In this programme, students can opt for a focus area of their choice and gain deeper knowledge and specialisation in the field. For example, students entering the programme with a strong interest in a particular field will carry out their assignments and complete their Master's thesis in that area. The Master's degree comprises 120 ECTS, combining 60 ECTS of coursework and a 60 ECTS Master's thesis. The academic title is Master of Health Sciences. A 40 ECTS programme, Qualification at Master's level, is also offered but is not offered in specialised areas. However, if students aim for the Master's degree it is good to bear this in mind when selecting courses.
Students set their own goals within the Master's degree programme and choose their theme and courses that best suit them as a foundation for their own research. The Department Head of the General Study programme is Dr. Sigríður Halldórsdóttir, Professor. She assists students in goal setting and identifying courses that best build the foundation for their Master’s thesis.
In this study programme three courses are compulsory, a total of 30 ECTS, plus a Master's thesis.
|HHS0105||Health and the Health Care System: Status, Goals and Trends||10 ECTS|
|EIR0155||Qualitative Research||10 ECTS|
|MER0110||Quantitative Research||10 ECTS|
|MPR0160||Master’s Thesis||60 ECTS|
Electives in the General Study programme amount to 30 ECTS.
The Faculty offers the following courses as electives:
|BRÞ0110||Health Care in Case of Accidents and Acute Illnesses||10 ECTS|
|EEL0105||Rehabilitation, Empowerment and Quality of Life||10 ECTS|
|GHB0110||Mental Health: Issues and Intervention||5 or 10 ECTS|
|HGE0110||Health Care and Health Promotion||10 ECTS|
|KRA0105||Cancer and Palliative Care||10 ECTS|
|LSL1015||Chronic Illness||10 ECTS|
|OFB0105||Trauma and Violence||5 or 10 ECTS|
|ÖHÍ0105||Aging and Health||10 ECTS|
|ÞFS0105||Servant Leadership, Management and Reflection||10 ECTS|
Students can also attend elective courses at other universities, subject to the approval of the Head of Faculty and the Master's thesis supervisor.
Course and programme structure
Please click on the course number link for course descriptions and learning outcomes.
See more in the curriculum about the 120 ECTS Master's programme and learning outcomes
See more in the curriculum about the 40 ECTS Qualification at Master level and learning outcomes
For more information on the General Study programme please contact:
Office Manager of the School of Health Sciences:
tel. +354 460 8036
fax: +354 460 8999
Department Head of the General Study programme:
Dr. Sigríður Halldórsdóttir, Professor
tel. +354 460 8452
Fax: +354 460 8999