University Masters Degree Programs
Candidates are required to complete an approved university Masters degree study program to provide the theoretical underpinning to the experiential components of the Fellowship Training Program in medical administration.
It is not a requirement to have this Masters degree completed before commencing as a Candidate. The study may be undertaken and completed during candidacy.
When a doctor makes application to be a Candidate with RACMA, their formal academic study requirements will be assessed by the Credentialling Committee. There is an opportunity to have relevant previous studies recognised in full or in part. Sometimes Candidates are required to do single units in specific university subjects to meet the requirements of the College's training program.
Master of Business Administration programs are increasingly offered by most Australian universities however without specific health services study units this program may not satisfy College requirements. It is essential to meet the College's core subject requirements. The core subject areas which RACMA requires in the Candidate's Masters study program are:
These subjects should be studied in the Australian and/or New Zealand health care context.
- Health Law and Ethics
- Health Economics
- Health Care Systems
- Financial Management in Health
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Research Methodology
Most university Masters programs are available in off-campus mode and this suits some Candidates. You will need to discuss modes of delivery as well as assessment expectations directly with the university. Some universities will recognise particular units studied at another university, up to a set percentage of their own program requirements. You may be eligible for recognition of prior study towards your course.
Graduate Diploma courses do not satisfy the College requirements for Fellowship. In some instances universities may give credit for subjects completed at Graduate Diploma level towards a Masters degree. Any Candidate who has completed a Graduate Diploma would need to discuss this matter with the relevant university and confirm the suitability of their planned study program with the College.
Candidates are required to make their own arrangements to enrol in an approved course of study and are strongly urged to contact their preferred tertiary institution at least six months prior to their expected commencement date to obtain advice on enrolment procedures. Higher education fees for Masters programs may be levied by the university in which you enrol. These fees can vary. It is the Candidate's own choice about the level of fees they pay - this is not a College choice.
If you advise RACMA that you are undertaking a specific Masters program and you decide to change programs for any reason, it is important to discuss these changes with the College first. This will ensure that you do not have to undertake additional gap training activities before sitting your Oral Examination. You must seek an acknowledgement of change of program from the RACMA National Office to confirm that your current Training Plan is still relevant.
View the Regulation entitled Masters Component of Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum Framework for further information.
RACMA offers commencing Candidates an opportunity to select their Masters degree from one of the universities below. UNSW offers a research project extension to the masters degree. Application/notice can be provided to the College for agreement to seek future credit in the College Research Training Program (see RTP Handbook) where the Candidate can demonstrate they have met the research paper requirements by completion of the UNSW extension program.
Listed below are the courses known at the time to meet the RACMA core subject requirements. As courses are continually evolving, it is important to check with the university in the first instance and then to confer with the College to ensure that the Masters program you choose meets the RACMA Curriculum requirements.
R Masters program that has the research project extension through a university program recognised by RACMA.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 09:03