Master Programme in Caring Science

60 ECTS credits (start autumn-11)

Overview

Profile - General Content

The aim of the Master's programme is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge, skills and abilities on the second cycle level within the field of caring science in relation to the first cycle programme. The programme shall, in addition to what is applicable on the first cycle level, further develop the student's capacity to independently integrate and use knowledge to deal with complex caring science issues and situations. The programme will also prepare the student to develop within the nursing profession and deepen the student's ability to assume initiative and develop nursing and also to prepare for future studies on the third cycle level. The working approach varies and is based on individual work as well as interaction in a group with the aim of promoting learning and developing self-awareness and the capacity to empathise. The programme is run as a combination of teaching on campus and online. The programme comprises 60 HEC and leads to a Master of Science in Caring Science.

Qualification Awarded

The programme leads to a degree on the second cycle level designated Master of Science in Caring Science.
Main field of study: Caring Science.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Admission

Prerequisites

For admission to the programme, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science/Nursing is required

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria

If there are more applicants who satisfy the admission requirements than there are places available when the programme is due to start, a selection process is used. The process is as follows:

For a second cycle programme there is a special selection process. The special selection process means that one or more selection criteria are examined collectively using a specific method, which produces a merit rating.

Method descriptions

The special selection process means that one or more selection criteria:

1. grades
2. national university aptitude test
3. other special examinations
4. academic merits (higher education credits)
5. work experience
6. special reasons

are taken into account using a specific method, which produces a merit rating.

Method 1: For special selection based on academic merits

Only the number of completed higher education credits which the applicant has documented in conjunction with his/her application will be taken into account. Credits earned outside Sweden are converted using guidelines issued by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

Selection groups:

AP - academic merits

SA - late applications
This selection group is intended for late applications. Applicants who submit a late application are placed in this selection group and are allocated a merit rating based on the date of receipt of the application.

DA - direct admission can take place in special cases following individual review.

Highest merit rating:

The merit rating comprises the number of completed higher education credits over and above the admission requirements and the maximum merit rating is 225 higher education credits.

Qualified applicants with similar merits:

If two or more applicants for an application alternative on the first cycle or second cycle level have the same merit rating the places are allocated through the drawing of lots.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

The aim of the Master's programme is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge, skills and abilities on the second cycle level within the field of caring science in relation to the first cycle programme. The programme shall, in addition to what is applicable on the first cycle level, further develop the student's capacity to independently integrate and use knowledge to deal with complex caring science issues and situations. The programme will also prepare the student to develop within the nursing profession and deepen the student's ability to assume initiative and develop nursing and also to prepare for future studies on the third cycle level. The working approach varies and is based on individual work as well as interaction in a group with the aim of promoting learning and developing self-awareness and the capacity to empathise. The programme is run as a combination of teaching on campus and online. The programme comprises 60 HEC and leads to a Master of Science in Caring Science.

Learning outcomes

Apart from the nationally regulated objectives, which are to be found under Point 8, the programme also has the following objectives.

Knowledge and understanding

Following completion of the programme the student shall:
  • be able to demonstrate deeper knowledge of the basics of caring science,
  • be able to demonstrate greater insight into current research and development work within caring science, both in terms of theory and methodology,
  • acquire more in-depth knowledge with regard to a qualitative and quantitative research approach.
Skills and ability:

Following completion of the programme the student shall:
  • be able to critically and systematically integrate theory and evidence in caring science in order to analyse, assess and handle complex issues,
  • be able to discuss and argue around the theory and evidence of caring science in dialogue with other professional groups,
  • be able to participate in research work and to initiate and be involved in development work related to areas within the field of caring science,
  • be able to identify and implement nursing measures that have a scientific foundation.
Evaluation capacity and approach:

Following completion of the programme the student shall:
  • be able to independently make assessments and evaluate and prioritise nursing measures with account taken of relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects and sustainable development with a focus on the perspective of the care client,
  • be able to demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of science, its role in the community and people's responsibility for how it is used,
  • be able to identify a personal need for further knowledge and to assume responsibility for knowledge development and preparing for education on the third cycle level,
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of and maintain patient integrity and patient safety in care situations where applied information and communication technology or other medical technology is used.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Structure

Mode of delivery

The master's programme comprises 60 ECTS credits and is arranged on a half-time basis. The programme takes the form of teaching on campus and online. The programme is subject to ongoing evaluation and development, which could mean the range of courses and the venue for the courses changes over time.
Compulsory courses, second cycle level


The programme objectives are achieved through the courses that form part of the degree.
Assessment and examination take place on the course level and information regarding examinations and grading are to be found in each course syllabus.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2011

Compulsory courses

Science, Theory and Methods in relation to the Nursing Profession, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of key concepts within the main field of study in both a theoretical and empirical context as well as the relationship between science, theory, methods, research, evidence and the profession.

Read all information about the course 'Science, Theory and Methods in relation to the Nursing Profession' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Qualitative Research Methods in Caring Science, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to be able to apply qualitative methods and their scientific theory and to be able to evaluate how qualitative methods can be used within caring science research. A further aim is for the student to be able to apply at least one qualitative method within the field of caring science.

Read all information about the course 'Qualitative Research Methods in Caring Science' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Quantitative Research Methods in Caring Science, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire a deeper understanding of quantitative methods and statistical processing in order to apply these methods to research within caring science. A further aim is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge in order, through its application, to demonstrate, reach conclusions and evaluate how the methods are used within caring science.

Read all information about the course 'Quantitative Research Methods in Caring Science' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Methods for evidence -systematic appraisal of the literature, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire an in-depth understanding of the principles for evidence-based care. A further aim is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge required to gather, examine and evaluate data as a means of documenting evidence in a care context.

Read all information about the course 'Methods for evidence -systematic appraisal of the literature' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses autumn semester 2012

Elective courses

e-Health from a Caring Perspective, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire advanced knowledge of key concept within e-health as well as scientific thinking in order to be able to evaluate and critically examine the application of the development and use of e-health using human needs in a care context as a starting point.

Read all information about the course 'e-Health from a Caring Perspective' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Nursing Older People Focusing on Health and Ageing Well, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of wellness, illness and diseases. The course also aims to help the student, independently and systematically, understand, analyse and assess the need for care among the elderly and which factors can influence care and ageing well.

Read all information about the course 'Nursing Older People Focusing on Health and Ageing Well' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Organisation, Management and Development in Nursing Care, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of different theories of importance to the core subject and the purpose is also to acquire the capacity to systematically organise, plan, lead, co-ordinate and evaluate care work and the care process.

Read all information about the course 'Organisation, Management and Development in Nursing Care' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Caring Science, 15 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to apply all the stages in the research process in one individual, caring science thesis.

Read all information about the course 'Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Caring Science' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Written Work

The programme is concluded with a written master's thesis equivalent to 15 HEC.

International element

International studies can either be pursued at one of our partner universities or at another suitable university.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles

The programme prepares for qualified work within healthcare and is directed at those who work in this field. Following completion of the programme, the student shall, using a caring science and evidence foundation, be able to perform advanced care work in complex care situations and be involved in improvement work.
A student with a degree from the programme can, among other things, work with the following duties: advanced clinical nursing, care development, work supervision, teaching.

Further Studies

A student with a degree from the programme can generally apply for a third cycle degree within the main field of study Nursing/Caring Science.

At BTH the following programmes on the third cycle level are open to students with a degree from this programme: Applied Health Technology.

Programme Advisory Board

The purpose of a small programme committee is, in co-operation with (mainly local) representatives from different areas and students to jointly reflect on the programmes, their quality and their relevance. Provision of advice prior to strategic decisions.
Participants: Programme director, representatives from the main fields of study, a faculty representative, a student representative, a past student, representative(s) from the labour market/supervisors for students in the field or equivalent.
Work specification:
Meet at least once each term. Discuss course and programme evaluations, plan possible improvement measures and assure the usability of the programme. Takes place both at the operative representatives and at the School of Health Science.
Contact person: Gunilla Borglin.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Examination

Qualification Awarded

The programme leads to a degree on the second cycle level designated Master of Science in Caring Science.
Main field of study: Caring Science.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and examination vary between the different courses in the programme. Reference should be made to the information for each individual course in the programme.

Programme Evaluations

During the programme, each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form the basis for future development. The programme as a whole is evaluated during the final course.

Alumni


At BTH we have a network for our alumni. If you want to know how it´s like to be a student at BTH, you may send an e-mail to alumni@bth.se.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

 

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