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Structured Masters by Research

Course Details

Course Code: MDSEHSRFA

Available: Part- Time Full- Time

Duration: 2 Year,

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Research

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Katie Robinson
Email:
Katie.Robinson@ul.ie
Tel:
+353 61 213370
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Brief Description

The Sructured Masters by Research programme is designed to develop students’ research skills through a high quality programme of supported and structured learning. Core taught modules will introduce the student to the postgraduate academic community and support the student in conducting high quality, ethical research. The students will also select a number of research and specialist modules from across the university which meet their learning needs and interests. A personal academic supervisor will guide the student in selecting the most appropriate modules. An original research thesis must be completed as part of the programme

 The Structured Masters by Research programme is designed to develop students’ research skills through a high quality programme of supported and structured learning. This programme is tailored to allow students to undertake a programme of education and research alongside their workplace and other commitments. It offers flexible professional development opportunities for working professionals, graduates, and those interested in research-based practice and learning. The course is comprised of three core modules, research and specialist elective modules, and a research thesis. 

Core taught modules will introduce the student to the postgraduate academic community and support the student in conducting high quality, ethical research. Students typically take one core module per semester (three total), with each module requiring between three half days to four days contact time only, spread over the semester (See Programme Content tab). Module dates are provided well in advance of semester to facilitate students with other commitments. 

The students will also select a number of research and specialist modules from across the university which meet their learning needs and interests. Typically this will involve a research and a specialist interest elective module. A personal academic supervisor will guide the student in selecting the most appropriate modules. A variety of flexible module options are available, such as condensed study weeks or independent learning modules to accommodate busy students. Finally, an original research thesis must be completed as part of the programme. Students will be supported by their supervisor in completion of this thesis.

This programme also provides the student the opportunity to continue to the structured PhD programme should they so wish.  The modules taken as part of the Structured Masters by Research account for the majority of teaching credits required for completion of the sPhD programme.  Additionally, the skills learned in undertaking the Structured Masters by Research Programme equip the student for the requirements of the PhD path. 

The Structured Masters by Research is hosted by the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences which is comprised of four departments, Clinical Therapies, Nursing & Midwifery, Physical Education & Sport Sciences and Psychology and two schools, the Graduate Entry Medical School and the School of Education. The multi-disciplinary nature of the faculty offers the student inter-professional opportunities in addition to growth in one’s own field. If you are motivated by a desire for professional development and a wish to engage in a supportive and accessible research environment, this programme may be for you.

Initial Enquiries: EHSStructuredmasters@ul.ie

 

The Structured Masters by Research will comprise of a number of core modules which must be completed.  In addition to three taught core modules, the student will complete a research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor.  In addition, students must complete a number of elective, research and specialist modules from modules offered accross the University.  These modules may reflect the interests and/or educational requirements of the student.  Details of core and elective modules are included below:

Core Modules

Thesis 150 credits  
Introduction to Postgraduate Research 6 credits 4 full days
Research Integrity 3 credits 3 half days
Entering the Academic Community 3 credits 1 full day

 

 

Electives

Research Methods 6-12 credits
Specialist Modules 6-12 credits
Total credits required 180

 

 

 

 

Semester 1 Autumn  30 ECTS Semester 2 Spring  30 ECTS
Thesis
Introduction to Postgraduate Research*
Research Methods
Research Modules
12-27
6ECTS
0-9 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
Thesis
Introduction to Postgraduate Research*
Research Integrity
Research Methods
Specialist Modules
 

18-27
6 ECTS
3 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
 

Semester 3 Summer 30 ECTS Semester 4 Autumn 30 ECTS
Thesis
Research Integrity*
Research Methods
Specialist Modules
12-30
3 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
Thesis
Entering the academic community*
Research Methods
Research Modules  
18-30
3 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
Semester 5 Spring 30 ECTS Semester 6 Summer 30 ECTS
Thesis
Research Methods
Specialist Modules
21-30
0-9 ECTS
0-9 ECTS
Thesis
Research Methods
Specialist Modules
21-30
0-9 ECTS
0-9 ECTS

 * Indicates that the module can be taken in a particular semester contingent on point of entry.

An appropriate master’s degree or equivalent recognised by the University of Limerick. An honours primary bachelor’s degree or equivalent (minimum 2.2). Candidates with an equivalent qualification and a period of appropriate professional experience may also be considered for this programme. Please contact the Course Director for further details.

 A minimum IELST English language score of 6.5  (with not less  than 6 in any one component) is required for applicants whose first language is not English

 

Fees for all postgraduate programmes are revised on an annual basis.  Detailed information on fee schedules and fee regulations is available on the Fees Office website. 

Payment by instalment is facilitated by the Fees Office. 

Please contact the Fees Office directly at student.fees.office@ul.ie for details.

No Graduate Profile available as this is a new programme