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The Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop their knowledge and skills for their care. Read more
The Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop their knowledge and skills for their care. You will investigate the biology of cancer and haematology, associated treatments, and integrated multidisciplinary management. You will acquire knowledge about all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer, future treatment trends and the exploration of the impact of these illnesses on the individual, family and community. With the increasing trends towards both home-based care and towards intensive treatments such as Stem Cell Transplantation, the course provides a broad range of content across a diverse spectrum of cancer and haematology care and explores broadening roles for nurses in cancer and haematology care. Nursing interventions to reduce the impact of cancer and its treatment are addressed, drawing on research and the theoretical underpinnings of cancer and haematology care.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students.

Swansea University is the only UK university to offer a British Blood Transfusion Society approved degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion.

This is a part-time course that will be delivered via the Work-based Learning (WBL) route with students employed in a variety of heath care settings.

The Master's level course for the Specialist Blood Transfusion has been developed in collaboration with the British Blood Transfusion Society. Members of the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) will work in partnership with colleagues from the College of Human and Health Sciences in providing appropriate support for these students.

The Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion programme team will provide academic support and facilitation of the WBL and the identified work-based mentor will provide guidance clinically.

Students can therefore be working in a setting distinct from the College and able to work at their own pace and react to learning opportunities in a real life setting.

The BBTS is a professional membership body which is committed to supporting transfusion professionals through the provision of career development and learning opportunities, thus assuring ongoing advancement of blood transfusion and its practitioners. It currently has in excess of 1600 members, representing transfusion professionals at all levels and locations.

Course Description

Whilst formal training and education has been available for doctors, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists specialising in transfusion medicine for some years, nurses and transfusion practitioners have had limited access to formal programmes of education in blood transfusion. The educational preparation of nurses and transfusion practitioners is critical to promoting safe and effective transfusion practice. The purpose of this degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice is to prepare the practitioner to achieve the level of expertise that the BBTS has detailed in its curriculum framework for nurses and transfusion practitioners working in UK Blood Services and the wider NHS.

The programme reflects, in part, the content of the original framework for the BBTS Specialist Certificate in Blood Transfusion Science Practice (2008). The framework for the BBTS Specialist Certificate in Transfusion Science Practice for nurses and practitioners working in blood transfusion and associated specialties was compiled by representatives from the BBTS Professional Affairs and Education nursing sub-committee, the UK Blood Services and NHS hospital transfusion team representatives.

The format of work-based learning is well established within the College and concurs with modern learning philosophies, enabling students to learn in their working environment whilst being mentored by experts in their field of practice. This learning enables the employer to support students within their workplace. The student professionally develops whilst continuing to work in their workplace environment.

The CHHS will deliver the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice programme in partnership with the BBTS, who will provide subject expertise and curriculum guidance.

This programme is offered on a part-time basis, and will normally take three years to complete.

The MSc programme in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion comprises 6 modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). The first year will comprise of three 20-credit core modules and the second year will comprise of two 30-credit composite modules. In the final year, students complete the dissertation module (60 credits).

PGDip students undertake the same first and second year modules, but do not undertake the dissertation.

PGCert students undertake the first year modules only.


Modules on the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion programme typically include:

The Work Place Learning Journey
The History, Science and Practice of Blood Transfusion
Clinical Governance and its Impact on Managing Adverse Events in Blood Transfusion
Advanced Specialist Practice in Blood Transfusion
Advanced Clinical Governance and Contemporary Issues
Professional Practice in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion

Who should take this programme?

Nurses and other allied health care professionals (e.g. ODPs) may be interested in studying for a Master's or postgraduate qualification in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice.

Staff Expertise

The core team for the College of Human and Health Sciences have professional backgrounds in either haematology and/or work-based learning. The programme manager, Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, has extensive clinical experience in general medical nursing, and has developed expertise in the care of cancer patients, including palliative care, and teaches on many palliative care and oncology modules. She is also the designated lead for haematology nursing in the College. She has published a number of research studies in peer reviewed journals specifically on infection control for the immune-compromised patient and the role of the nurse lecturer in supporting students. Heulwen Morgan- Samuel’s research interests include factors that enhance learning within the clinical environment, student support, principles of care and education for oncology nurses. She has co-edited a revised edition of the Fundamentals of Nursing book which is aimed at the pre registration nursing curriculum designated.

Teaching and learning is based on the best research evidence available, and the programme manager will work in close collaboration with members of the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS). Their membership includes professionals from all levels across the transfusion community, maintaining clinical and academic currency, to support and enhance practice in this field. The aim of BBTS is to “play a leading role in safe and effective transfusion practice by delivering high quality education and training, setting standards and promoting research and development and innovation” (BBTS, 2015).


Healthcare professionals employed in the field of blood transfusion that require advanced level education in the speciality would benefit from this degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion.

It is relevant to those wishing to build on their knowledge of blood transfusions within their existing career, but would also be beneficial to those currently working in an environment that manages blood transfusion who wish to focus and develop their career within this field of practice, as well as being a stepping stone for research study. The knowledge, understanding and skills developed would enhance students' expertise and would build on current practice within their own workplaces.

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Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions. Read more
Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions.

Your studies will integrate research, education and management issues to enable you to evolve a high degree of professional autonomy and independent practice.

This is a full-time academic course and does not offer clinical placements or lead to registration as a nurse in the UK.

Why choose this course?

• Study the critical thinking, reasoning, decision-making and judgmental skills that are vital to evidence-based healthcare practice
• Explore problem-orientation strategies towards current healthcare practices, and build a critical awareness of global health issues and approaches to reducing health inequalities
• Develop alternative ways of delivering care, and learn to communicate the rationale behind professional decisions in verbal and written formats that are appropriate to your audience
• Gain the ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when suggesting and implementing the sorts of changes that make a positive difference to the quality of service and patient care
• Benefit from a critical awareness of personal responsibility and the professional codes of conduct which are appropriate to your practice within complex and often unpredictable environments.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/advanced-nursing-studies2#about

Course detail

This course is aimed at enhancing your skills, knowledge and expertise. In adopting an evidence based approach to practice, the aim is for you to become an autonomous critical self-reflective practitioner.

In addition, the intention is also to enhance your confidence in leading change through innovative insights within a haematology service in a complex, unpredictable healthcare environment.

By choosing this course, you become part of a global learning community, to improve healthcare practice and reduce healthcare inequalities. The course helps you develop a scholarly and evidenced based approach to nursing studies and practice.


• Advancing Healthcare practice: Concepts and Principles
• Global Perspective in Healthcare Practice
• Evidence Based Healthcare Practice
• Choice of one Option unit*
• Dissertation (Systematic Review)


Assessment is not just about ‘grading’ your performance but is an integral and important developmental part of your learning.

A variety of assessment strategies are used across the course including, presentations, report writing, written assessments, case studies, exams, OSCEs, viva poster presentations, portfolio, research reports, dissertation.


Teaching, learning and assessment methods have been selected to allow you to make strong connections between your studies and your future work practices. This includes designing activities that have personal and professional relevance through the use of case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice.

It includes access to a teaching faculty who are able to share ‘live’ examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and the involvement of external speakers such as patient groups, service users, healthcare leaders and practitioners.

You will have opportunities to rehearse and develop professional thinking and behaviours in group work, tailored assessment tasks and in simulated practice.

Opportunities for shared learning with part-time students on the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice course offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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