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Why choose an integrated masters?

Elizabeth Hancock, Head of the School of Health Sciences at Robert Gordon University, explains the Integrated Masters and the associated benefits.

What is an Integrated Master's Degree?

An integrated Master's degree (sometimes referred to as an enhanced undergraduate degree) is a four year programme which combines both undergraduate and postgraduate level of study, into one streamlined course. This option allows students to take specialised modules and provides advanced experience to prepare graduates for careers or research in their chosen field.

Why should I study the Integrated Masters programmes?

The integrated masters is designed to enhance the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in leadership, service improvement, research and public health. These Masters courses are enhancements of well-established programmes and are approved by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), College of Radiographers (COR), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). The courses are also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

By studying an integrated masters do I get more hours in practice?

Students have a minimum number of hours to undertake in practice which is stipulated by the professional bodies. RGU recognises the value of practical experience and students will undertake more than the minimum amount required.

Will this degree provide experience of working alongside other health professionals?

Yes. There are shared learning opportunities across the four professions throughout all Stages of study. The Inter-professional Learning (IPL) programme in Aberdeen is well established and engages ten professions, including medical students from the University of Aberdeen Medical School. The programme includes large multi-professional events, simulation in practice and a variety of masterclasses.

What award will my degree certificate state upon successful completion?

The final award is Master of Dietetics, Master of Diagnostic Radiography, Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Physiotherapy. The BSc (Hons) award will only be used if a student does not meet the standard required for Masters.

Do I need to submit a dissertation (research based) up to master level for my integrated master course?

Yes. The research project is assessed through submission of a dissertation.

What is the Integrated Master's course load like in comparison to a standalone BSc (Hons)?

Students undertake 150 credits per year rather than 120 credits per year. However, the modules have been designed to facilitate and enhance learning and not to overload students.

Commence in September or January - subject to capacity

Foundation leading to year 1:

Master of Physiotherapy (ranked 1st in the UK*)

Master of Occupational Therapy (ranked 1st in Scotland+)

Master of Diagnostic Radiography (ranked 4th in the UK*)

Master of Dietetics (ranked 3rd in the UK*)

*The Times, 2018

+Guardian 2018