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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Health Services Management (by Research)








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Day


The study and application of health services management and leadership in health have become an essential element to managing health care organisations successfully and professionally. Health care systems and organisations are extremely complex to manage and operate and require highly skilled and trained professionals in the many areas of health management.

This course is intended for graduates in health sciences and related fields who would want to further their studies in the area of health services management research. The main aims of this programme are for students to develop:
• The ability to adapt and apply research methodology in a particular research area in health services management and leadership,
• An in-depth understanding of a specialized area in health services management and leadership,
• Increased analytical and critical reflective capacity in the chosen specialized area of health services management and leadership, and
• A skills base from which they can proceed to further their studies in health services management and leadership at doctoral level.

The course starts off with HSM5107, which is a comprehensive study-unit covering research methods in Health Services Management, epidemiology and statistics. This is delivered through a wide array of methods, including lectures, tutorials, group work, discussions and debates, seminars and research based activities. Depending on the chosen field for research within Health Services Management, students will be exposed to both the theoretical aspects and models of management, as well as their practical implications utilising case studies, review of articles, field work and group interaction. The members of the Department of Health Services Management, many of whom are senior health service executives with long experience in management and leadership, will deliver the specific course material related to the area of specialization. They will be assisted by visiting and invited experts and guest lecturers, from both Malta and abroad. This course prides itself in collaborating with many of the leading exponents in Health Service Management and leadership abroad.

Applicants interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Health Services Management (by Research) are strongly advised to refer to the instructions available here.

A list of potential research topics and potential supervisors for academic year 2016/7 can be accessed here.

It is also advisable for applicants to submit a completed Expression of Interest form, which can be found here, by the end of June 2016.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
• Apply acquired research skills and knowledge to health services management in practice,
• Carry out a research project and produce results, which are potentially publishable, and
• Communicate and interact with professionals in health services and other disciplines involved in the health industry.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The Department of Health Services Management has been training and producing managers and leaders in health care for the past 20 years. Many of the senior managers and leaders in the public and private health care sectors have undergone training and instruction through one of the programmes run by the Department. Qualifications in management are a prerequisite for many middle and senior management posts today, therefore, a Master qualification in Health Services Management would provide graduates with access to management positions, not only in health care but also in other related sectors such as education, social care and in academia.

A qualification at Master’s level in Health Services Management (by research) provides graduates with the possibility to continue their studies and research at doctoral level. In fact several alumni have proceeded to acquire doctoral degrees after completing their master’s degree. This allows them to take up an academic or research oriented career in Malta or abroad.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is intended for mature graduate students already working in health care or in a similar or complementary sector who wish to acquire research skills in health services management, with the possible aim of pursuing a career in management.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) from the Faculty of Health Sciences in an area of study which should be directly related to the area in which the research is to be carried out, or

(b) a Bachelor’s degree obtained with at least a Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being closely related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out, or

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in (a) and (b) above,

provided that applicants in possession of a first degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out shall be considered as eligible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 1 September 2016
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