Masters | Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science
Musculoskeletal Medicine)—part-time

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

Course overview

Masters:

The Masters in Medical Science (Musculoskeletal Medicine) is a 1 year part time programme (60 ECTS), consisting of modules in scientific writing and publication, and a research thesis conducted over semesters 1 and 2. Entry to the Masters programme requires successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (Musculoskeletal Medicine).

 

PDip:

The programme at its core is aimed at establishing a method of musculoskeletal assessment, clinical reasoning and choice of appropriate treatment of the spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions presenting at the frontline. Critical evaluation of the existing tenets of musculoskeletal medicine practice and mastery of the skills required to undertake advanced research and develop innovative skills in practice will be integrated. The programme is delivered via structured face-to-face small group teaching, practical skill sessions, and distance learning (Blackboard).

Key facts

Entry requirements

This programme is open to Registered Medical Practitioners, Chartered Physiotherapists and  Advanced Nurse Practitioners, or equivalent. All students must produce evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B, and indicate how supervision of injection practice will be conducted in the inter-unit periods.  

Entry to the Masters degree programme requires successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (Musculoskeletal Medicine).

Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: This programme is now incorporated into the Masters in Medical Science programme.

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 20

Closing date: This programme is now incorporated into the Masters in Medical Science programme.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Masters:

This programme is taught on a shared learning educational model providing maximum interaction between existing Masters in Medical Science programmes. The programme will use a range of teaching/learning strategies to include formal lectures, practical skills development, case studies, seminars on pre-ordained core topics requiring student research and presentation.


PDip:

6 modules, 3 per semester.

Semester I
Musculoskeletal Medicine I
Informatics I: Retrieval and Appraisal of Scientific Literature
Biostatistics I: Critical Appraisal of Published Statistics

Semester II
Musculoskeletal Medicine II
Informatics II: Research methods
Biostatistics II: Statistics for Biomedical Research


The Musculoskeletal Medicine component of the programme will deal with connective tissue injury/repair, pain theory and fundamentals of examination and treatment of the upper and lower limbs.


In addition to the examination of, and treatment of the rest of the body, further injection instruction, choice of appropriate imaging, rheumatological presentations overlapping with soft tissue injury.

Coursework will be interdisciplinary and planned to align with the programme and module learning outcomes. Modules will be assessed at the end of each semester consisting of a practical skills assessment and a knowledge-based MCQ. In addition, clinical modules will be assessed using OSCE and clinical case studies. A research proposal will be submitted at the end of year one. Successful candidates will be eligible for progression to the Masters Programme.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Dr Tom Nolan
Dr Thomas Kropmans
Dr John Newell
Ms Gloria Avalos
Mr Micheál Newell

Find out more

Dr Thomas Kropmans | Dr Micheál Newell
T: +353 91 495 478 | +353 91 495 940
E: thomas.kropmans@nuigalway.ie |
micheal.newell@nuigalway.ie

www.mastersinmedicalscience.com

PAC code

GYM63 (Masters)
GYM64 (PDip)

Fees for this course

School of Medicine Postgraduate Brochure