Course Overview

The overall aim of the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice and Research is two-pronged: 

  1. The first aim is to develop participants’ capacity to take a leadership role in relation to teaching healthcare students. The programme will empower participants to become competent and self-directed clinical educators. Many healthcare professionals report feeling under-trained to take on the responsibilities of the clinical educator role. Lack of knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching and assessing students particularly weak and challenging students are commonly cited concerns.  This MSc will provide opportunities for participants to advance their skills in teaching, assessment and research in the clinical context. Participants will become skilled role models in the implementation of high quality educational environments to enhance practice for educators, students and clients.
  2.  The second aim of this MSc is to advance participants’ capacity in relation to research in their chosen clinical field of specialism. There is an increased emphasis on evidence-based practice within healthcare professions. The aims of this MSc are also to develop learners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to use and contribute to evidence-based practice and to enable them to take a leadership role in designing and implementing research to support best practice. 

On completion of the MSc participants will be able to:

  • Critically appraise, design and implement evidence based clinical teaching approaches and methods;
  • Critically appraise assessment methodology and its impact on the learner and the learning environment;
  • Design, implement and reflect on procedures which enhance the quality of student placements;
  • Critically appraise, design and manage a piece of semi-independent research

NOTE: information on the University of Galway Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme is online here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

While not compulsory it is recommended that applicants should;

  • Have relevant experience in clinical teaching.
  • For those applicants who do not have clinical teaching experience opportunities can be provided at University of Galway. Participants will not get paid for this work and are advised to contact the Course Director in advance to discuss.

The Discipline of SLT may be able to provide some opportunities for clinical experience for new graduates to enable them to maintain their clinical skills and access participants for their dissertation. Supervision and mentoring will be offered and participants will not get paid for this work.

Applicants should be eligible to

  • Obtain Garda clearance in the event they wish to carry out a thesis with clients or engage in clinical work.
  • Be eligible to register with CORU.

Who Teaches this Course

Educators and Tutors TBD (Discipline of General Practice; University of Galway).

Dr Ruth McMenamin
B.Sc., M.Sc
Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy
Áras Moyola
University of Galway
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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree in a professional healthcare course (minimum Second Class Honours degree required). Applicants must be able to register with their appropriate professional or regulatory body.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year full-time; 2 years-part-time

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

31 July 2024

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

There will be five taught modules. These will include;

Educational Research

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the similarities and differences between educational and healthcare research;
  • Describe educational research paradigms, strategies and methods;
  • Prepare a robust research proposal;
  • Implement a research design;
  • Analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data using appropriate techniques;
  • Report and present research findings in the form of a research paper;
  • Enter, manage and analyse data using SPSSS and NVivo as appropriate;
  • Show due regard to research ethics;
  • Critically reflect on research practice.

Clinical Teaching in SLT

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the stages of student learning and describe learning theories that underpin practice education;
  • Critically appraise and implement best practice in student education;
  • Interpret the legislation impacting student education;
  • Critically appraise the existing and emerging evidence base in relation to challenges experienced on placement;
  • Design, implement and reflect on procedures which enhance the quality of student placements.

 Clinical Teaching Methodologies

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Implement and evaluate effective clinical teaching using appropriate theory based techniques;
  • Categorise explanation into different approaches and apply them to different educational challenges;
  • Explain how to use different questioning styles to promote effective learning;
  • Describe different types of feedback and explain why feedback is a vital part of the learning cycle;
  • Plan, facilitate and evaluate active learning in small groups in a clinical setting;
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate an effective lecture, and encourage active learning in a large group teaching setting;
  • Describe what is meant by "teaching scripts" and explain why some strategies are more useful than others for teaching in particular contexts;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in key clinical teaching skills such as bedside teaching, giving feedback and using questions appropriately.

Foundations of Assessment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Situate assessment within the context of the curriculum;
  • Describe the diverse purposes of assessment;
  • Explain key concepts in assessment with examples from practice and/or experience;
  • Critically evaluate the way in which assessment is currently used;
  • Use the concept of course alignment effectively in relation to practice;
  • Explain how to enhance validity in the design of assessment;
  • Explain how reliability can be addressed in design and implementation of assessment;
  • Draw on best practice in the design of assessment in a clinical educational setting;
  • Select appropriate assessment(s) for different domains and levels of learning outcomes;
  • Apply levels of proficiency at each level of Miller's triangle;
  • Explain the importance of making judgements in the process of assessment;
  • Explain the relevance of norm and criterion referencing to the process of assessment;
  • Devise appropriate criteria for the assessment of clinical knowledge and skills;
  • Explain blueprinting and apply it to their own assessment practice to assure quality.

Using Evidence in Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Describe the evidence based practice resources available which are relevant for practice in the clinic, classroom and community.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in turning questions into effective search strategies.
  • Appraise quantitative and qualitative research literature
  • Analyse and synthesise information from multiple sources to draw valid inferences about the state of knowledge in a particular field.

Module details for the full-time course

Module details for the part-time course

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

On completion of this MSc, you will be well positioned to pursue senior, specialist and managerial posts within the HSE and voluntary agencies. You may also choose to pursue opportunities in academic teaching. The interdisciplinary learning environment will equip you with new and innovative ways of working in our challenging healthcare system.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,390 full-time; €4,105 part-time (including levy) p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€8,250 full-time; €4,000 part-time p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 full-time; €105 part-time p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€17,500 p.a. (€17,640 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €4,000 towards your tuition (2023/24).  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay tuition up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €140.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = Tuition (EU or NON EU) + Student levy as outlined above.

Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here

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T: +353 91 495 470

Dr Ruth Mc Menamin
T: +353 91 495 470

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