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The MSc Health Studies offers postgraduate education of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, paramedics, dieticians, and a wide range of other health and social care professionals in a variety of clinical environments and geographical contexts. Read more
The MSc Health Studies offers postgraduate education of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, paramedics, dieticians, and a wide range of other health and social care professionals in a variety of clinical environments and geographical contexts. It offers clinically relevant named awards at Certificate, Diploma and Master's level, and is invaluable for all those who want to develop excellence and share good practice. The modules are shared with a range of nurses, midwives and health and social care professionals studying our other programmes.

Why study MSc Health Studies with the University of Dundee?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee has an international reputation for providing flexible programmes designed to offer a student-led approach to postgraduate education. Most programmes are offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning. A small number of modules are also available for locally based students.

Students can choose the generic MSc Health Studies award or one of seven named awards. These are:

MSc Health Studies (Leadership, Quality and Governance)
MSc Health Studies (Infection: Prevention and Control)
MSc Health Studies (Mental Health)
MSc Health Studies (Long Term Conditions)
MSc Health Studies (Older Person)
MSc Health Studies (Clinical Practice)
MSc Health Studies (Physiotherapy)
MSc Health Studies (Global Health and Wellbeing)
MSc Health Studies (Research)

What are the aims of this programme?

We aim to provide an intellectual environment within which you are committed and challenged to develop the knowledge and skills required to enhance your own health and social care practice as well as to advance practice in your own profession or role. The aim is also to support multidisciplinary collegiality and create a global community of scholars displaying postgraduate attributes of confidence, complexity, creativity, professionalism, autonomy and the articulation of novel perspectives to problem solving.

Who should study this course?

This programme will suit any graduate health or social care professional aspiring to advance their own and others' clinical practice, as well as planning for leadership roles, both formal and informal.

How you will be taught

The programme is generally delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment My Dundee. Some modules are delivered in a blended format and these are limited to students more locally within Scotland.

What you will study

The programme is delivered on a modular basis over a period of 3 and half years. One module is taken per semester and semesters start in September and January. There are two intakes per year.

You are required to take four modules and a dissertation in order to complete the full MSc but can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after two modules and a Postgraduate Diploma after four modules. In order to exit with a named award the award pre-requisites must be met.

Students undertaking the Diploma or MSc must take one research core, one professional core, the award core requirements and an option module where available. Some awards have two award cores and no option module can be taken.

Modules available

The module portfolio comprises a choice of two research modules, a number of professional modules relating to leadership, quality and clinical governance, and learning, teaching and assessment in practice among others.

A number of clinically relevant modules are also available depending on the chosen award. Some modules are only offered every second year and you will be helped to decide the best portfolio of modules to meet your individual needs.
How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of traditional and more innovative approaches. We use essays, portfolios, folders of evidence, research proposals, learning contracts, exams, OSCEs, and assessed online activities such as debates and team work.

Careers

While almost all of our students are already in professional roles, students who have completed our masters programmes in the past have gone on into management and other promoted posts as well as specialist roles such as hospital at night and clinical governance leads.

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The Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research. Read more
The Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research.

While our Mental Health Studies course, which was established in 1992, offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and already have work experience in the mental health field.

Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening in Psychology, Mental Health and Neuroscience on Wed 1 Feb to discuss your study options with world-leaders in the field. Book your place now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-taught-open-evening-health-subjects-tickets-29980971894

Key benefits

- Choice of eight elective modules on offer in a number of different mental health sectors. Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialities from the allied South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and from visiting specialist lecturers.
- Well-established Clinical Placements voluntary scheme, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust.
- Experience of research work, supporting service users in a variety of placements through our voluntary scheme.
- Opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/mental-health-studies-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The Mental Health Studies course consists of five modules: Basic Mental Health, Research Principles & Methods, a Research Dissertation, and two elective modules. The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, approaches to management and care. The Research Methods module covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.

A full list of required and optional modules is available on our website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/mental-health-studies-msc.aspx

- Course purpose -

The MSc Mental Health Studies aims to provide high quality and up-to-date coverage of theory, practice and research in the field of mental health and illness. Applicants may already have some experience of working in the mental health field, in positions of clinical, therapeutic or educational capacity, although this is not essential.

- Course format and assessment -

Teaching methods include lectures, group work, discussions, videos, case analyses. Assessment is by essays, written examinations, research project.

Career prospects

Graduates pursue various careers in mental health including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and post doctoral study.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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On this programme you’ll critically evaluate contemporary thinking and its impact upon sexual health knowledge and practice. Read more
On this programme you’ll critically evaluate contemporary thinking and its impact upon sexual health knowledge and practice. Compulsory modules explore and evaluate the specific knowledge and skills required for the study of sexual health studies at Master’s level, evaluating underpinning philosophies and relationships which influence evidence-based practice, within sexual health and covering critical thinking, moral reasoning, professionalism and skills development. Optional modules are available providing you with choice and flexibility to meet individual practice and professional needs. The clinical modules on this course have been specifically designed to enable first level NMC Registered Practitioners to prepare to be able to undertake further professional qualifications including the Nurse Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (NDFSRH) and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV STIF Competencies.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course has a blended delivery both in the classroom and via elearning; therefore potentially accessible to students in all parts of the world. It utilises web technology to deliver multimedia teaching materials and includes live interactive sessions on a regular basis. Online activities are supported by email contact with tutors and peer groups, message boarding and scheduled live personal tutorials.

The course will be conducted in spoken and written English. It offers postgraduate education for career development and continuing professional development.

Depending on choice of optional modules, assessment will include: essays, critical reflective account, written reports, project work, presentation of research proposal, oral presentations, clinical competency documentation, case studies, development of teaching materials, summary of recommendations for clinical practice, and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course is composed of modules of learning that, where possible, allow for individual choice and flexibility in learning. The MSc Sexual Health Studies programme is delivered on a part-time and full-time basis divided into nine modules.

Compulsory modules are designed within the programme to provide a core for the exploration and critical evaluation of the specific knowledge and skills required for the study of Sexual Health Studies at Master's level. Key theoretical concepts will include:
-A critical examination and evaluation of the knowledgebase and critical thinking that informs contemporary sexual health practice
-Evaluating underpinning philosophies and relationships which influence evidence-based practice, within sexual health
-Critical examination of the basis of knowledge and critical thinking that informs sexual health practice from a global perspective
-Moral reasoning as a critical thinking tool
-Professionalism and challenges to role and service development within the current political context of sexual health provision
-Skill development within the research process

Option modules may be selected from a range of modules at Level 7. These aim to provide choice and flexibility enabling students to meet individual practice and professional needs. Within the MSc Sexual Health Studies programme, students may be from a clinical or non-clinical background and may be employed within the NHS or alternative organisations.

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This programme will develop your skills to work at an advanced level as a clinical expert, manager or consultant practitioner within maternal and child health. Read more
This programme will develop your skills to work at an advanced level as a clinical expert, manager or consultant practitioner within maternal and child health.

About the programme

This programme is designed for midwives, nurses and other healthcare practitioners with an interest in maternal and child health. You will explore the issues surrounding maternal and child health and have a widespread positive influence by developing the quality of maternal and child healthcare across the gradient of health inequality. Part-time online delivery enables you to study at your convenience.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council approved Supervisor of Midwives Programme and the module Effective Clinical Practitioner and Motivational Enhancement Skills have some class sessions at Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses. Student support is actively encouraged via online or by face-to-face meeting.

Your learning

You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (60 credits); a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) after completing six modules (120 credits); or the MSc Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (180 credits). You will complete core and option modules:

- Postgraduate Certificate:
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health (core): examines current and relevant issues affecting women and the wider maternity services to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population
• Responding to Public Health Challenges (core): introduces public health theory and practice in addition to health improvement interventions

- Postgraduate Diploma:
• Research for Health and Social Care (core): covers a range of methodological issues relevant to research in health and social settings
• Supporting Normality in Childbirth (core): promotes and supports normality in practice, enabling you to reflect upon and appraise the role of the midwife within the multi-disciplinary team

Option modules include:
• Advanced Work-based Learning
• Case Management within Family Health
• Clinical Teaching
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Effective Clinical Practitioner
• Health Economics
• Independent Study
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Social Marketing
• Supervision of Midwives (Action)^
• Supervision of Midwives (Theory)^
• The Business of Health Care
• Working with Families

- MSc:
You will complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module. Duration is normally one year part-time.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped to work in management and clinical leadership roles in practice, and pursue career development in research and education.

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 course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It can lead to either a PGDip or MSc in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing or general practice nursing. Read more
This course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It can lead to either a PGDip or MSc in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing or general practice nursing.

The course aims to:

• Develop a critical awareness and understanding of discipline specific knowledge, informed by current practice and scholarship.

• Judiciously apply the evidence-base to clinical situations that are complex and justify decisions to the inter-professional team.

• Develop discipline specific competencies to Masters practice level demonstrating self-direction and the ability to act autonomously in the management of patient care, within the scope of professional practice.

Distinctive features

• 50% theory and 50% practice.

• Provides a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing.

• Fully supported by local service providers.

• Incorporates community practitioner nurse prescribing qualification, V100.

Structure

All students will attend the three core generic modules and one core specialist module that apply to the particular pathways for the award of District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies and recordable NMC specialist practice and community practitioner nurse prescriber qualifications.

You will then have the option to continue to the dissertation (MSc) stage.

Successful completion of a dissertation module will lead to the award of MSc in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies.

PGDip:

The PGDip takes 3 years to complete by part-time study.

For a list of the modules please see the website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-pgdip-part-time

MSc:

The MSc can be completed in 1 year with full-time study or in 4 years by part-time study.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-msc-part-time

Teaching

Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, guided reading activities, seminar discussions, online activities, and discussion forums. Screen and podcasts, lecture-capture, and supervisory blogs are also planned to enhance and promote learning.

As some students may have concerns about the level of IT skills required to undertake the course, each student accepted onto the course will be provided with pre-programme support.

The face-to-face taught component of the module will also provide an opportunity for students to meet and develop insights into each other’s roles and experiences.

Assessment

Assessment is via a variety of methods, including written assignments, exams, presentations and a practical assessment (clinical portfolio). Assignments vary according to the module.

The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice. The practical element will be assessed through a summative clinical portfolio.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of this course should equip you with skills and knowledge to help advance your career in nursing.

The ongoing shift of care closer to home is driving the continued development of primary care services both locally and nationally, and community nurse education features strongly in these plans to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose.

Service reconfiguration requires specialist district nurses and practice nurses to be able to lead and deliver services to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population.

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The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010). Read more
The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010).

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

The degree meets the specific requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for community nursing competence. The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific.

When you successfully complete this degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health Studies Practice Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/945-msc-community-health-studies-practice-nursing

What you will study

Modules

Year One:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods

Optional modules
- Independent Prescribing
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
- Transition
- Long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After 2 years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three
- Dissertation

After 3 years you will attain the MSc qualification.

Learning and teaching methods

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

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The Department of Health Science offers a Master of Arts in Health Studies. This program is tailored to train Health Promotion professionals to design, implement and evaluate interventions to foster behaviors conducive to health. Read more
The Department of Health Science offers a Master of Arts in Health Studies. This program is tailored to train Health Promotion professionals to design, implement and evaluate interventions to foster behaviors conducive to health. All of our graduate programs are theory-driven and based on related research findings. Completion of the Master of Arts Program qualifies students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The CHES certification, offered by NCHEC, is the only mechanism for demonstrating competence in Health Education in the US.

Program Guidelines: This 30 semester hours program has a core of 18 credit hours of required coursework and requires an additional 12 credit hours of electives. The entire Masters program can be completed on campus or via distance education (http://bamabydistance.ua.edu//degrees/ma-in-health-studies-online/).

**Students may transfer 12 graduate credit hours into the program (subject to advisor approval) or take a minimum of 12 credit hours of electives, independent study, or fieldwork courses from UA. Transfer credits can be no older than 6 years from the date the student graduates from UA.

Students interested in the on campus Master of Arts in Health Studies should contact Dr. Dave Birch at for further information on the program or advice related to application procedures. Students interested in the Distance MA program should contact Dr. Brian Gordon at . Other applicable guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Students need to be aware of and adhere to guidelines established by The University of Alabama′s Graduate School (http://graduate.ua.edu/).

- Students should select courses and plan a course of study in consultation with their faculty advisor.

- Students need to select either the thesis or non-thesis option after the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.

- Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours for degree completion.

Visit the website http://www.health.ches.ua.edu/master-of-arts-in-health-studies.html

REQUIRED COURSES (18 HOURS)

HHE 515: Advances in Health Science
HHE 520: Health Behavior
HHE 530: Health Promotion Techniques
HHE 565: Organization and Implementation of Health Promotion Programs
HHE 566: Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion
HHE 506: Techniques of Research

ELECTIVE COURSES (12 HOURS MINIMUM)

Acceptable support courses include but are not limited to:

BEP 561: Social and Cultural Basis of Behavior
BEP 565: Personality and Social Development
BER 540: Statistical Methods in Education
BSP 500: Intro to School Psychology
CHS 500: Rural Environ/Occup Health
CHS 525: Biostatistics
HCM 573: Survey Issues in Health Care Management
HCM 577: Ambulatory Care
HCM 576: Long-Term Care
HD 501: Child Development
HD 512: Adult Development
HHE 504: Health Counseling
HHE 526: Biostatistics
NHM 532: Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education
NHM 561: Advanced Nutrition
NHM 569: Advanced Community Nutrition
NHM 557: Childhood Obesity (Summer only)
NHM 648: Secondary Analysis of Survey Data (summer only)
WS 579: Gender Race Class Cross Culture

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

All students are required to pass a six hour written comprehensive examination that addresses the content of the six core courses in order to obtain their Master of Arts degree. This exam is proctored and students may not use any outside resources. Each one of the two parts of the exam is graded as “passed”, “passed with contingency”, or “failed”. Sections “passed with contingency” require additional work before the contingency can be lifted. Failed sections must be retaken. Failed sections can only be retaken once.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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This course aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of theoretical and applied issues in health and social care. Read more
This course aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of theoretical and applied issues in health and social care.

In addition to developing your skills in research methodologies, the course provides a range of modules from which you can construct a programme of study appropriate to your interests and career requirements.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course has been developed with your future employability as its focus, by choosing to study at Coventry you will benefit from:
-The opportunity to study health and social care in a wider context
-The chance to plan the next step in your career in improving health and well-being
-Developing your knowledge of the current issues effecting health and social care

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You can study this course full-time over one year, or on a part-time basis for as little as two years. There are also exit points for part-time students at Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma levels. Part-time study requires you to attend the University for the equivalent of one afternoon and one evening per week. It is also possible to study some modules as an associate student.

Areas of study include:
-Contemporary issues in health and social care
-Evidence-based practice
-Clinical governance
-Public health
-Health development

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Health Studies modules can provide an opportunity to widen your CV and job prospects if your first degree was a professional qualification. The modules available enhance management and leadership capabilities and may facilitate promotion opportunities within your current service. Alternatively, the course provides an overview of policy and practice within the UK, widening opportunities for international students to learn, compare and apply new knowledge.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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We are proud that our course currently. Offers a wide range of option modules providing the opportunity to devise a course that meets your individual needs. Read more
We are proud that our course currently:

• Offers a wide range of option modules providing the opportunity to devise a course that meets your individual needs.

• Recognises your prior learning and may allow you to build on existing academic Master's level credit (for example Supporting Learning in Practice or Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) from this and other universities to obtain a Master's degree, subject to APL regulations.

• Is delivered by staff with specialist expertise within a range of areas, who are all actively involved in research, ensuring the course is up to date and informed by evidence.

• Has a key focus on helping you to further develop your knowledge and practice related to health and healthcare.

• Provides you with the opportunity to network with professionals from different disciplines and share best practice.

The course offers professionals from a variety of multidisciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to further develop and extend their particular area of practice. The course aims to increase the depth and breadth of your knowledge in health studies helping you to function at the leading edge of practice development and research. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your understanding and knowledge of global healthcare issues by studying with health professionals from elsewhere in the world.

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This programme is designed to enable those with a personal, academic or professional interest in global health to study a variety of related subjects and join colleagues and fellow students in a global community. Read more

This programme is designed to enable those with a personal, academic or professional interest in global health to study a variety of related subjects and join colleagues and fellow students in a global community.

The programme is invoiced at course level, allowing you to pick and choose your curriculum content, and manage your learning within flexible 5 or 11 week teaching blocks, which are offered at fixed time periods across the academic calendar.

The programme is structured to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge base in various aspects of global health.

The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and this is reflected by the wide range of courses it is possible to study within the programme.

Possible subjects include:

  • Animal health
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation and global citizenship
  • Forensic medicine and science
  • Global health
  • Infectious and non-communicable diseases
  • Sanitation and water issues

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The courses are taught entirely online with extensive use of discussion forums in which students are encouraged to debate relevant issues with course tutors and colleagues.

Certificate

This is a postgraduate certificate for students from a diverse professional background but with a common interest in global health.

The programme is modular, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied; students may choose to study one or more individual courses or complete a sufficient number of course credits to be awarded the certificate.

It takes between 12 and 36 months to complete the certificate.

Postgraduate Professional Development

The courses we offer reflect the range of research and teaching interests of our academic staff and promote discussion of significant issues relating to Global Health - whether human, animal or environmental.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Further details of the potential for transfer to one of our host programmes can be found on the programme website:

Career opportunities

We value interdisciplinary debate on our courses and effective, professional communication skills form an important part of the outcomes of the programme.

Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in international and national organisations that manage global health issues.



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Poverty, austerity and the pressures of modern-day living are making mental health issues ever more visible in the UK today. Indeed, one in four people currently experiences a mental health problem. Read more
Poverty, austerity and the pressures of modern-day living are making mental health issues ever more visible in the UK today. Indeed, one in four people currently experiences a mental health problem. This flexible and unique programme is designed to allow you to build upon previous knowledge and experiences, as well as develop and demonstrate mastery in mental health related skills and knowledge in order to contribute to enhanced professional mental health practice, research and service development.

Why study MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Mental Health Studies at Middlesex?

This innovative course is suitable for those already working in the mental health field and enables you to study with others from a wide range of mental health settings and backgrounds. The diversity of this learning environment stimulates enhanced mental health knowledge, leading to improved practice and service development.

You can plan your own individual study pathway to meet specific personal, professional, academic and service needs. Furthermore, the optional modules can be taken at a pace and frequency that suits your circumstances, taking into account issues such as your location and work-life balance. The programme is designed so that, where possible, credits achieved through prior study are recognised as part of the award.

Course highlights:

- Middlesex is a leading provider of health education, with one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in London.
- We're also highly rated for our student support, which particularly helps students with non-traditional qualifications reach their potential.
- Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a dedicated building that can deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients.
- We have established relationships with London's leading mental health trusts.
- As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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This programme offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and develop the skills and expertise requirements of senior health professionals. Read more
This programme offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and develop the skills and expertise requirements of senior health professionals.

About the programme

Healthcare is evolving, placing an emphasis on the integration of health and social services to become more client-focused. You will enhance your existing skills base to develop academically and professionally and become an effective strategic leader.

NB: Applicants must have the English language and literary skills as per university guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules.

Your learning

The programme consists of core and option study modules set within a framework of inter-related themes including: contemporary issues; role enhancement; and evidence-based practice. Modules reflect relevant contemporary issues for healthcare professionals and are mapped against the core and specific dimensions of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. These are equally applicable to many professional and organisational groups. You will also have the opportunity to study areas of particular interest.

The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits i.e. one core and two option modules. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits – two core and one option module. MSc students must also complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module – 60 credits.

To gain the award of MSc Health Studies, students must complete 180 credits. Core modules include:

- Postgraduate Certificate:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges

- Postgraduate Diploma:
• Social Marketing in Health
• Research for Health and Social Care

Option modules include:
• Case Management within Family Health
• Clinical Teaching
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Independent Study
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Working with Families
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare

- MSc:
Research and Enquiry Dissertation (60 credits) – normally one year to complete.

Our Careers Adviser says

UWS graduates enjoy enhanced employability prospects within various health-related work areas including health improvement and
public health; health, nursing and midwifery; and management in the health and education sectors. Graduates have secured promotion as nurse consultants and others have taken up posts as university lecturers or developed lead roles within their organisation.

Students may undertake further study within UWS e.g. PhD and Professional Doctoral studies.

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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Healthcare delivery is evolving to meet the needs of clients, families and communities. Read more
Healthcare delivery is evolving to meet the needs of clients, families and communities. With an emphasis on integration within the health and social care services, this new online programme focuses on the complexities of working with families in the community and the promotion of case management skills required to achieve excellence in care.

About the programme

The programme recognises the increasing development of community healthcare delivery, addressing a gap in the educational needs of practitioners currently working within the diverse areas of health and social care. It also examines the global health challenges of an increasingly ageing population and the complexity that multi-morbidity of non-communicable disease presents. You will explore the significant health challenges of smoking, alcohol, widespread obesity and the associated impact on health resources.

The programme presents a real opportunity for students to explore current and alternative ways of working within family health, whilst
building on existing knowledge and expertise through the development of strategic critical thinking.

Your learning

There are core, option and independent study modules. The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits; two core and one option module. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits; two core and one option module. For the MSc you must complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module (60 credits). To gain the award of MSc Health Studies (Family Health) students must complete 180 credits.

- Postgraduate Certificate:
Core modules include:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges
• Working with Families

- Postgraduate Diploma:
Core modules include:
• Case Management within Family Health
• Research for Health and Social Care

Option modules include:
• Health Economics
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Independent Study in Health and Social Care
• Advanced Work-based Learning
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• The Business of Healthcare
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Clinical Teaching
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
• Social Marketing
• Supporting Normality in Childbirth

- MSc:
Research and Enquiry dissertation – normally one year to complete.

Our Careers Adviser says

This qualification offers a variety of career opportunities and destinations. Graduates work in various health-related fields including community health and social care, health improvement, public health, and practice development and management.

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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The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010). Read more
The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010).

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

The degree meets the specific requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for community nursing competence. The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific.

When you successfully complete this degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Learning Disability Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/943-msc-community-health-studies-community-learning-disabilities-nursing

What you will study

Year One:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods

Optional modules
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
- Transition
- Long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After 2 years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three:
- Dissertation

Learning and teaching methods

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

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The MSc Advanced Practice (Community Health Studies) course aims to offer a flexible and innovative educational opportunity to professionals working within community health and social care settings in order to develop and enhance practice. Read more
The MSc Advanced Practice (Community Health Studies) course aims to offer a flexible and innovative educational opportunity to professionals working within community health and social care settings in order to develop and enhance practice.

Advanced clinical practice is an evolving process in which new skills are continuously being developed and refined in response to the needs of clients and the development of services in community settings. This course has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in these settings by providing a range of modules to enable you to explore and develop your own practice.

Distinctive features:

• The opportunity to explore and analyse the changing needs of professional and clinical practice and develop the skills to deliver specialist areas of care.

• The opportunity to undertake an innovative course that offers a range of shared learning opportunities.

• The opportunity to undertake a course in which there is an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment, enabling students to access the latest evidence base on professional practice.

• The opportunity to undertake an innovative and creative course delivered by experienced educational and clinical staff who have developed a considerable local, national and international reputation.

• The opportunity to learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre.

Structure

There is a full-time (18 month) or part-time (4 years) specialist pathway of the MSc in Advanced Practice.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/advanced-practice-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/advanced-practice-community-health-studies-msc-part-time

Teaching

The notion of adult learning will inform the learning and teaching process and a range of learning and teaching methods will be used. Students enter the course with a wide range of skills and experiences and some may hold senior positions. These experiences will be used to enhance the learning process. Postgraduate degree level study involves taking responsibility for your own learning and this will be encouraged throughout the course. The learning and teaching methods range from tutorials, to student-led seminars, dialogue, problem-based learning, appreciative inquiry, skills workshops, self-directed study, discussion and debate and expert-led lectures.

Assessment

The assessments used within the MSc programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and where appropriate clinical practice. This includes written work such as reflective narratives, evidence-based literature reviews, essays and research critiques, examinations, case study analysis, practical tests, oral presentations, seminars, video and playback, tape recordings, viva, dissertations, project work and completion of portfolios.

Each assessment is accompanied by written guidelines and assessment criteria based on the QAA Code of Practice for assessments (QAA 2006). Wherever possible a proforma is produced to accompany a summative assessment. This may be in the form of marking criteria, competencies to be achieved, standards etc with clear guidelines relating to what is being assessed. This correlates with the learning outcomes of the programme/module.

Career Prospects

Advanced clinical practice is an evolving process in which new skills are continuously being developed and refined in response to the needs of clients and the development of services in community settings. This course has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in these settings by providing a range of modules to enable you to explore and develop your own practice.

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