Course Details

Course Code:
MSDEHWTFAD/MSDEHWTPAD
Duration:
1 Year FT or 2 Year PT
Award:
Masters
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name: Dr Louise Kiernan
Email: louise.kiernan@ul.ie Telephone: 353 (61)233686

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Brief Description

The MSc in Design for Health and Wellbeing is based on working and co-designing with stakeholders right across health care, from hospitals, to mental health services, public health, and the wellbeing of consumers in society.The program is offered as a full-time and part-time option. The part-time option caters for those who are working or have other commitments and requires one day a week on campus. The program facilitates online and blended learning.

The Masters is delivered predominantly in a design studio environment, cultivating a culture of creativity, peer learning and transdisciplinary exploration. The core design modules are based on project work, problem solving and creativity, that centres on collaboration, human centred design and contemporary design processes. Students work across domains and at the borders of design and other disciplines.

The approach is based on real-world challenges linked with industry and community partners. Through this real-world approach students learn to identify opportunities and innovate solutions that have a positive impact on individuals, as well as public, health and wellbeing.

Foundation knowledge in design processes will build to specific expertise, as applied to the areas of health and wellbeing. The curriculum focuses on experimentation and exploration to develop critical thinking, independent learning and an ability to bring new processes and thinking to this emergent global area.

The Masters will be delivered in a design studio environment, cultivating a culture of creativity, peer learning and transdisciplinary exploration. The core design modules will be based on project work that centres on collaboration, human centred design and contemporary design processes.

There are also alternative exit routes/awards for students to avail of :

  1. Full-Time – Graduate Diploma in Design for Health and Wellbeing after Spring semester on completion of 60 credits.
  2. Part-Time – Graduate Diploma in Design for Health and Wellbeing after Spring semester of year 2 on completion of 60 credits.
  3. Full-Time – MSc in Design for Health and Wellbeing after Summer semester of Year 1 on completion of 90 credits.
  4. Part-Time – MSc in Design for Health and Wellbeing after Summer semester of Year 2 on completion of 90 credits.
Autumn Semester - Full time  Spring Semester - Full time Summer Semester - Full time
  • Entrepreneurship – Establishing International Ventures
  • Design Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Emergent Care 1

 

(30 ECTS)

  • Human Factors in Health Systems
  • Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
  • Ideation and Representation
  • Concept Development and Evaluation

(30 ECTS)

  • Design Project (30 credits)

 

 

(30 ECTS)

Autumn Semester Part-time Year 1 Spring Semester - Part-time Year 1 Summer Semester - Part-time Year 1
  • Entrepreneurship - Establishing International Ventures
  • Design Research

(15 ECTS)

  • Human Factors in Health Systems
  • Ideation and Representation

(15 ECTS)

 

Autumn Semester - Part-time Year 2 Spring Semester - Part-time Year 2 Summer Semester Part-time Year 2
  • Anatomy & Physiology in Emergent Care 1

(15 ECTS)

  • Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
  • Concept Development and Evaluation

(15 ECTS)

  • Design Project (30 credits)

(30 ECTS)

Students will work across domains and at the borders of design and other disciplines. The approach will be based on real-world challenges linked with industry and community partners. Through this real-world approach students will learn to identify opportunities and innovate solutions that have a positive impact on individual, as well as public, health and wellbeing. Foundation knowledge in design processes build to specific expertise as applied to the are as health and wellbeing. The curriculum focuses on experimentation, exploration to develop critical thinking, independent learning and an ability to bring new processes and thinking to this emergent global area.
 

The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2, (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject as outlined below, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

Applications are welcome from students of non-design backgrounds who are interested in innovating solutions for tomorrow’s health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to, technical disciplines (science & engineering), business, medicine and allied health professions, and social sciences.

Where applicants are non-native English language speakers, certified achievement in TOEFL or IELTS Standard English Language Competency Test will be required.  An interview may be part of the admission process

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of Interest: Applicants should describe their key areas of interest in the area of design and health and wellbeing. (500 max words). You may also include the following in your application (optional).Examples of previous work: Applicants can submit a digital portfolio showing samples of relevant student or professional work produced in the last five years. Visual work, analytic reports, proposal documents etc. may be included. 
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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Applicants may be called for an interview. The interview normally takes 20-30 minutes and includes a review of the applicant’s application documentation.

Graduates of this programme will have advanced design skills setting them up for innovation roles to lead the development of new health solutions across diverse applications and industries. 
Example careers include:

  • Medical device innovation
  • Consumer products to improve health and wellbeing
  • Health technologies to monitor and treat diseases
  • Innovative solutions to address psychology and sociological aspects in health