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


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