The course offers a varied and flexible programme of practical and academic study. Students complete a personalised award in which they self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice, like the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice.
There is provision for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), depending upon the choice of study route followed, and a flexible framework offering interim awards (postgraduate certificates and diplomas) as well as a full MSc. All routes include compulsory research modules.
Compulsory core modules
Research methods (15 credits) Dissertation research project or work-based project or systematic review (60 credits)
You may choose to complete a traditional research project, work-based project or a systematic review for your dissertation. This offers flexibility and allows you to undertake a dissertation which will have meaning and relevance to your particular professional circumstances.
All named pathways include at least one specialist compulsory module. Most also include self-selected option modules:
Acute Medicine Advanced Practice Cardiac Care Child Health Community and Integrated Care Intensive Care Midwifery Psychosocial Interventions
Most modules are available on a free-standing basis. You may choose further option modules from the full range of postgraduate courses offered by Kingston and St George’s. This allows you to build a personalised programme of study to meet your specific development needs.
I'm a health visitor in south London, working in early intervention, assessment, prevention and health promotion for children and their families.
I'm currently around halfway through the two year part-time MSc in Maternal and Child Health: Socio-Cultural Perspectives. The course is being funded by my employer as part of my continuing professional development. I come into university one day a week and work four days.
The MSc really appealed to me because of its global coverage - I'm very interested in gaining an international perspective of maternal and child health. I wanted to look at the care of families with your children internationally, compare the epidemiology of disease across the globe and explore different preventative health measures and interventions. I was also interested in looking at the various organisations across the world involved in caring for children and families, and exploring the range of policies around the care of children.
I'm also working on a research project. to identify and implement measures to improve my team's performance against target. Health visitor have targets to visit all families with new babies within a specified number of days after the birth. At the moment we're not quite meeting those targets, so I'm looking at how we can achieve 100% in future. We have quite a large team with various people in different roles, and what I'm exploring is how we might broaden each person's set of skills so the team can be more flexible and responsive.
The course has really helped my awareness of why things sometimes don't work and why people resist change. I've learned that there are ways of managing change that help people get involved so that they come together and begin to own the process. Even if you're just doing a pilot projects, this is really important.
I'm now feeling really confident about my project and am looking forward to rolling it out and meeting our targets in future.
Honours degree 2.2 or above in a recognised health-related subject (or an equivalent overseas qualification); Recognised health-related professional qualification and evidence of current valid professional registration (e.g. PIN number); Normally one year post-qualifying practice experience and working in an area of healthcare practice when you apply; Personal statement outlining reasons for applying; Two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference. The second should be a reference from your current employer dated within the last year (from date of application). For non standard entry please see the website.
Recipient: Kingston University
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