Advancing Professional Practice (Nursing)
- Mode of study
- Part time
- Start date
- Duration of Study
- 3-5 years
- Subject Area
- FEES (2021/22 academic year)
- UK - PT £3,000
This exciting, contemporary programme focuses on higher academic study underpinning a higher level of professional practice in healthcare. It is designed to provide the health and social care practitioner a stimulating and rigorous analysis of health care practice. It will have an interdisciplinary and interprofessional focus and aim to prepare practitioners to lead and manage change in a global health care environment.
About the course
The course combines conceptual, theoretical and practical work-based learning approaches to the study of health and social care practice and provide the opportunity for you to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level. You will be able to map out a series of learning outcomes based on learning opportunities available in the workplace which represents an exploration of work focused and work-related issues complemented by taught modules. The MSc is grounded in professional practice and will offer the opportunity to create and interpret new knowledge through research and advanced scholarship.
There are a number of routes available:
- Heart Failure
- Critical Care Practice
- Ethics and Law
- Ethics and Pallative Care
- Child Care Law
Broad educational aims of the programme are to:
- Demonstrate the capacity for critical enquiry, analysis, and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care.
- Demonstrate effective self-management and leadership skills to effect change in health and social care.
- Engage within a work-based learning programme consolidating and extending theoretical knowledge and practice skills relevant to their own discipline, facilitating academic and professional development to enhance the delivery of quality care.
- Promote and enhance their skills in critical reflection, evaluation, professional decision making and leadership to inform best practice.
- Promote effective collaboration, interdisciplinary and interagency working practices
- Engage with work-based learning to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practice; establish and lead projects in their practice setting.
This programme will be delivered on a modular basis, normally completed within 5 years or on a part-time basis, normally completed over 3 years.
The list of modules below are offered in the 2018/19 academic year. We expect to offer the same modules in the future but this may change due to staff availability. If the modules change we will inform you during the admissions process.
Year 1 Modules
Year 2 Modules
- 60 credits of electives from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Modules
- 60 credits educationally focused electives from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Modules
- 60 credits management focused electives from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Modules
Neonatal Practice route
- NUR-40074 Foundations of Neonatal Nursing
- NUR-40075 Practice-focused Neonatal Intensive Care
- 15-credit appropriate elective
- NUR-40036 Advanced Practice in Computed Tomographic Colonography OR other radiology-based modules
Heart Failure Practice
- NUR-40083 Heart Failure Management in Clinical Practice (replaces Module 1)
- NUR-40047 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives
- NUR-40014 Health Assessment in Clinical Practice
Critical Care Practice
- NUR-40045 Critical Care Practice
- NUR-30163 Clinical Practice
- 15-credit appropriate elective
How the course is taught
Lead lectures and specific workshops during the modules, will enable you to review your learning and share ideas; a range of key small group learning and teaching methods will be used to support work-based learning activities and develop your Portfolio. The University’s virtual learning environment will be used to facilitate on-line discussions, ‘blogs’, e-learning, conditional release tasks and access to a wide range of web-based learning resources and research tools.
How you'll be assessed
Each module on the programme is formally assessed. A range of assessments [summative and formative] will be used in the programme, such as written assignments, learning logs, reflective accounts, Programme Agreement Plans, practice reports, problem-solving exercises and oral/poster/video presentations. Regular ‘compiling’ of evidence of experiences and reflecting on what has actually been achieved, will be part of the learning process to diagnose strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for ‘new learning.’ Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking. The pass mark is 50% for all elements of assessment.
Academic entry requirements
The programme is designed for experienced health and social care professionals, involved in leading and developing contemporary professional practice. All students who have applied and meet the entry requirements will be invited to an interview with the Programme Lead.
Potential/prospective students will normally:
Normally hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Ordinarily be working in clinical practice. Some potential/prospective students may be managers, educators or researchers within a healthcare setting.
May hold an undergraduate second-class honours degree or higher in a related subject with minimum of two years’ experience in professional practice.
Practitioners with extensive practice experience and no formal undergraduate degree will be considered for entry on the basis of evidence presented within their professional portfolio and discussion at interview.
English Language Entry Requirement for International Students
This programme is available to international students working in the UK. As an international student, you should have appropriate professional registration and meet the following NMC IELTS criteria.
Fees and scholarships
Fees (2021/22 academic year)
UK/EU students PT £3,000 per year
Part-time (3-5 years) cost £2,600 per year (Student Loan available but restrictions apply - contact us for further information)
The School of Nursing and Midwifery utilises modern teaching facilities, including skills labs and the anatomy suite where appropriate, to enhance and support the student learning experience. All facilities are equipped with computers, internet access and projection equipment. Rooms are designed to be flexible and can be used for larger groups, also more informally for small groups working together.
The learning resources available to students on the programme include:
- An extensive collection of materials relevant to postgraduate study held in both the main University Library on Keele campus, and in the Health Library on the campus of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. A number of relevant journals are also accessible online to all registered students, and are accessible from anywhere in the world with a University username and password.
- The Keele Learning Environment (KLE) provides easy access to a wide range of learning resources including lecture notes and presentations, discussion boards and blogs enabling students and tutors to discuss topics, all information about the programme and all modules, and other materials designed specifically for particular modules.
- Computers for student use are situated in both the Main Library, also in the Health Library.