Challenges and Opportunities; MD7077 Leadership for Women: Coaching and Mentoring) and two option modules (from the following modules: MD7076 Women's Oncology; MD7071 The Older Woman; NM7079 Rural Women’s Health).

 

The Postgraduate Certificate Women's Health involves the study of two core modules (MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine; MD7070 Gender Based Violence) and one option module (from the following modules: MD7076 Women's Oncology; MD7071 The Older Woman; NM7079 Rural Women’s Health).

 

 

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
MD7001 7 Evidence Based Medicine 20 Comp
MD7070 7 Gender Based Violence 20 Comp
MD7071 7 The Older Woman 20 Optional
MD7076 7 Women's Oncology 20 Optional
MD7077 7 Leadership for Women: Coaching and Mentoring 20 Comp
MD7078 7 The Public Health agenda for women: Challenges and Opportunities 20 Comp
MD7079 7 Rural Women's Health 20 Optional
MD7100 7 Research Dissertation 60 Comp

Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits (level 7). Successful completion of MD7001, MD7070 and any one of the option modules (MD7071; MD7076; MD7079)

Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits (level 7). Successful completion of MD7001, MD7070, MD7077, MD7078 and any two of the option modules (MD7071; MD7076; MD7079)

Masters: 180 credits (level 7). Successful completion of MD7001, MD7070, MD7077, MD7078, MD7100 and any two of the option modules (MD7071; MD7076; MD7079)

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The programme is available to those who work within an area of Women's Health. It is also of benefit to those who have an interest in women's health but are not currently working in this area.

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • a first degree (minimum 2.2)
  • hold appropriate professional qualifications to be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.
  • Substantial relevant work experience, together with evidence of recent study or writing at an appropriate level

Overseas Candidates should also be competent in English and have achieved, as a minimum, one of the following standards: IELTS 6.5

Potential students may be invited to attend for interview

 TOEFL – 6.0

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's UK Quality Code for Higher Education (QAA, 2011) and the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapters B1-10 (QAA, 2013) has provided the framework and underpinning ethos for the development of this programme.

The subject benchmark statements from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA, 2011) apply to each of the three exit points for the MSc Women's Health programme. The following extracts and commentary describe the MSc end point to which the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma build, and the table below (section 26) details how the principal outcomes apply to each level.

Firstly, from the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (2011):

Master's degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice;
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables the student:
    To evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
    To evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
  • Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

And holders will have:

  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    o The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
    o Decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations.
    o Independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

‘Much of the study undertaken for Master's degrees will have been at, or informed by, the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. Students will have shown originality in the application of knowledge, and they will understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and they will show originality in tackling and solving problems. They will have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility, and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.' (QAA, 2011, chapter A1, section 1.4, QAA, 2013, Chapter B4: Enabling Student Development and Achievement)

The students will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to facilitate the achievement of all learning outcomes at level 7 within a student-centred approach, aimed at fostering personal, professional and academic development. 

Within this programme, students will study subjects according to their professional interests and career pathways. This will include examining the breadth and depth of national drivers that impact on governance and leadership strategies in healthcare settings. Additionally students will be professionally and academically developed to be proactive in identifying areas which would benefit from innovation and recognising the importance of the implementation of high quality research-based evidence within practice. A combination of teaching and learning strategies will be used with a strong emphasis on directed, self-directed and independent study tailored to meet the students' needs in practice.

A combination of the following learning and teaching methods may be used:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars and group discussions
  • Individual presentations
  • Work-based activities
  • Workshops
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual and group tutorials                                                                            
  • Tutorials, face to face and via Skype.
  • Scenario and role play
  • Directed and independent study, e.g. using online materials
  • Scenario-generated learning
  • Writing essays that will involve skills of critical analysis, critical appraisal, critical evaluation and interpretation of international and national policy, strategy, guidelines, reports and evidence-based research
  • Critical reflection

As the programme progresses the emphasis shifts from conventional knowledge acquisition to the development of concepts, the exercise of judgement and the application of skills. Delivery styles will reflect this: didactic methods will be used less and participant-centred learning processes will predominate.

Although formal teaching styles will be used where appropriate, the responsibility for learning lies with participants. The role of academic staff will be mainly that of facilitators in the learning process. Participant-centred methods will be used whenever possible. The formal teaching processes will make use of directed study, seminars, group exercises, work-based activities and case studies to inform the learning process.

The student experience will be enhanced by the use of critical reflection. A number of modules will use real scenarios generated from the practice setting which facilitate the integration of theory and practice, thus promoting the development of critical decision-making and problem-solving skills. This will encourage the development of lifelong learning.

Problem-based learning is included as a teaching and learning strategy within the programme. The approach adopted within the Faculty of Medicine is termed 'scenario-generated learning' and this will be used as a strategy for learning and teaching within the programme.

Student support and direction will be provided by interactive discussion and individual feedback, which at level 7 will promote the development of critical thinking skills. Email and other electronic communication systems will facilitate the exchange of information among students and staff. This is accessible externally as well as internally to the University. Special workshops and/or weekend sessions will be arranged as the occasion and demand from students arise. Where online learning takes place, emphasis will be placed on interaction through discussion boards, reflection, module chat rooms, video conferencing, tutorials, group share and group blogs as appropriate.

The assessment strategies and methods selected for the programme are reflective of the nature of an MSc Women's  Health student. The programme will make use of formative and summative forms of assessment, and will be derived from self, peer, mentor (leader and/or manager) and/or lecturer input. Assignments will usually be focused on theoretical application of knowledge and where appropriate, case studies and simulated activities will be used to reinforce the academic and theoretical underpinnings delivered on the course. Assignments across all modules are designed so that they meet the programme's learning outcomes, the educational aims of the programme and the QAA Quality Code (2013) Chapter B6: Assessment of students and the recognition of prior learning.

All modules must be successfully completed in order to gain the MSc in Women's Health qualification.

Attendance

The philosophy of the MSc in Women's Health has a strong emphasis on professionalism. It is the expectation that students will attend all lectures that have been formally agreed with the University of Chester unless they have made suitable arrangements with the programme leader. All students will be expected to participate in, and complete any online learning commitments.

 

The aim of the programme is to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding in the field of women’s health.

The programme offers in depth study in a variety of subject areas related to women's health, and is attractive to students who wish to move into more senior positions, progress in their established clinical or professional positions within the healthcare profession, or those who wish to study single modules to extend their knowledge in one specific area of women’s health.

Additionally, the programme is also available to those with a general interest in women's health and not currently working within healthcare.

The programme has been structured to enable students to enrol for an MSc Women's Health programme, or to enrol for individual modules for continuing professional development.

 

 

The University of Chester is committed to the active promotion of equality of opportunity, both as employer and as an educational institution, and has an equality and diversity policy to support this commitment. 

This programme fully embraces the University's commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity. The University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins), creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles), membership or non-membership of a trade union, and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students. The objectives of the programme include ensuring all aspects of delivery are open to all sections of society, and that all students can participate in programme activities to the best of their ability. The programme is designed to ensure inclusivity and that the diverse needs of our students are provided for. In addition, within this programme:

  • Admissions requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality.
  • Each module has been developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning.
  • There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the Faculty works closely with Learning Support in delivering support through learning support plans where appropriate.
  • Supportive formative exercises are presented in modules to give all students an equal chance of succeeding.
  • Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills. The use of anonymous marking also enhances equal opportunity to all students.
  • In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met, any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curricular) are identified and removed or reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate student needs.
  • All learning materials and teaching and learning sessions are designed to be free from racist, sexist and other discriminatory assumptions and practices.

All tutors and support staff are aware of diversity issues and discharge their roles with empathy. At induction all students are made aware of the department structures, so they can discuss issues should a concern arise. Additionally this programme is designed to address the specific needs of a diverse student body.

All students undertaking the programme will receive support and guidance through a number of service and support mechanisms within both the Faculty and the wider University:

  • Academic support and assessment guidance from the module leader.
  • Support throughout from the programme leader.
  • Support and guidance from a nominated person within the supporting organisation.
  • The Student Support and Guidance department, available to all University of Chester students.
  • The programme handbook, available on Portal (the University intranet).
  • Module handbooks that give more specific details of each module than contained in the module descriptor e.g. specific breakdown of content including timetabled sessions, and an updated illustrative reading list to ensure that recommended reading remains relevant and current.
  • Module descriptors, timetables and associated learning materials, e.g. learning packs, accessible via the intranet.
  • Induction programme.
  • Guidance on APL/AP(E)L is available through the AP(E)L team.

The Student Journey

The tables below show the modules a student will study and the progression from year to year for full-time and part-time students.

 

MSc Women’s Health: Full time

Year 1

MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine

Option

 

MD7078

The Public Health agenda for women: Challenges and Opportunities

MD7070 Gender Based Violence

 

 

MD 7077 Leadership for Women: Coaching and Mentoring

Option module

 

 

 

Option module

Year 2

MD7100 Research Dissertation

 

 

 

MSc Women’s Health: Part time

Year 1

MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine

MD7070 Gender Based Violence

Option module

Year 2

MD7078

The Public Health agenda for women: Challenges and Opportunities

MD7077 Leadership for Women: Coaching and Mentoring

Option module

Year 3

MD7100 Research Dissertation

 

 

 

MSc Women’s Health Level 7 Option Modules

MD7071 The Older Woman

MD7076 Women’s Oncology

MD7079 Rural Women

 

 

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