Primary Care

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Medicine

Course overview

The Master of Health Sciences (Primary Care) will equip students to successfully develop and carry out a piece of research within the primary care setting, and in doing so develop relevant expertise in research methodology. Students are drawn from a wide range of health and social care professions. 


The programme runs for one calendar year from September to August. Each student is assigned a dedicated thesis supervisor with whom they will work closely throughout the year. Individual research is supported by ten days of workshops in Galway (two consecutive weekdays in each of September, October, November, February and April). The topics covered during workshops include: 



  • Advanced qualitative research methods

  • Statistics

  • Computer packages: SPSS, Nvivo and Endnote

  • Evidence Based Research

  • Research ethics

  • How to write a research paper

Programmes available

Masters in Health Sciences (Primary Care), full-time in service

Entry requirements

Entry to the Masters will usually follow successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care or Clinical Primary Care. Applications may also be considered from others with relevant educational background and experience. Selection is based on academic record and congruence of the applicant’s thesis proposal with expertise and capacity for supervision within the Discipline of General Practice. All applicants should contact the Course Director (see below) for further details in relation to this.

Areas of interest

Proposals for Masters research projects are welcomed in any area of primary health care.

Find out more

Mary Byrne
T +353 91 495 205      
E mary.byrne@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

MHSc (full-time in service) GYN93

Current Students

Liz Martin

MHSc in Primary Care (2009)

"The process of completing this academic programme has made me more confident, but what is more important is that I have learned to see the world from a different perspective and to be more objective and critical about the way I think."

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