An Investigation into Experiences of Non-Graduates on Health Related Masters Courses

By Gail Louw, Carmel Keller and David Alan Baker.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The research reported here is a study into the experiences of non-graduates attending a range of health related Masters courses in the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine at Brighton & Sussex Medical School. Staff who teach on this programme are aware that they recruit students to the courses who do not have degrees but who then study with those who do. For example, there are some nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health visitors, and public health professionals who may not have degrees. The researchers are interested in the experiences of these non-graduates on the programme, their learning and how they cope with the mixed intake. There is little evidence of similar research in the literature in this field. In this presentation, the researchers report on a qualitative study of the experiences of non-graduates, the problems they experience and the ways that they cope with the demands of a Masters course. Areas investigated are the non-graduates’ use of, and engagement with, academic practices. Through focus groups and one-to-one interviews, with a number of diverse current and past students, they have considered students’ accounts of their feelings, practices and experiences of reading and writing academic and professional literature, their interactions with staff and peers, the development of their critical thinking, and their oral contributions to the programme.

Keywords: Masters Study, Non Graduate, Experiences

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.474KB).

Dr. Gail Louw

Principal Lecturer, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, Falmer, Brighton, UK

I am interested in the field of research methods and critical appraisal, and evidence based practice. Current research is in evaluating links between developing and developed countries in health and higher education sectors.

Carmel Keller

Principal Lecturer, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, Falmer, Brighton, UK

I enjoy and engage actively in evidence based practice as well as practical and academic aspects of research methods. I also have a keen interest in project management and research governance. My PhD will be in the field of postgraduate medical education.

David Alan Baker

Reader in Adult Numeracy and post 16 Maths, Life Long Education and International Development, University of London, UK


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