Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. 1 in 10 children have some chronic respiratory condition of which asthma is the most common. Despite the commonness of respiratory disorders, the presence of good evidenced-based guidelines care and outcomes vary widely. Provision of care is even more varied for rarer conditions and where there have been recent important advances in technology. There is a pressing need to facilitate training in primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure that children achieve the best possible health outcomes.
This course allows students to learn how to provide optimum care for children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases. Each of the four modules has been designed to complement clinical experience and accelerate learning and professional development. The modules tackle asthma and allergy, cystic fibrosis, infection and immunity and non-invasive ventilation and sleep. Taken in combination they cover the breadth of knowledge required to deliver secondary care services for children and they complement the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Special Interest module in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. Delivered by an experienced local faculty with an enthusiasm for teaching and national and international reputation for paediatric respiratory medicine this course offers a combination of self-directed, interactive and practical learning.
The aim of the course is to help clinicians in primary and secondary care settings to develop their knowledge base, enhance their skills and motivate and empower them to act as effective leaders in the delivery of respiratory healthcare for children.
This course recognises that clinicians require a combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of optimal healthcare for children. Whilst completion of all four modules will be particularly helpful to secondary care paediatricians with a stated special interest in paediatric respiratory medicine individual modules are likely to be of particular interest to those working in specific environments. For instance, doctors and nurses working in primary care are likely to find the module on asthma and allergy particularly helpful. Similarly, the module on non-invasive ventilation and sleep may be particularly valuable to clinicians working on high dependency units or those who support community teams who look after technology-dependent children.
Each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from or to other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable. Undertaking all four currently available modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in Medical Science. Individuals who wish to proceed to higher degrees may choose to undertake further credits as part of other Masters programmes.
(The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years. It will be possible to complete a Masters Degree in Medical Science in two years.)
It is not necessary to carry out a piece of original research to complete the award. The final 60 credits can be for a practice-based project, a teaching project such as robust evaluation of a programme you might be running, or it may be possible to accumulate credits from independent studies or a reflective portfolio. Individual programmes will be constructed for you at this stage through negotiation with the award leader.
This is a modular part-time programme, designed to meet the needs of full-time health professionals, able to take study leave in short blocks (2-days face-to-face teaching for each module) and augmented by background reading and independent study. The modules are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, usually repeated annually, and students can join the programme at any stage. It is possible to complete the PG Certificate within one year, though up to three years are allowed.
Most teaching is based on interactive small group methods, interspersed with practical tasks and supplemented with background reading and materials developed by the course faculty. A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays skills and completion of a portfolio.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.
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Allergy affects around one fifth of the world’s population. With allergic diseases and asthma on the rise, the complexity and severity of these conditions is also increasing. Children and young adults are particularly affected and are bearing the greatest burden of these trends. Yet allergy, even as it relates to asthma, is often trivialised and clinical services to help patients with such diseases are often either non-existent or limited and lacking in cost-effective solutions.
Why study MSc Allergy?
Our MSc Allergy programme is designed to help healthcare professionals to gain a greater understanding of allergic diseases and to be able to translate this knowledge into their everyday practice. Offered by a World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence, our programme draws on the clinical, research and education strengths at Southampton, and will help you develop better treatment for patients. Our programme will bring you up to date with current best practice, allowing you to improve management of patients with allergies. It will also give you the skills to share your allergy knowledge with colleagues and patients.
What does our MSc provide?
You will be enabled to support adults, children and young people more effectively; develop and improve your healthcare provision through passing on expertise; and develop scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking qualities.
Who should study?
The multi-disciplinary nature of our programme means that it is suitable for GPs, hospital based doctors, nurses, dietitians and scientists involved with both adult and paediatric patients.
Our part-time (2-5 years) and full-time (1 year) modular Masters programme provides the flexibility to study alongside other commitments. Typically modules are offered in blocks of three to five days to cater students living outside the area and internationally. The programme also accommodates a ‘step on step off’ structure allowing you single modules (see module tab for full details), the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Allergy as well as the full MSc.
We provide an integrated programme for both adult and paediatric disease with a balanced clinical and scientific curriculum. The programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease and offers practical training in methods used to diagnose them. Our course is supported by internationally renowned specialists, and we provide a high level of support, be it hospital based or distance learning. Our interprofessional approach enables students from different disciplines and professions to interact and learn from each other and will teach you how to build and work successfully in allergy teams.
This postgraduate programme is designed to help you treat your patients better; we provide health care professionals with effective education and training in the mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic disease. Our course will enable you to manage both adults and children with allergy more effectively.
Through the knowledge and understanding you will gain with us, you will also be able to develop and improve your health care provision, through your ability to cascade education to your colleagues, and adult and paediatric patients and their families.
Course content can be tailored to best meet individual career aspirations and organisational needs, allowing you to plan your specific programme route at the start of your studies with us, and providing an opportunity to gain important skills for meeting current best practice guidelines.
Our core modules are the Foundations of Allergic Disease, Clinical Research Skills and a Dissertation. We also offer three specialist allergy modules (i) Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis, (ii) Food Allergy, (iii) Allergic Airways Disease, the Work Based Learning module where you will translate your new knowledge into practice and the Teaching the Teachers to Teach module where you will gain skills for teaching or training students, collegaues and peers. Other modules from around the University, In addition to the allergy modules on offer, students are also able to take a module from around the University (please visit the Modules tab for details).
All MSc students receive training in research skills and statistics in preparation for their dissertation in the form of our core Clinical Research Skills module.
To help you develop the required skills you will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, discussions, practical’s, problem-solving activities and formal lectures. You will also be able to access our unique online educational and multimedia learning resources.
Our teaching methods also help enhance your written and oral presentation skills, giving you the opportunity to develop your transferable skills.
Each of our modules involves discussion of key issues; practice in applying concepts, both orally and in writing, including analysis and interpretation of material; and feedback on work produced.
By studying this programme you will:
This programme equips you to work in the field of Sport Science and provides the opportunity to gain real-life experience with athletes. Graduates become experienced Sports Scientists able to work effectively in academia or professional sport.
and find out more at the Sports Science website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/sportsciences/postgraduate/
This programme advances your specialist knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning optimal performance in sport and exercise and provides opportunities to develop professional skills, including monitoring, analysing, evaluating and prescribing interventions for the optimisation of performance. Drawing on the expertise of Kent’s staff, many of whom are at the forefront of their fields, you have the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world context by working with athletes.
The programme is designed to develop the professional and academic skills of graduate sport scientists. Health and sport professionals who want to take modules on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development are welcome to contact us.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year:
- Dissertation (60 credits)
- Assessment and Training for Optimal Performance (20 credits)
- Research Methods (40 credits)
- Contemporary Perspectives in Sport Research (20 credits)
- Psychology for Injury and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
- Sport and Exercise Nutrition for the High Performance Athlete (20 credits)
- Applied Athlete Support (20 credits)
Assessment is typically by coursework and the final dissertation research project.
The programme has been developed and designed to provide the required knowledge and skills for you to work autonomously in the field of sport science. Importantly, there are significant opportunities for you to gain real-life experience of working with athletes; both as part of the programme and also through the School’s work with professional teams and elite athletes. Many of our graduates have gone on to further study such as a PhD, work in high level professional sport or as applied sports scientists.
- Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/
Our staff regularly publish world-leading research, giving you the chance to study with some of the most influential researchers in this field. We have worked with organisations such as the Medway Community health care, Asthma UK, SmartLife inc and Sport England. Our areas of research are wide ranging, including sports training, performance, fatigue, nutrition, hamstring injuries, sport psychology, cardiac rehabilitation.
First-class sports facilities and State-of-the-art equipment
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has excellent purpose-built facilities. For exercise testing, the School has everything you would expect and more, including state-of-the-art treadmills, cycle and rowing ergometers, an isokinetic dynamometer, brain and muscle stimulators, and blood testing and gas analysis equipment, sport and exercise science laboratories, teaching and student clinics, multiple physiology laboratories, a biomechanics laboratory which is equipped with 3D motion capture cameras and force plates, two large therapy clinics and two rehabilitation gyms, a psychobiology laboratory and a respiratory clinic. We were the first university in the UK to install an anti-gravity treadmill in our rehabilitation gym. Using NASA technology, this treadmill is a valuable resource for professional athletes as they look to speed up their return to fitness. Within our neuromuscular laboratory, we have equipment for transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation and peripheral muscle and nerve stimulation. These devices allow us to manipulate and test areas of the muscle and brain before and during exercise. Only a handful of universities in the UK have access to such state-of-the-art equipment.
We have a heat and altitude environmental chamber that can create various environmental conditions to stimulate the most extreme conditions found around the world.
The facilities at Medway Park were specified to the highest standards in order to support athletes at pre-Olympic training camps and to enable world-leading research.
Excellent study resources
The general resources on campus are first class. The well-stocked Drill Hall Library has:
· around 130,000 items including books, journals, CDs and DVDs
· online resources and journal subscriptions
· more than 400 student PCs and laptops
· free high-speed internet access
· zoned areas for group work; quiet study; and silent study
· The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently increased its library resources by investing an extra £50,000 in new books.
Our award-winning Medway campus near Chatham Historic Dockyard was built at the start of the 20th century. You can get advice, study, socialise, or grab a bite to eat at our newly-refurbished Student Hub, or meet friends for a drink or food at a range of cafes and restaurants across campus.
Five minutes’ walk from campus, the Dockside retail outlet offers a wide range of shops and restaurants. Nearby is the town of Rochester with its historic castle and stunning cathedral, which is one of the venues for Kent’s degree congregations.
The Medway campus is quick and easy to reach from central London. Travel to London from the nearby stations of Gillingham and Chatham takes about 45 minutes.
We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/
If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html
The Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) is a professional masters degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career. It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria). The MNSc recognises the nature of contemporary health care delivery in light of the impact of rapidly changing medical and information technologies, consumer demand and government economic and health policies. It offers graduates a higher level degree with enhanced learning outcomes while meeting the requirements for nursing registration.
We have developed the MNSc around four interrelated themes:
Our curriculum emphasises significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.
We take a research-oriented approach to practice. This approach encourages systematic development of clinical skills using evidence-based learning, an understanding of the close links between theory and practice, and the ability to undertake self-directed life-long learning.
Our teaching is based on up-to-date research which allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your practice to ensure best practice and best patient outcomes. In the final semester, following your theoretical and clinical preparation, you will undertake a specialist elective subject in an area of interest to you and a capstone practice subject to consolidate your theoretical and practical knowledge.
At the completion of the Master of Nursing Science graduates are expected to: