A masters degree in medicine and healthcare can help you to decide if you want to pursue a career in medicine (ie as a doctor) or pursue an alternative career in another aspect of medicine and healthcare. To do a masters degree in this area, you will need to demonstrate a keen interest in the field, and this can be done by having a previous undergraduate degree in medicine or one of the sciences.
There is a whole range of specialisms within the area of medicine and healthcare, which can be surgical, clinical or related to a specific area of illness or disease. If there is a specific topic you are interested in, then you should check to see if there is a masters program in this particular field. This can be done by using our course search facility to see what postgraduate programs are available. It may also be a good idea to use a search engine like Google to get some idea of what courses are out there.
Degree programs in health will cover a variety of different aspect of healthcare. Unlike a medical degree program, a healthcare course will focus more on the emotional and practical sides of health – and students may be accepted onto a healthcare program without a science background. Healthcare programs will often teach students skills in organisation, management and planning, and when studied at masters level are ideal for those students wishing to pursue a career in hospital management.
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There is a variety of postgraduate qualifications you can do in medicine and health, including Masters of Science/Clinical Masters (MSc), Research Masters (MRes), Masters of Education (Med), Masters of Public Health (MPH) and PhDs. To embark on PhD study, you will first require a Masters qualification.
To pursue postgraduate studies within the UK, you will be required to have done an undergraduate degree, in which you have obtained 2:1. Some courses and institutions may not require a 2:1 but for postgrad study it is the norm. You should email the course administrator to enquire further.
For postgrad study in Europe, you will be required to have taken English fluency tests such as IELTS, the International English Language Testing System and achieve a certain score to study a masters degree. Please go to your preferred university website for further details on this.
You will also have to demonstrate your interest in medicine and explain why you want to study in this field. This can be done by giving details of any previous qualifications or jobs.
For some postgraduate courses you will be required to attend an interview at the university, if you are abroad this are sometimes done via Skype or telephone. This is a good sign as it shows you that the university are interested in you as an applicant and want to get to know you better. It is important to prepare a great deal for the interview – this involves re-reading your application, finding out more about the course, having a couple of questions ready to ask in the interview.
To become a doctor, you will need to demonstrate an interest in patient care, show experience of working in the medical field, and achieve excellent academic grades. This is a much respected career, taking up to five years to complete in the UK and sometimes even longer in other universities across mainland Europe. Becoming a doctor can be a long process and involves many postgraduate training years, but it is a very worthwhile and rewarding career.
Becoming a surgeon is also a long process, longer than becoming a doctor. It is also still highly male dominated and breaking down the gender barriers can be somewhat difficult, but not impossible. Interestingly, if you become a surgeon, you will lose your Doctor title and instead become a Mr or Miss/Mrs! Becoming a surgeon will allow you to work in an area of interest for you such as cardiology, ENT, etc.
There may be some of you who prefer the research side of medicine, rather than the practical part. Becoming a specialist researcher in your area of interest will enable you to dig deeper into a specialist area and exercise your expertise to find new cures for diseases and make use of new resources.
When it comes to studying medicine and healthcare at a European university your choices are vast, and to start you off in your search, we’ve listed a couple of highly-ranked European universities that specialise in medicine in Europe, with some details about what master’s degrees are offered. However please bear in mind that this is just three institutions in a continent that offers literally hundreds of top quality higher education institutions.
Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Imperial College London is widely known across the UK and has some of the best facilities for pursuing a master’s degree in medicine. This university has a whole range of master’s of sciences, clinical masters and research-based masters programs in a variety of different medical-related topics. Topics covered include cardiology, surgical, cancer, allergy, molecular medicine and more. An MSc program at Imperial College London will be highly competitive but will offer you both theoretical and practical work.
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The University of Oxford is globally renowned and has an acclaimed Medical Sciences department. A world leader in its genetics, immunology and epidemiology programs, it also has a wide range of masters degree programs in the field of medicine such as Biochemistry, Psychology, Pathology, Paediatrics and more. It will be extremely competitive to apply for these courses so be sure you have enough experience and academics achievements in this area.
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), France
UPMC is one of the best medical schools in France and is well-known across Europe. The university, which is based in Paris, is the largest medical facility in France and has been ranked as one of the top universities in the world. This university will give you a great insight into the medical field and offer you world-class training to pursue a career in medicine.
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