Master’s studies in nursing science
Master’s studies in nursing science is a unique curriculum in Estonia, which prepares students for working as a leader in the health care system and as teaching staff of health sciences in the educational system. The organisation of the studies supports students working full-time.
The amount of credits for the curriculum is 120 ECTS. Subjects are divided into specialised subjects (58 ECTS) and basic subjects (33 ECTS). In addition, the student must pass 4 ECTS of extracurricular optional subjects. The studies are completed by defending a Master’s thesis (25 ECTS).
The module of specialised subjects is centred around practical training, and offers the knowledge and skills needed for successful management and teaching. The module ends with practical training conducted in higher education institutions for health care, larger hospitals and state authorities managing the health care system.
- The subjects on nursing pedagogics introduce the specifics of nursing education in the context of the general organisation of the educational system, as well as the basics of studying and teaching. Students learn how to conduct teaching sessions from planning to grading. For example, they acquire skills for preparing a subject syllabus, lesson plan model and teaching materials, and for giving and asking for feedback.
- The subjects on nursing management introduce organisational and management theories, and the implementation of the planning and supervision models of nursing care. Students acquire skills for applying personnel management principles and for making lawful decisions in employment relationships. They learn how to analyse medical legal problems and solve communication problems encountered in an institution. The subjects also cover quality management, funding of health care services and project-based development work.
The module of basic subjects supplies knowledge on the philosophical problems of nursing, the development of information related to nursing science and the effect of this information on nursing practice. Students learn to conduct practical research for developing evidence-based health care services and the training of health care specialists.