M.Sc. Health and Welfare

Malardalen University

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,440 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This programme will prepare you for a challenging and successful career in the health, care and welfare sector. You will get a profound knowledge of, as well as skills in, Caring Science with specialization in Nursing, Public Health, Health Care Education and Leadership. This will benefit your future in the growing international health care sector.

The Programme
The Masters programme offers two orientations to choose from which will lead to the degree of Master of Science in Public Health Science, or a Master of Science in Caring Science with Specialization in Nursing.

You will study individually, discuss the course content in seminars and also work in groups with other students. You will develop your ability to exchange, critically approach and appraise knowledge and research at a scientific level.
Studies in qualitative and quantitative methods will enhance your ability to comprehend and make use of research results. Through completing your degree project, you will develop your ability to apply a research process in practice.

You will develop your understanding of the theoretical and practical pedagogical principles that prevail in the field of nursing and public health education. The aim is for students to gain a broad understanding of the evolution in the educational field and together examine the challenges for health care educators in times of globalisation. The courses are also designed to increase students team-working and leadership skills in health care education.


This Masters offers two orientations;

* one with the main subject Caring Science with Specialization in Nursing
* one with the main subject Public Health Sciences,

both of which qualify students for doctoral studies. You choose one of these orientations once you have started the programme.

Public Health Sciences

The tackling of social and gender-related inequality in health is one of the key issues for the sustainable development of health and welfare. Therefore, differences in health due to gender and social position, as well as concepts and principles for tackling such inequalities, will be discussed. The implementation of measures that promote health at a local level and the interface between decision-making and implementation are crucial for understanding empowered health and welfare. The courses will offer insights in modern research work in each field. Specific settings for health work, e.g. schools and health care of children, women and the elderly will be in focus. Comparative studies between Sweden and your native country will be encouraged in the individual tasks included in the courses.

Caring Science with Specialization in Nursing

Caring is fundamental for people´s growth and health. Caring Science is a discipline that focuses on caring related to health and suffering. Theories developed in Caring Science can be applied by different professions, while in this course the focus is on nursing.
The aim is for students to acquire advanced knowledge of epistemological, philosophical, theoretical, and methodological premises in Caring Science and Nursing, and learn how to critically approach and appraise scientific knowledge. This is a competence that is necessary for further developing evidence-based nursing, nursing education and research.

Employment and Future Prospects
Your future work can for example be health manager or university lecturer. The knowledge acquired through this programme will improve your current work in the growing international health care sector. Students in caring science will gain the prerequisites to develop and perform evidence-based nursing in clinical settings and in nursing education.

A profound knowledge of public health will also be a key component in all future careers involving the promotion of health and well-being, nationally and internationally. Students with a Master of Science (one year) in Caring Science with Specialization in Nursing or Public Health Science are qualified to apply for doctoral studies in Sweden.


A completed bachelors degree from an institution of higher education of trhee years or more, equivalent to 180 credits within the fields of public health, caring, nursing or medical science. A TOEFL test result, minimum score 575 with a TWE score of at least 4.5 (PBT) or 90 with a TWE score of at least 20 (iBT) or an IELTS test result with an overall band score of minimum 6.5 and no band score below 5.5 or equivalent is required.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



Mälardalen University scholarship of excellence
Mälardalen University (MDH) is offering our international students with top academic results from MDH, to apply for a scholarship to cover the entire tuition fee for their continued studies at MDH for the next academic year, 2013/2014.
The scholarship is granted on the basis of previous academic performance at MDH.

The following criteria must be met:

* Registered as a full time student on a program at MDH
* Planning to continue already started studies at MDH
* Be a citizen of a country outside of the European Union/European Economic Area, including Switzerland
* Be required to pay tuition fees

The Mälardalen University scholarship of excellence is not open for students from the following 12 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarship will not be paid directly to the student. Instead it will directly reduce the tuition fee for the next academic year, 2013/2014.
Only one scholarship is available.
The receiver of the scholarship is expected to participate in different activities organised by the university.

How to apply

* By filling in the Application form (pdf 103 kB)
* Write a motivation letter on why you should receive this scholarship (except of financial reasons)
* Attach your cv with the application
* Attach your transcript from MDH with the application

Scan your documents and send your application together with your supporting documents no later than May 15, 2013 to mima@mdh.se

Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
The Swedish Institute administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university.

Swedish Institute scholarships for students applying to programs in Sweden are mainly for masters level studies or advanced studies/research.
There are several different kinds of Swedish Institute scholarships available.

For further information about scholarship opportunities offered by the Swedish Institute and other organizations, please visit the home page Study in Sweden

Mälardalen University scholarship program
Mälardalen University offers a limited numbers of scholarships to students that have applied to us as their first or second choice.
The scholarship is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees.
The scholarship is NOT open for students from the twelve countries which Sweden has long-term development cooperation (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Students from these countries should instead apply for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship (
The scholarship will cover 100% of the tuition fee of the program as long as you follow the normal study plan (minimum 22,5 credits/semester, minimum 45 credits/academic year).
If you change your student status (from being a fee-paying student to a non-paying student) during the study period of the program you will no longer be granted the scholarship.
Only students admitted to Mälardalen Universitey will be granted the scholarship.
The scholarship does not cover living expenses.

How to apply (the application period is closed)

1. You apply for the scholarship by filling in the form.
2. Write your cv (max 1 page) and save it as a pdf with your name and send it to us with your name in the subject line. Only documents in pdf-format will be considered. The document should be sent to mima@mdh.se.

The last day to apply was March 1, 2013. Students who are awarded a scholarship will be notified by e-mail in the end of March.

We do not accept late applications.

If you need more information you are welcome to contact mima@mdh.se.

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