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The course will provide a robust and wide-reaching education in fundamental and applied cancer biology, and focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology. Read more
The course will provide a robust and wide-reaching education in fundamental and applied cancer biology, and focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology.

Why study Cancer Biology at Dundee?

The MRes Cancer Biology is a research-centred taught Masters programme providing a focused training in molecular cancer research. It covers both the fundamental and translational science of carcinogenesis, cancer biology, diagnosis and therapy.

The programme delivers outstanding research-focused teaching from internationally-renowned scientists and clinicians.

Dundee University is internationally renowned for the quality of its cancer research and has over 50 cancer research groups: current funding for cancer research is about £40 million from research councils and charities. In 2009 the university became the first Scottish university to be awarded Cancer Centre status by the CRUK.

What's so good about studying Cancer Biology at Dundee?

The MRes Cancer Biology has been developed from the innovative collaboration between the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Life Sciences, and it complements the establishment of the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Centre here in Dundee.

The Dundee Cancer Centre aims to enhance cancer research and apply discoveries to improve patient care. Key to this is training the next generation of cancer researchers.

Areas of particular strength at the University of Dundee are in surgical oncology for breast and colon cancer, radiation biology and clinical oncology, skin cancer and pharmacogenomics. Areas of strength in basic cancer biology are DNA replication, chromosome biology and the cell cycle, cell signalling and targets for drug discovery.

Teaching and Assessment

This course is taught by staff based in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Life Sciences.

The MRes will be taught full-time over one year (September to August).

How you will be taught

The course will be taught through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials, discussion group work and journal clubs, self-directed study and supervised laboratory research.

What you will study

The MRes degree course is taught full-time over three semesters.

The first semester provides in-depth teaching and directed study on the molecular biology of cancer, and covers:

Basic cell and molecular biology, and introduction to cancer biology
Cell proliferation, cell signalling and cancer
Cancer cell biology
Carcinogenesis, cancer treatment and prevention
Specific training in research methodology and critical analysis

Students will also be required to take part in a journal club to further develop their critical review skills.

In semesters two and three students will be individually guided to focus on a specific cancer research topic which will be the subject of a literature review and associated laboratory research project. The research project is based in laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities, and under the leadership of world-class researchers.

How you will be assessed

Exams on the taught element of the programme will be held at the end of semester one. Essays and assignments will also contribute to the final mark, and the dissertation will be assessed through the production of a thesis and a viva exam.

Places on the course are limited, so early applications are strongly encouraged.
Apply early to avoid disappointment.
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This is the only MRes programme in the UK with a specific focus on oral cancer. It provides a robust and wide-reaching education in both fundamental and applied cancer biology, together with focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology. Read more
This is the only MRes programme in the UK with a specific focus on oral cancer. It provides a robust and wide-reaching education in both fundamental and applied cancer biology, together with focused training in laboratory research and associated methodology. There is a particular focus on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management.

Why study Oral Cancer at Dundee?

Dundee University is internationally renowned for the quality of its cancer research and has over 50 cancer research groups: current funding for cancer research is about £40 million from research councils and charities.

This course offers a Masters level postgraduate education in the knowledge and understanding of molecular aspects of cancer with a particular emphasis on oral cancer, its aetiology, diagnosis and management. We offer outstanding research-focused teaching from internationally-renowned scientists and clinicians.

The MRes Oral Cancer will also provide you with considerable experience in the design and execution of a substantive laboratory-focused research project in the field of molecular oncology.

Throughout the course, you can also take part in journal clubs to develop your critical analytical skills. In addition, you will be given comprehensive training in academic writing and presentation skills.

What's so good about studying Oral Cancer at Dundee?

The MRes Oral Cancer has been developed from the innovative collaboration between the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Life Sciences, and it complements the establishment of the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Centre here in Dundee.

The Dundee Cancer Centre aims to enhance cancer research and apply discoveries to improve patient care. Key to this is training the next generation of cancer researchers.

How you will be taught

The course will be taught through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials, discussion group work and journal clubs, self-directed study and supervised laboratory research.

What you will study

Semester one will provide in-depth teaching and directed study on the molecular biology of cancer, with a particular emphasis on oral cancer, and comprises five compulsory modules plus a mandatory course introduction/orientation:

Module 1: Cell Proliferation and Cancer
Module 1a: Research Techniques
Module 2: Cell Signalling and Cancer
Module 3: Cancer Cell Biology
Module 4: Oral Cancer: Aetiology, Diagnosis and Management

Following the successful completion of the taught modules 1-4, students will be guided to focus on a specific research project, which, after completion of a series of practical classes and a relevant literature review, will be carried out in semester 2 and throughout the remainder of the year.

How you will be assessed

Modules 1-4 will be assessed by examination (60%) and coursework (40%). The research project will be assessed by coursework and oral examination (100%).

Careers

The course is aimed primarily at early career dentists and has been designed to prepare participants for clinical academic research careers. Upon graduating, participants will be ideally positioned to continue to postgraduate study, at PhD level.

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-This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Read more
-This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
-This PgDip course is ideal if you are interested in a career in frontline, leadership or specialist nursing.
-Our academic team members come from diverse backgrounds specific to adult nursing including cancer, dementia care, ICU, A&E, neuro, acute medicine, community (district nursing, health visiting), sexual health and respiratory nursing.
-Our state-of-the-art simulation suite provides you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills in caring for adults through highly realistic simulations and role play. You will also have opportunities to learn with, and from, midwifery students and lecturers in simulations and share learning with the child, and mental health student nurses to enhance your skills in caring for clients from these fields.
-Many members of our adult nursing teaching team have contributed to the latest Essentials of Nursing Practice textbook.
-You will gain practice experience in an area of London or Surrey which includes an acute hospital and you will have opportunities to work in the community.
-You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective placement at the end of your first year.

Adult nursing is a person-centred profession with the primary aim of promoting the wellbeing and social inclusion of all people through improving or maintaining physical and mental health (Department of Health, 2010). Adult nurses provide care for people over the age of 18 and increasingly for older people with complex conditions. They may also care for people with a mental health, learning disability or children. Adult nurses work in a range of settings including A&E, critical care, medical and surgical wards, rehabilitation units, GP practices, healthcare centres, hospices and in people's own homes.

What will you study?

The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing.
In your second year (part three) you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1 modules (part one and two)
-Introduction to Nursing for Graduates
-Nursing Practice Part 1
-Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult
-Long Term Conditions in Adult Nursing
-Nursing Practice Part 2

Year 2 modules (part three)
-Complexities of Adult Nursing
-Transition to Professional Practice in Adult Nursing
-Developing and Analysing Evidence-Based Practice
-Nursing Practice Part 3

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This innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. Read more
This innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. You will complete the programme as a collaborative public health practitioner, who is able to lead practice forward and work in partnership with clients and other professions and agencies.

The overall philosophy of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting or School Nursing (SCPHN) course is to provide an excellent course structure and teaching and learning methods in both academic and practice settings. We believe that academic preparation is an integral part of practice development and that both are part of the same process. Our aim is to enable you to be a high-quality practitioner who is a skillful public health nurses in school nursing or health visiting, and is able to bring about change in your practice environments.

See the website https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing/

Why choose this course?

Health care and the community environment are undergoing great change. For public health to be central to the service that is offered to clients and school students, there is a need for highly dynamic and flexible practitioners. You will need sound academic skills and evidence-based practice to enable you to lead positive change, both of your own practice and that of the health visiting and school health professions as a whole. The course will challenge you and help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you require in preparation for a future in public health nursing and the 0-19 agenda .
- This course will strengthen your leadership attributes in order to prepare you for the public health workforce as a SCPHN

- The curriculum content will reflect currency in practice issues, this will include the exploration of contemporary public health high impact areas across the fields of practice.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, offering excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region, and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels to enable contemporaneous teaching material and speakers.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Professional accreditation

Students successfully completing this course will be eligible for registration by the NMC on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the register (third part), and for registration as able to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary (V100).

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course reflects its interprofessional, client-centred and practice-focused approach. Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience are maximised. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and care environments. In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used. They include seminars, discussions, debates and group work. The Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises) will also be used as part of the teaching and learning process. Some modules will have a greater emphasis on E-learning as a primary source of education. Teaching strategies will encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice and interprofessional collaboration.

Practice assessment is a key part of the assessment process throughout the course and many strategies are used to assess your overall practice competence; these are all clearly demonstrated in the course practice assessment document.

Approach to assessment

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50% of time in the practice environment. Your community practice teachers (CPTs) are highly involved with the development and implementation of the course and there is a great deal of collaboration with the primary care trusts (PCT) education leads. You will be encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate SCPHN practice with your lecturers and CPTs, and your assignments will provide a focus for analysing practice. Your CPT will be responsible for facilitating your learning, supervising your progress and assessing your competence in practice.

Attendance pattern

This course is unique in nature as you will be paid full-time (or part-time) thus your attendance at university is recorded. Sickness and absence during the course will affect your sickness and absence record. Equally punctuality at university is a important part of your professional role.

How this course helps you develop

- The course enables experienced practitioners to build on their leadership and strategic development skills.

- Students exiting the programme have demonstrated their ability to be leaders in community public health nursing practice.

Careers

On successful completion of the course:
- You will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing).

- If you wish to meet the minimum NMC mentorship requirements, evidence from your practice documentation can be considered through Accreditation of Prior Learning processes within the Faculty.

- Your details will be forwarded to the NMC for registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (third part of the register), and for registration as able to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary (V100).

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

We are very pleased with the results received in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance in the assessment of research, of which 10% was rated as world-leading. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2001.

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This MSc course offers an innovative interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer. Three core modules encompass biological and social sciences. Read more
This MSc course offers an innovative interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer.

Three core modules encompass biological and social sciences. These equip you to apply key theories and concepts critically, and to develop the skills required to engage in debates about the impact of cancer on the individual, the family and society.

A wide range of additional modules offers the opportunity to examine aspects of cancer in greater detail from different perspectives, ranging from professional practice to historical perspectives, from epidemiological and medical research to biotechnology.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/cancer-studies/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links in their specialist areas locally, regionally and nationally.

- You will have access to state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- The department hosts the prestigious HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Cancer Care and the Cancer Care research group.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- You will be undertaking advanced study in Oxford, which has a new Cancer Centre and a range of expert practitioners working in the cancer field.

- "Students on this course will gain important insights into the nature of cancer research and its broader implications." Sir Paul Nurse

Teaching and learning

You will be given opportunities to be involved in all aspects of your programme - its management and delivery.

Different students will bring varied experiences and cultures and will be encouraged to share these with each other. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning and also to contribute to the learning of your fellow students.

The programme includes a taught element, informed by relevant national and international research and evidence-based literature, designed to be a starting point for critical reading and reflection. Mutual support between students enhances the learning experience and will be strongly encouraged.

In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed.
- Lectures introduce you to new areas of study and provide the context for further independent reading and practical work.

- Group activities (eg seminars, workshops, presentations) are used as a means of sharing knowledge and experience, developing critical skills, and emphasising the inter-disciplinary nature of the course.

- Presentation skills are developed through student-led seminars, presentations to your fellow students for some of the assessments.

Studying on this course will give you in-depth knowledge of cancer from the molecular level to the personal, social, societal and international levels. In doing so, you will draw on knowledge from life sciences, psychology, sociology, history, and the health care professions. This means that the course requires a flexible mind and a willingness to see familiar subjects in challenging new ways.
This course does not provide a specialised clinical training in medicine or any other health profession, but it does provide professionals with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of cancer.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is designed to ensure that you develop and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete your programme. Types of assessments within your programme are varied and appropriate for individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and different learning styles.

Assessment is mainly by essay writing, helping you to develop high levels of critical analysis, original thinking and clarity of expression.

Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice. You will be given the opportunity to submit draft work for feedback and formative assessment.

Endorsements

Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel Laureate and former chief executive of Cancer Research UK)

"Students on this course will gain important insights into the nature of cancer research and its broader implications. As the influence of science on society continues to grow, such insights are as important to scientists as they are to the wider public."

Jon Snow (Journalist, broadcaster and former Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University)

"Cancer and how it is dealt with needs to be seen in its wider social and political context. Oxford Brookes University provides a great environment in which students can engage with these issues."

Attendance pattern

Most modules on the programme involve attendance in the classroom once a week over a 12-week semester period.

How this course helps you develop

You will be given opportunities to develop your academic abilities at master's level, including critical reading and writing skills, digital literacy, communication and teamwork skills. Your contact with other students from different disciplines will provide you with networks that may be of value to you in the development of your future career.

Careers

You will be provided with additional knowledge and expertise to enable you to pursue your chosen career, whether this is in the biological, social sciences or humanities.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Cancer research is a key focus and the department hosts the prestigious HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Cancer Care. This is a very exciting addition to our portfolio, as it enables us to play a leading role in research development and education to improve the experience of patients undergoing cancer treatment and palliative care.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2008.

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Our MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine master's course will give nurses, doctors and clinical researchers the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies. Read more

Our MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine master's course will give nurses, doctors and clinical researchers the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies.

You will learn how to master experimental cancer through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning, spending a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie while also taking four structured taught units.

The taught units will see you learn the details of designing and delivering Phase 1 clinical studies, understanding the pre-clinical data required before a clinical programme can commence, and how to optimise early clinical studies to provide evidence for progressing a promising drug into Phase II/III clinical testing.

Alongside the taught elements, you will be allocated to one or more clinical trials that are being conducted by The Christie experimental cancer medicine team. You will have a named trainer and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

Nursing and physician students will be expected to participate in patient care, including new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care-giving episodes with patients.

For clinical trials coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged and duties will involve clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

You will be able to choose two aspects of your direct clinical trial research experience to write up for your two research projects in a dissertation format. This will give you the skills and knowledge required to critically report medical, scientific and clinically related sciences for peer review.

Aims

The primary purpose of the MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is to provide you with the opportunity to work within a premier UK Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, master the discipline of Experimental Cancer Medicine.

Special features

Extensive practical experience

You will spend most of your time gaining hands-on experience within The Christie's Experimental Cancer Medicine Team.

Additional course information

Meet the course team

Dr Natalie Cook is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Christie. She completed a PhD at Cambridge, investigating translational therapeutics and biomarker assay design in pancreatic cancer.

Professor Hughes is Chair of Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University and Strategic Director of the Experimental Cancer Medicine team at The Christie. He is a member of the research strategy group for Manchester Cancer Research Centre. He serves on the Biomarker evaluation review panel for CRUK grant applications.

Professor Hughes was previously Global Vice-President for early clinical development at AstraZeneca, overseeing around 100 Phase 0/1/2 clinical studies. He was previously Global Vice-President for early phase clinical oncology, having been involved in over 200 early phase clinical studies.

Dr Matthew Krebs is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Christie.

He has a PhD in circulating biomarkers and postdoctoral experience in single cell and ctDNA molecular profiling. He is Principal Investigator on a portfolio of phase 1 clinical trials and has research interests in clinical development of novel drugs for lung cancer and integration of biomarkers with experimental drug development.

Teaching and learning

Our course is structured around a 2:1 split between clinical-based research projects and taught elements respectively.

Taught course units will predominantly use lectures and workshops.

For the research projects, teaching and learning will take place through one-to-one mentoring from a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine team.

The clinical and academic experience of contributors to this course will provide you with an exceptional teaching and learning experience.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed through oral presentations, single best answer exams, written reports and dissertation.

For each research project, you will write a dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words. Examples of suitable practical projects include the following.

Research proposal

  • Compilation of a research proposal to research council/charity
  • Writing a protocol and trial costings for sponsor
  • Research and write a successful expression of interest selected by grant funder for full development

Publication-based/dissertation by publication

  • Writing a clinical study report
  • Authoring a peer-review journal review/original article

Service development/professional report/ report based dissertation

  • Public health report/outbreak report/health needs assessment/health impact assessment
  • Proposal for service development/organisational change
  • Audit/evaluate service delivery/policy
  • Implement recommended change from audit report

Adapted systematic review (qualitative data)

  • Compiling the platform of scientific evidence for a new drug indication from literature
  • Review of alternative research methodologies from literature

Full systematic review that includes data collection (quantitative data)

  • Referral patterns for Phase 1 patients

Qualitative or quantitative empirical research

  • Design, conduct, analyse and report an experiment

Qualitative secondary data analysis/analysis of existing quantitative data

  • Compilation, mining and analysis of existing clinical data sets

Quantitative secondary data analysis/analysis of existing qualitative data/theoretical study/narrative review

  • Policy analysis or discourse analysis/content analysis
  • A critical review of policy using framework analysis

Facilities

Teaching will take place within The Christie NHS Foundation Trust , Withington.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

This course is relevant to physician, nursing and clinical research students who are considering a career in Phase 1 clinical studies.

The course provides a theoretical and experiential learning experience and offers a foundation for roles within other experimental cancer medicine centres within the UK and EU, as well as careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials management and medicine.

The MRes is ideal for high-calibre graduates and professionals wishing to undertake directly channelled research training in the clinical and medical oncology field.



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The MA in Mental Health Nursing is a pre-registration nursing programme for graduates leading to the award of an MA in Mental Health Nursing and registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Read more
The MA in Mental Health Nursing is a pre-registration nursing programme for graduates leading to the award of an MA in Mental Health Nursing and registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The programme is currently being revalidated and we expect to run the new Mental Health Nursing Masters programme as an MSc from September 2016.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/mental-health-nursing-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links in their specialist areas locally, nationally and internationally.

- A dedicated practice education unit will support you with opportunities to practise in a wide range of wards, special units, prisons, health centres and other community settings.

- Skilled practitioners and nurse consultants deliver specialist teaching sessions.

- You will have access to specialist facilities including clinical skills simulation suites.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- You will share your learning with other health care students -developing your teamwork skills and understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of the programme will entitle graduates to achieve registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC.

This course in detail

The course will be taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BA in Mental Health Nursing and our new four-year BSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing and BSc Children's and Mental Health Nursing.

We are currently redeveloping and revalidating all of our Pre-Registration Nursing programmes and we expect to run new MSc and BSc Mental Health Nursing courses from September 2016.

Working at master's level, you will focus on developing a knowledge base in mental health nursing that is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field.

You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in your chosen field and more broadly will be enquiry focused, reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware.

You will complete a master’s level research project involving primary data collection; a service improvement project, a critical review of the literature, or other scholarly output and will be supported to publish your work.

Teaching and learning

In health and social care no professional group works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn and consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys.

We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well-equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman©, simbaby© and birthing mother©), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

How this course helps you develop

On successful completion of the MA in Mental Health Nursing, you will be able to:
- Deliver complex care to service users in your field of practice, demonstrating an ability to conceptualise the potential impact of associated factors.

- Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice, demonstrating a clear understanding of your personal responsibility in professional practice.

- Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas, working proactively with others to formulate solutions.

- Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively and act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating person centred care.

- Act on your understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing, being able to adapt existing and new information to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

- Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.

- Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.

- Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services, demonstrating an ability to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence.

- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate evidence and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to professional activity.

Careers

Graduates of the course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

Research areas and clusters

We have researchers with a range of experience, working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff.

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

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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). Read more

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.

Learning and teaching

We have developed the MNSc around four interrelated themes:

  1. Approaches to learning and teaching
  2. Research-based practice
  3. Clinical skill acquisition
  4. Contextualised, integrated health care delivery

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.

Benefits

  • A masters degree in nursing is a portable qualification, whether you want to work locally, nationally or internationally.
  • The curriculum includes a greater ratio of clinical hours to theory than other entry-to-practice nursing degrees. This means that you will graduate with plenty of hands-on practice to prepare you for employment.
  • We offer the only integrated curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. Students will participate in 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching each semester, followed by three or four weeks of professional experience placement with partner hospitals.
  • Our clinical placements are in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals ensuring best clinical practice opportunities and research collaborations.
  • We have state of the art clinical skills laboratories with up-to-date medical mannequins and equipment, and dedicated laboratory staff to guide your practical skill development. The clinical skills labs are used for classes and you can book them for self-directed learning.
  • Specific skill development in clinical research ensures you are confident in utilising current research to inform your practice and as preparation for research studies.
  • Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on contemporary health care and clinical governance, and prepares you for practice in a modern and complex nursing environment where nurses continue to take leadership roles.
  • You will undertake a specialist elective subject in the final semester, allowing you to further develop your areas of interest.
  • To consolidate your nursing practice you will undertake a capstone subject in the final semester. This will enable you to apply your knowledge and seek innovative solutions to real clinical problems.
  • The University offers excellent on-campus student facilities and a range of student services and opportunities. We are part of the most research-intensive medical faculty in Australia.
  • You will be part of a diverse and talented population of students at entry-to-practice, advanced practice and research levels. We employ internationally recognised nurse researchers with extensive affiliations with renowned research institutes and hospitals. As a nursing student you will have access to the best teachers and researchers with the most up to date practice knowledge.

At the completion of the Master of Nursing Science graduates are expected to:

  • meet the competencies identified by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council as necessary for practice as a registered nurse;
  • demonstrate a well developed understanding of health from global, population, community, family and individual perspectives;
  • integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines that contribute to health and disease management in the provision of nursing to people experiencing alterations in their health;
  • perform nursing assessment and intervention within legal and ethical parameters and demonstrating accountability for their own practice;
  • work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common health problems and to translate this evidence into the development of nursing interventions to improve patient outcomes;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Australian health care system in terms of policy and the organizational context of health service delivery;
  • practice effectively in health promotion and health education roles;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify knowledge gaps in the delivery of nursing care and to utilize research skills to address current gaps in practice in collaboration with researchers in nursing and allied disciplines.


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The aim of these courses is to facilitate the qualified nurse working in specialist areas to become a more knowledgeable, analytical, reflective and caring nurse, capable of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating specialist nursing care based on research and three specialist modules and specialist clinical placement in the first year. Read more
The aim of these courses is to facilitate the qualified nurse working in specialist areas to become a more knowledgeable, analytical, reflective and caring nurse, capable of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating specialist nursing care based on research and three specialist modules and specialist clinical placement in the first year.

All students must pass the core and specialists component. Students must also complete a clinical component relevant to their specialty strand. All students must pass the required clinical competencies in order to achieve the Postgraduate award. On successful completion of all the requirements of the first year, students may opt to exit and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or may progress to the second year of the programme during which they complete a dissertation.

These programmes are taught in partnership between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the associated Health Service Providers.

The following are the names of the Specialist strands currently being provided and the names of the associated Health Service Providers:

Cardiovascular
Emergency Nursing
Haematology Care
Intensive Care
Orthopaedics
Perioperative Care (options available)
Renal
Cancer Care

During clinical placements students will be required to do a variety of shift patterns as determined by the local Health Service Providers.

The various modules offered lead on from, and complement, the subjects taken at Degree and Postgraduate Diploma level of learning. On completion of this course, participants will be able to; Strengthen and develop their expertise in their area of practice through the use of enhanced knowledge, reflective skills and research-based practice. Devise, implement, and evaluate methods for improving the quality of nursing care and /or nurse education provided in Ireland. Exercise administrative and intellectual leadership in their profession and the disciplines contained within and extend their skills in the critical evaluation of research reports and plan, conduct and evaluate research studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the strand will be subject to place availability. The entry criteria for this strand are:

Current registration on the appropriate nursing division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Active Register

Two years post-registration clinical experience since first registration

Twelve months experience (within the last two years) in the specialty at the time of application.

Candidates must also fulfil one of the following criteria:
An honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme.

Additional criteria may be required by individual Health Service Providers.
Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings relevant to each individual strand for the duration of the programme of study.

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Research profile. Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. Read more

Research profile

Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. The programme also has a strong tradition of welcoming students from overseas, as well as the UK.

Our main areas of research activity and development currently relate to the themes of experience of health and illness, and organisation and policy for person-centred care.

The main areas of study we can supervise for doctoral research are:

  • critical care
  • emotions and care
  • maternal health
  • addictions and substance misuse
  • public health
  • community care and leadership
  • pain management
  • cancer care
  • nursing education
  • patient safety and quality issues.

We have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative and mixed methods research approaches.

Read more about our research on our website:

Nursing Studies research

Training and support

The MSc by Research in Nursing Studies provides students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing.

The programme is designed for qualified practitioners and graduates and enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice in relation to nursing and related fields.

The distinctive features of this degree include:

  • integration of generic social science and discipline-specific nursing studies research training and development;
  • social science approaches to research training in nursing studies; and
  • close links with other disciplines including medicine.

The PhD/MPhil programme is an advanced research degree enabling you to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of your choice.

Normal progression for PhD/MPhil in nursing involves spending the first year preparing for the main research work; taking research training courses, reviewing literature, and developing your research proposal.

Progression to year two of the programme is dependent on a satisfactory outcome from a review board. Typically, the second year is spent doing the body of the research, usually empirical data collection and analysis, and the third year is spent completing the analysis and writing the thesis.

You will be able to attend a wide range of postgraduate seminar courses from across the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. There is the opportunity to attend other courses in Nursing Studies as well as a wide range of postgraduate seminar courses within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and related disciplines across the University.

Nursing studies PhD and MPhil students join a 50-year tradition of scholarship. Our students share courses with others from a wide variety of disciplines.

Those doing higher degrees by research usually undertake research training courses, as well as carrying out their own research. PhD students normally have two supervisors, one of whom may be from a different discipline relevant to your interests.



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Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification. Read more

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)

Who is this programme for?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme. This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time.

Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

Career opportunities

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services. Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice. NHS Careers has further information.

Professional partnerships

Our students benefit from the support of mentors and other health care practitioners. The School of Health Sciences enjoys excellent partnership working with our local NHS Trusts and care givers within the independent sector.

Teaching staff

Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice.

As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
  • Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
  • Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
  • Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
  • Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
  • Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
  • Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
  • Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
  • Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The MSc in Children's Nursing is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. Children's nursing is a challenging but highly rewarding career choice, and the programmes offered at Oxford Brookes are very popular. Read more
The MSc in Children's Nursing is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. Children's nursing is a challenging but highly rewarding career choice, and the programmes offered at Oxford Brookes are very popular.

You will focus on developing a knowledge base in children’s nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

Graduates from this course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

If you are interested in this course you can find out more at an undergraduate open day.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/childrens-nursing-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Facilities in Oxford and Swindon both include state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites.

- Oxford Children's Hospital provides an exceptional clinical environment. There is a wide range of other children's care settings in Oxford.

- Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links with specialist practice areas locally and regionally.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

This course in detail

You will focus on developing a knowledge base in children’s nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

During Year 1 you will undertake modules at Level 6 (honours level), and in the subsequent two years your modules will be at Level 7 (masters degree level). You may be able to complete the degree in less that three years if you offer evidence of relevant prior learning (AP(E)L). This may have been achieved through relevant degree level study and/or experience. If you wish to study part-time, you can complete the degree over a maximum duration of five years.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of children’s nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field. You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in relation to children’s nursing. Your learning will be enquiry focused, helping you to develop as a reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware practitioner.

You will complete a master’s-level research project involving primary data collection; a critical review of the literature; or other scholarly output.

Teaching and learning

Oxford Brookes teaches a very wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn; we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys. We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman©, simbaby© and birthing mother©), and an extensive range of anatomy models.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both online and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

An extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through the Brookes virtual learning environment - Moodle - including lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

How this course helps you develop

Throughout the course, you will benefit from an inter-professional approach to learning. This includes participation in action learning sets and in modules where learning is shared with other health and social care students. This type of learning will help to prepare you for work in the current health care environment.

Upon successful completion of the MSc in Children’s Nursing, you will be able to:
- Deliver complex care to service users in your field of practice demonstrating an ability to conceptualise the potential impact of associated factors.

- Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice, demonstrating a clear understanding of your personal responsibility in professional practice.

- Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas, working proactively with others to formulate solutions.

- Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively and act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating person centred care.

- Act on your understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing, being able to adapt existing and new information to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

- Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.

- Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.

- Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services, demonstrating an ability to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence.

- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate evidence and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to professional activity.

Careers

Graduates from this course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford University, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2008.

Research areas and clusters

Areas of research include cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

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Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification. Read more

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching staff

Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.

Who is this programme for?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme.

This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time. Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
  • Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
  • Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
  • Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
  • Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
  • Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
  • Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
  • Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
  • Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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This programme will enable first level nurses and midwives to obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in public health nursing – health visiting or occupational health. Read more
This programme will enable first level nurses and midwives to obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in public health nursing – health visiting or occupational health.

About the programme

The programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and has been developed in line with the Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC 2004).

Intake: September with Health Visiting also available in February

Additional Entry Information

Applicants must have the language and literacy skills to understand and use the written materials utilised in the learning and teaching of the course and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for practice-based placements.

Your learning

Core modules include:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges
• Research Methods for Health and Social Care
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Consolidation of Practice

Discipline-specific modules:
- Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor):
• Contemporary Health Visiting
• Safeguard Children, Enable Families

- Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health):
• Contemporary Occupational Health
• Managing Risk in Occupational Health

The final module at the end of the course includes a 10.5 week full-time period in the defined area of practice.

- MSc Health Studies – Community Health:
Following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma with professional registration students can undertake the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module to receive a Master’s degree.

Our Careers Adviser says

Offering both an academic and a professional qualification and with accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, graduates can seek challenging and rewarding careers as health visitors or occupational health practioners.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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This programme prepares you to critically explore the management of the ill neonate in a variety of settings in order to develop and expand your role within the field of neonatal care. Read more
This programme prepares you to critically explore the management of the ill neonate in a variety of settings in order to develop and expand your role within the field of neonatal care.

About the programme

This programme is designed for practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and who are currently employed within the field of neonatal nursing.

It has been developed to provide a standardised level of professional competence and academic accreditation for neonatal nurses.
It incorporates the competencies of Matching Knowledge and Skills for Qualified in Speciality (QIS) Neonatal Nurses (April 2012).

Your learning

The programme consists of three SCQF Level 10 modules, normally undertaken over six months – one year:

Special Care Neonatal Nursing – you will critically explore the specific needs of a baby requiring special care nursing. You will undertake the practice element of the programme within your own area of practice and will be supported by clinical mentors.

Neonatal Intensive Care/High Dependency – you will critically explore the specific needs of a baby requiring intensive care nursing. You will undertake the practice element of the programme within your own area of practice and will be supported by clinical mentors.

Neonatal Work-based Learning – this module will enable you to work towards the achievement of clinical competencies as detailed within the clinical log book; you will be supported by clinical mentors throughout. Students should log a total of 750 hours of learning experiences, with 250 of these hours dedicated to specific experiences achieved within the intensive care setting.

Students will primarily be based in their own units, in both special and intensive care environments.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates will be able to further develop professionally within neonatal nursing, mapping their continuing professional development to the Health Career Framework and Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). Following at least a two year period of being qualified in specialty, staff may undertake an MSc in Advanced Neonatal Practice.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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