Caring Science: mental health and recovery (Scandinavian students only)
Master’s degree in Caring Science, with special focus on dialogical and collaborative approaches to mental health and recovery.
This Master’s education offers a unique possibility for nurses with a specialist education in psychiatric nursing and a one year master in caring science to broaden and deepen their competencies in delivering and developing mental health care.
A changed perspective of mental health services requires new skills
Psychiatric care has undergone some major changes during the last decades. The large psychiatric institutions have been closed down, and many people are now cared for in their homes and in different types of out-patient settings. Simultaneously the view on mental health care has been altered. Researchers as well as consumer organisations put forth the importance of patient participation as well as close co-operation with the person’s family and social network. This calls for mental health services that support the person to live a good life, despite their psychiatric disease.
Nordic Master´s Degree Programme in Dialogical and Collaborative Approaches to Mental Health and Recovery (NordMaD)
You will study together with other students during the second cycle of MDH’s master’s degree education in caring science. However, three of the courses in MDH’s MSc programme are exchanged to the NordMaD courses. Hence, during these three courses you study together with people from the partner universities. These three courses, or modules, are organized as web-courses combined with an intensive week in each country (one every semester). During these mandatory weeks (Monday lunch – Friday lunch) students and teachers stay at the same place away from the University. Cost for travel and accommodation (shared room, but not food) for intensive courses will be financed through Nordplus.
The Finnish Need-Adapted Approach 7,5 credits
Management, Teams and Organizations in Health and Social Welfare 7,5 credits (PSA309)
Peer-supported Open Dialogue 7,5 credits
The completion of these three courses will render a Diploma supplement to your MSc Degree, describing knowledge and skills related to NordMaD.
The MSc programme at Mälardalen University
The mandatory courses in MDU’s master programme are courses in research methods (minimum 15 credits. Which courses are dependent on your existing knowledge in research methods, the course leader will advice you about this). In addition you will study one 7,5 credit course which you chose among theory and method courses in MDU’s programme.
For the award of a Master’s degree you must complete a degree project of 15 credits. In your master’s thesis in Caring science you can build on your one year master thesis, or approach a new subject with relevance for caring science directed to mental health care. The objectives of this, as well as of the courses in research design and method, are for you to gain an in-depth scientific perspective in the area of mental health care.
Employment and Future Prospects
Scandinavian students only. Apply by April 18th 2017.