Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers a 120 ECTS Master's degree programme in Health Sciences consisting of 60 ECTS of course-work and a 60 ECTS Master's thesis. The degree is a Master's degree in Health Sciences, MS. A 40 ECTS postgraduate diploma is also offered.
A Bachelor's degree, BS, in the field of health sciences, or related subjects, completed at a higher education institution, corresponding to a 180–240 ECTS accredited study programme with a first-class grade.
Study and teaching
Graduate students have different backgrounds and share different experiences. Various teaching methods are used to encourage student participation and initiative. These include discussions, workshops, individual and group assignments, and case studies. Students are expected to engage in self-study, and lectures and classroom discussions during the study sessions should inspire further reading and analysis of the graduate study topics. It is assumed that students will gain knowledge of major theories and research in the field through the reading of textbooks and articles.
Organization of teaching
The teaching is organised in an electronic web environment, where course descriptions, Power Point slides, reading lists, assignment descriptions, and reference material is found. Students also use the web environment to interact with teachers and fellow students between study sessions. Graduate students are expected to attend the study sessions. This greatly facilitates their project work and is a prerequisite for critical discussion and systematic analysis of the topics of each course.
Objectives of the Master's degree programme
The objective of the Master's programme is to produce graduates who are critical analysts, reflective professionals, change-oriented individuals, and open-minded, creative leaders. These are the highlights that govern the structure and content of courses, and they constitute a guiding light for the conducting of teaching and the evaluation of studies. All courses emphasise the importance of research.
Head of Faculty of Graduate Studies
Dr. Sigrún Sigurðardóttir
tel. +354 460 8473
fax: +354 460 8999