Master of Science in Health Services Management (by Research)

Master of Science in Health Services Management (by Research)

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Health Services Management (by Research)
Course code PMSCHSMPDT2
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Sandra Buttigieg
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
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.

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, epidemiology and statistics. This will be followed by HSM5111 - Designing Effective and Efficient Health Systems. . 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 (by Research) are strongly advised to refer to the instructions available here.

A list of potential research topics and potential supervisors for academic year 2020/21 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 2020.

Guidelines for the formulation of a research proposal can be found here.

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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.

During the first year of the Course, students may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for work which may bring them in contact with the clinical environment. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
These tuition fees are quoted for indicative purposes only as they are based on the programme of studies of 2018/9.
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.
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 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.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 23 April 2021

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