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MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
Location: 
Ipswich
Institution code: 
S82
Duration: 

Part-time: A maximum of five years. 

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

This programme of study has been designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of health and social care professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals and those working in the field of social care practice.

Students will be supported to develop a critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of their professional practice. Students will examine care development and delivery from their own professional standpoint and also take account of how other disciplines challenge and contribute to the quality of care delivery

This MSc programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.  

The Department of Health Studies is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting. 

View the full NHS England Constitution and Values

Course modules

The MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice Programme will require completion of the mandatory modules Principles of Advanced Healthcare Practice, Holistic Assessment of Adults in Specific Practice Settings, Applied Pathophysiology for Healthcare Practitioners, Independent and Supplementary Non Medical Prescribing (or an optional module if the Prescribing module has already been completed), Research Methods and the PG Dissertation module.

Principle of Advanced Healthcare Practice

This module is the first module for the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice for both the Nurse Practitioner and the Allied Healthcare Professionals pathways and includes both materials to support the student transition from Honours to Masters level study, and the principles around advanced clinical practice.

Holistic Assessment of Adults in Specific Practice Settings

This module is aimed at providing the student with an opportunity to demonstrate motivation and commitment to the development of the holistic assessment processes of adult patients/clients in a specific practice setting.

Applied Pathophysiology for Healthcare Practitioners

This module is aimed at providing the student with an opportunity to apply in-depth knowledge of the biological sciences to influence and enhance care of the client group.

Independent and Supplementary Non Medical Prescribing

The supporting legislative framework enables practitioners, who meet the entry requirements, to undertake independent and/or supplementary prescribing. On successful completion of the course practitioners will have their prescribing qualification recorded with the appropriate professional regulator.

Research Methods (20 Credits)

The research module is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the PGCert. This module explores research approaches, designs and methodologies, thus enabling the student to develop their investigative and analytical skills.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The Dissertation module is mandatory for the MSc pathway and will enable students to conduct an independent research activity or a literature-based analytical exploration of a relevant subject area.

Optional Modules

Where an optional module can be chosen, you may select from a range of 20 credit modules delivered at level 7. Modules can be identified from the Continuing Professional Development calendar of modules available on the university website and will depend on their availability each academic year.  However, students will also be able to select modules offered within other MA/MSc programmes delivered at the University of Suffolk with the prior agreement of the programme leaders.

Please contact the Course Leader to discuss optional modules: m.ranson@uos.ac.uk

 

Fees and finance

Part-time Tuition Fee: £825 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)

For students who are employed by a trust or organisation with HEEoE funding they should contact their Education Lead directly to request permission to study and funding.

 

Further Information

Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • An honours degree normally at 2:2 or above;
  • A professional qualification in health or social care;
  • Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year;

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Staff

Career Overview Mark has worked in as variety of healthcare settings since beginning a career in nursing in 1984. Whilst initially Mark's nursing practice was within acute medical areas covering a range of specialities and conditions, he subsequently moved into more specialised are...

Career Overview Donna has worked within the National Health Service since March 2000. Post qualification as a nurse, her Career pathway included posts on surgical wards, followed by a wide range of Intensive Care Units. Before joining the University of Suffolk as a Lecturer, Donna's...

Dawn trained as a Registered General Nurse (Adult) at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Following registration, Dawn completed a DipHe in Nursing Practice, gaining academic credits and ENB recognition for Diabetes Nursing and Tissue Viability. Whilst working full-...

Sue Blainey is programme leader for the Non-medical prescribing programme. Her professional background is nursing and she combines her current post within the Univeristy of Suffolk with a clinical role in primary care as a Nurse Practitioner fully utilising her own prescribing qual...

Office: Academic Staff Office, 2nd Floor, Waterfront Building Teaching and Other Responsibilities Nickey's main areas of interest centre around supporting practice learning and development of clinical competence from foundation degrees, pre-registration programmes to community speci...

Lois is a Senior Lecturer in the Community Team (Post Registration Studies and Social Work) which is part of the Department of Health Studies. Lois is registered as an RGN, with additional qualifications in District Nursing, Health Visiting and health and social care education. She ...