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The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession. Read more

Why take this course?

The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession.

We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.

For further health information, please see our additional health information page.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by experts at the forefront of research and who are fully informed on developments within the social work field
Experience broad ranging teaching methods including simulation and workshops in preparation for, and during, two respective work placements
Work alongside service users and carers using creative and contemporary techniques in social work practice
Put your learning into action during your practice placements

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Master's course is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Social work practice
Community healthcare practice
Practice teaching
Voluntary organisations

Module Details

This Master's degree is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will give you the chance to acquire the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society. It will also enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults, or within a wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, who misuse substances, who are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system. You will study the following units:

Year One

Social Work Theory and Context
Evidence-based Practice and other approaches to research
Empowering service users and promoting inclusion
Practice Placement 1
Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (1)

Year Two

Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (2)
Project - Writing for a publication
Practice Placement 2
Critical Practice across Service User Groups

Programme Assessment

You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will support, advise and assist you throughout the course. We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, group work and other classroom strategies, group and creative work with service users and carers, and simulation work and skills workshops. To see examples of how we work closely with service users, visit http://www.swig.uk.net.

Assessment is primarily based on written, oral or portfolio evidence and is measured against HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Professional Capability Framework developed by the College of Social Work. There are no formal written examinations.

Student Destinations

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), enabling you to work as a professional social worker in a wide variety of statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. This course will enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults or in the wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, misuse substances, are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Social worker
Care manager
Persistent offender coordinator
Family support worker
Housing adviser

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This course attracts social science graduates, health and social care professionals and others who have an interest in issues such as gender equity and globalisation and their effects on the health and wellbeing of people in developing countries. Read more
This course attracts social science graduates, health and social care professionals and others who have an interest in issues such as gender equity and globalisation and their effects on the health and wellbeing of people in developing countries.

The ‘mainstreaming’ of social development is a key element of current development policy and practice. This course focuses on key issues considered within such developments, including gender awareness, the development of civil society, empowerment and the linkage between healthcare and other sectors.

This course will build on the participant’s experience, developing their understanding of the key factors and forces shaping the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations in low, middle income and transitional countries and focusing on specialist areas of social development (development policy analysis, frameworks for social analysis and sustainable livelihoods) and in an evidence-based critique of policy and practice.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.

For their dissertation projects, students often collaborate with organisations in the field of social development in resource poor settings or transitional economies.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time.

Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, at least three weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

15 credits: Global Health and Social Policy/ Social Development Policy and Practice/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Research Design and Proposal Writing (distance) or Qualitative Research/ Gender, Health and Development/ Project Design and
Management*
You will also study two 15 credit modules of your choice.
If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation.
Additional elective modules available.
Please contact for details.Please note module and degree names may change.

Careers

Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings including as Health Advisors for Save the Children UK and Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Senior Coordinator for International Operations at Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in Scottish NGOs, Public Health Policy Worker for first nation’s communities in northern Canada, humanitarian workers for Islamic Relief, internships at WHO as well as progressing to PhD studies.

Quick Facts

An opportunity to analyse the relationship between aspects of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.

For people seeking to work in resource poor or middle income and transitional economies.

Appraisal of effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.

Santander Scholarships

2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IGHD. Visit http://www. qmu.ac.uk/international/ fees_funding.htm for more information.

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The MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) is an innovative, flexible, inter-professional programme designed for the modern health and social care workforce including practitioners, practice education facilitators. Read more
The MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) is an innovative, flexible, inter-professional programme designed for the modern health and social care workforce including practitioners, practice education facilitators. This programme enables the professional to advance their management and leadership skills, develop their understanding of research and evaluation and progress clinical and teaching skills. The programme and its modules are available for any practitioner who aims to improve practice and service, in addition to enhancing their professional and personal development. The programme is also suitable for those who want to progress into higher qualification or for those practitioners who want to top up their qualification (eg PgDip Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care), PgCert Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care), PgCert Dyshagia, PGCert Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), PgCert Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL).

This is a flexible programme that allows students to plan their own unique pathway of CPD, offering multi-professional learning as well as discipline specific modules. There are core modules related to research and evaluation skills and project planning, delivered by an experienced and supportive team of academics. All other credits can be gained by completing modules from a range of CPD units delivered throughout the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Met.

Formal recognition for academic credits, at Level 7, achieved through previous study, may be considered through the Manchester Metropolitan University Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) system.

All units of study provide credits, which are built up to offer exit routes at the following stages:

• MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) (180 credits)

• PgDip Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) (120 credits)

• PgCert Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) (60 credits)

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This Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation and Clinical Learning has been designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment. Read more
This Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation and Clinical Learning has been designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment. It will equip you with a critical understanding of how simulation can be deployed to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the field of healthcare.

Simulation can be defined as emulating a real life situation in a controlled (non-real) environment, to safely provide a life-like experience. This creates the opportunity to act, reflect and obtain feedback to assist in achieving competence and progression towards expert level through deliberate and repeated practice in an ascending learning spiral.

The programme will be run on a multi-professional basis, allowing practitioners, managers and clinical educators from different professions and locations to share their knowledge, experience and skills. You will systematically and creatively analyse the complexities of clinical education and explore and articulate opportunities for developing simulation in your own practice.

What will I study?

The course will focus on furthering your understanding of simulation as a teaching, learning and assessment modality for clinicians.

In the first two modules, underpinning theory will be explored in relation to simulation, and the range of different potential types and uses of simulation will be examined in relation to existing literature.

You will then have the opportunity to specialise in the particular area of clinical education most suited to your own situation and professional interests. Pathways are available in Curriculum Design, Educational Leadership, Educational Supervision, Technology Enhanced Learning and Improving Practice.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through online blended learning, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with streamlined access to online reading materials, many of which have been specially optimised for use with mobile devices. It is designed to be ‘step on, step off’, offering flexibility for participants to study in a single year or over a maximum three-year period.

The online learning is blended with a small number of face-to-face workshops, typically up to three per module. Attendance at the face-to-face sessions is highly recommended but, due to the flexibility of the programme, it is not compulsory.

Edge Hill University is the usual location for face-to-face sessions. The campus provides a modern and stimulating environment for study and is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. The VLE is used to deliver the online elements of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. A range of assessment strategies are employed in this programme including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports, case studies, peer observation of teaching, the design of learning activities and the creation of portfolios. You will be supported by your academic tutors with academic skills practice and ‘formative feedback’ on work-in-progress. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module.

Who will be teaching me?

The academic team comprises highly experienced tutors from Edge Hill University, as well as a Visiting Professor and Emeritus Professor. Many of the team are research active in the fields of technology enhanced learning and clinical education and some are also University Teaching and Learning Fellows or SOLSTICE Fellows, with an extensive publication record.

Some of the academic tutors are, or have been, practising clinicians who have specialised in clinical education whilst others are experienced educationalists from a range of backgrounds. The team is further enhanced by an experienced learning technologist and there is guest input from clinical experts and practitioners.

What are my career prospects?

This PGCert will provide specialist knowledge that would be useful for any career in the field of healthcare that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice. In addition, the programme will enable you to develop the skills of critical analysis, critical reflection and the evaluation of research evidence commensurate with postgraduate study.

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This course is purpose-built to meet the clinical and professional development needs of the NHS workforce, including potential educators in simulation-based learning in the South East. Read more
This course is purpose-built to meet the clinical and professional development needs of the NHS workforce, including potential educators in simulation-based learning in the South East.

Simulation-based education is now widely used in training and this new course will allow participants to advance their skills and knowledge in amix of theoretical and practical sessions including group work activities, debriefing and feedback, the exploration of technical issues and fidelity, and the development of a simulation based project suited to the workplace setting.

Key Areas of Study

-Multidisciplinary approach to learning
-Gain an understanding of the evolution, variety and importance of human factors in healthcare practice
-Acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate simulation training
-Develop debriefing skills required to aide learners and subsequent reflection and development
-Develop a sound understanding of SBME principles
-Transformative learning
-Role of extrinsic and intrinsic feedback
-Evaluation of learning on patient care

Course Structure

Each module is delivered over the course of five days in the medical school at the University of Brighton. Modules are assessed by way of academic essays following the delivery of each module.
-MDM148 Principles and Practice of Simulation (20 credits)
-MDM149 Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation (20 credits)
-MDM28 Teaching and Learning in Medical Education (20 credits)

Career Opportunities

This PGCert will provide specialist knowledge that will be useful for any career in the field of healthcare that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice.

In addition, the programme will enable you to develop the skills of critical analysis, critical reflection and the evaluation of research evidence commensurate with postgraduate study.

Delegates who graduate from the PGCert will take with them specialist knowledge and the confidence to design simulation scenarios, and facilitate beneficial debriefing sessions.

As most graduates will already be employed in a medical educator role prior to starting the course, the PGCert is designed to increase the repertoire of the educators, and to enable them to deliver simulation sessions more effectively within their chosen setting.

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This course is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and to examine the opportunities and constraints created in the wider community in relation to the goal of attaining better health of a population. Read more
This course is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and to examine the opportunities and constraints created in the wider community in relation to the goal of attaining better health of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement.

The course focuses on: analysing the relationship between gender, health and development; identifying the many opportunities and constraints related to the social development of a community; appraisal of the impact of such opportunities and constraints on a planned health project or programme; and the effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

15 credits: Gender, Health and Development/ Project Design and Management/ Two from elective modules. Please contact for details

Careers

Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings including as Health Advisors for Save the Children UK and Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Senior Coordinator for International Operations at Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in Scottish NGOs, Public Health Policy Worker for first nation communities in northern Canada, humanitarian workers for Islamic Relief, Internships at WHO as well as progressing to PhD studies.

Quick Facts

Focus on the impact of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.

Applied and practical learning of frameworks and tools for use in planning and implementing health and social programmes in resource poor and middle income countries.

Teaching and learning is student centred, drawing on the experiences of what is normally an extremely diverse and international group of students.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Social Theory and Space 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 Social Theory and Space 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. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MSc by Research Social Theory and Space enables students to pursue a one year individual programme of research. The Social Theory and Space programme would normally terminate after a year. However, under appropriate circumstances, this first year of research can also be used in a progression to Year 2 of a PhD degree.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.

Key Features

Swansea is a research-led University and the Department makes a significant contribution, meaning that as a postgraduate Geography student you will benefit from the knowledge and skills of internationally renowned academics.

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Geography research at Swansea was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was regarded as World-leading or internationally excellent.

Facilities

As a student of the Social Theory and Space programme you will have access to:

Computer laboratory with 24 computers providing general IT software and programmes dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Computer laboratory with 10 high-performance Linux workstations delivering software tools for advanced GIS and remote sensing applications
Specialist laboratory suites for stable isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation
In addition, the computing facilities include 15 dual-processor workstations for Earth Observation, a 20-node multiprocessor Beowulf cluster, and the Department’s IBM ‘Blue Ice’ Supercomputer, used mainly for climate and glaciological modelling.

Research

All academic staff in Geography are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture and a strong postgraduate community.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Geography at Swansea University is ranked joint 9th in the UK for research impact and 11th in the UK for research environment.

Research groups include:

Environmental Dynamics
Glaciology
Global Environmental Modelling and Earth Observation
Migration, Boundaries and Identity
Social Theory and Urban Space

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The. L has been designed for practitioners with an interest in education and simulation from all health, social care and education disciplines to lead on the design, development and evaluation of simulation and technology enhanced learning. Read more
The

PG Cert STE

L has been designed for practitioners with an interest in education and simulation from all health, social care and education disciplines to lead on the design, development and evaluation of simulation and technology enhanced learning. This award enables the student to study a theoretical and a practical based unit at level 7 before completing an independent study unit. The independent study unit will facilitate the students’ to use of their newly acquired knowledge and skills to develop a work based project that will be unique to their practice/workplace.

For the

PGCert STE

L you will need to successfully complete the three[[ core units]]:
Simulation in Healthcare: Learning Theory, Curriculum Design and Evaluation (20 credits)
Simulation in Healthcare: Practical Application (20 credits).
Contemporary Issues in Practice (Independent study unit) (20 credits)

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This course explores how businesses use CSR to approach issues such as sustainable development. You will explore CSR in the context of international business, its strategic role in modern international companies and develop a deeper understanding of its potential impact on economic indicators. Read more

About the course

This course explores how businesses use CSR to approach issues such as sustainable development. You will explore CSR in the context of international business, its strategic role in modern international companies and develop a deeper understanding of its potential impact on economic indicators.
•Global business school
The diverse nature of the staff and student cohort means you will experience and benefit from a truly international learning environment allowing you to identify new opportunities in a range of contexts
•Apply theory in an international context
By embracing two different business approaches, you will gain the ability to identify and exploit opportunities to launch and grow businesses in an international setting thereby enhancing your employability
•Tailor your course depending on your interests
This course offers a carefully selected relevant range of optional modules allowing you to tailor the course to your career aspirations, be that launching a small business or growing an established company
•Excellent student experience
Enjoy trips to multi-national companies such as Mini (BMW) which will allow you to apply and understand theory in industry.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. You will also benefit from exciting guest lectures and visits to companies such as Mini (BMW).
Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams. In addition, a particular feature of the course will be to take part in a state-of-the-art, computer driven business simulation exercise, which will integrate many aspects of your learning and development.

Course modules

•Accounting for Managers
•Critical Management in a Global Context
•Corporate Social Responsibility
•Research Methods
•International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources
•People Management and Organisation
•Work/Community-based Reflective Live Case Study

You will also select one elective module which might include:
•Globalisation
•International Marketing and Ethics
•International Finance
•International HRM
•Corporate Governance
•Contemporary Business Model Generation
•The Social and Sustainable Face of Marketing

Dissertation – You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of international business and corporate social responsibility (in its broadest sense). You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Graduate careers

Most international organisations whether private or public sector have CSR experts and are likely to expand these roles as the area grows.Similarly there is a growth in specialist consultancies, both independently and as part of international accountancy firms. Our recent graduates have obtained positions in international companies, consultancies and non-profit organisations where their CSR knowledge has been valued.

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Adult Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career choice. It's one in which you can make a real and positive contribution to people with long and short-term health problems who are facing some of the most challenging experiences of their lives. Read more
Adult Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career choice. It's one in which you can make a real and positive contribution to people with long and short-term health problems who are facing some of the most challenging experiences of their lives.

If you have a relevant bachelor's degree, this three-year pre-registration master's degree gives you the chance to undertake an Adult Nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The course is available part-time and full-time on both the Oxford and Swindon campuses.

If you are interested in this course, you should consider attending an Undergraduate Open Day.

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

Why choose this course?

- We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- Throughout the course, you will benefit from an interprofessional approach to learning in which you will study with other health and social care students. This will help to prepare you for work in the current health care environment.

- 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 (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).

- 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 in their specialist areas locally or across the region.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- 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.

- We are 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.

Teaching and learning

We teach 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, physiotherapy 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 in 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 including classrooms and a lecture theatre, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, featuring 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 an extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

Approach to assessment

You will be asked to produce a number of different types of written work throughout your study, including critical appraisals, reflective work and case studies. Some assignments will also require you to present work to faculty staff and peers.

Assessment of practice learning occurs both within the 'practice modules' - Professional Practice Experience (PPE) modules - and also in the 'practice-related' modules. All students have a Practice Assessment Document which contains a competency framework to assess practice.

As a postgraduate student with more highly developed academic skills and a self-directed approach, you are expected to work to produce material that is creative and original. You will be encouraged to try out the creative application of new or existing ideas or theory to address contemporary practice problems, health and social care policy or health and social care needs.

Careers

When you qualify there is a very wide range of specialist options and lifelong learning opportunities you can pursue, whether you choose to work in the NHS in hospital, or the community, or in the independent sector with private or voluntary organisations. UK-trained nurses are also highly valued throughout the world and there are many opportunities to work overseas.

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 Oxford University, and 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, with a significant record of research and publications. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector.

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 highly sought-after graduates benefit from a programme that integrates training in identifying, framing and effectively researching social problems with a leading computational approach to social science. Read more
Our highly sought-after graduates benefit from a programme that integrates training in identifying, framing and effectively researching social problems with a leading computational approach to social science.

Furthermore, we are home to the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) and its world-leading expertise in agent-based modelling.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Interest in simulation has grown rapidly in the social sciences. New methods have been developed to tackle this complexity. This programme will integrate traditional and new methods, to model complexity, evolution and the adaptation of social systems.

These new methods are having an increasing influence on policy research through a growing recognition that many social problems are insufficiently served by traditional policy modelling approaches.

The Masters in Social Science and Complexity will equip you to develop expertise in the methods necessary to tackle complex, policy-relevant, real-world social problems through a combination of traditional and computational social science methods, and with a particular focus on policy relevance.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. 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.
-Data Analysis
-Field Methods
-Computational Modelling
-Theory Model Data
-Modelling the Complex World
-Policy Modelling
-Theory and Method
-Statistical Modelling
-Evaluation Research
-Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The main aims of the programme are to:
-Provide an appropriate training for students preparing MPhil/PhD theses, or for 
 students going on to employment involving the use of social science and policy research
-Provide training that fully integrates social science, policy modelling and computational methodologies to a high standard
-Provide training resulting in students with high quality analytic, methodological, computational and communication skills

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
-Develop skills in tackling real world policy problems with creativity and sound methodological judgment
-Cover the principles of research design and strategy, including formulating research 
questions or hypotheses and translating these into practicable research designs and models
-Introduce students to the methodological and epistemological issues surrounding research in the social sciences in general and computational modelling in particular
-Develop skills in programming in NetLogo for the implementation of agent-based models for the modelling of social phenomena
-Develop skills in the acquisition and analysis of social science data
-Make students aware of the range of secondary data available and equip them to evaluate its utility for their research
-Develop skills in searching for and retrieving information, using library and Internet resources
-Develop skills in the use of SPSS, and in the main statistical techniques of data analysis, including multivariate analysis
-Develop skills in the use of CAQDAS software for the analysis of qualitative data
-Develop skills in writing, in the preparation of a research proposal, in the presentation ofresearch results and in verbal communication
-Help students to prepare their research results for wider dissemination, in the form of seminar papers, conference presentations, reports and publications, in a form suitable for a range of audiences, including academics, stakeholders, policy makers, professionals, service users and the general public

Knowledge and understanding
-Show advanced knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and computational methodologies in the social science
-Show advanced knowledge of modelling methodologies, model construction and analysis
-Show critical understanding of methodological and epistemological challenges of social science and computer modelling
-Show critical awareness and understanding of the methodological implications of a range of sociological theories and approaches
-Show understanding the use and value of a wide range of different research approaches across the quantitative and qualitative spectra
-Show advanced knowledge in data collection, analysis and data driven modelling
-Show advanced knowledge of policy relevant social science research and modelling
-Show advanced understanding of the policy process and the role of social science and modelling therein
-Show advanced knowledge of statistical modelling

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Systematically formulate researchable problems; analyse and conceptualise issues; critically appreciate alternative approaches to research; report to a range of audiences
-Conceptual development of Social Science and Complexity models to creatively enhance the understanding of social phenomena
-Integration of qualitative, quantitative and computational data
-Judgement of problem-methodology match
-Analyse qualitative and quantitative data drawn both from ‘real world’ and ‘virtual world’ environments, using basic and more advanced techniques, and draw warranted conclusions
-Develop original insights, questions, analyses and interpretations in respect of research questions
-Critically evaluate the range of approaches to research

Professional practical skills
-Formulate, design, plan, carry out and report on a complete research project
-Use the range of traditional and computational techniques employed in sociological research
-Ability to produce well founded, data driven and validated computational models
-Generate both quantitative and qualitative data through an array of techniques, and select techniques of data generation on appropriate methodological bases
-Employ a quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative software package to manage and analyse data
-Plan, manage and execute research as part of a team and as a sole researcher
-Ability to communicate research findings models in social science and policy relevant ways
-Ability to manage independent research

Key / transferable skills
-Communicate complex ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means
-Apply computational modelling methodology to complex social issues in appropriate ways
-Creativity in approaching complex problems and a the ability of communicating and justifying problem solutions
-Apply computing skills for computational modelling, research instrument design, data analysis, and report writing and presentation
-Work to deadlines and within work schedules
-Work independently or as part of a team
-Demonstrate experience of a work environment

PLACEMENTS

On the MSc Social Science and Complexity, we offer the opportunity to take a research placement during the Easter vacation. This will provide you with first-hand experience of real-life policy research in action.

Organisations in which placements might be possible are a number of consultancies (e.g. Sandtable), government departments (e.g. Defra) and academic research centres (e.g. Centre for Policy Modelling at Manchester).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Computational methods and especially computer-based simulations, are becoming increasingly important in academic social science and policy making.

Graduates might find career opportunities in government departments, consultancies, government departments, consultancies, NGOs and academia.

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 flexible, part-time programme is designed for lecturers in higher education and clinically based professionals who support the learning of others. Read more
This flexible, part-time programme is designed for lecturers in higher education and clinically based professionals who support the learning of others.

It will guide you through the PgC award – the professional teaching qualification for teachers of nurses and midwives that is required and recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This course is approved by the Higher Education Academy and affords Fellowship status on completion.

The PgC is based on the eight domains of practice outlined by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC). For each of these domains, you will explore approaches to the learning of individuals and groups. Assessment is through a portfolio of work-based evidence that includes some academic writing.

This is followed by the PgD and MSc stages of the degree, which you can tailor to develop your knowledge and practice for a range of contexts. You will have choice and flexibility in your module choices and the dissertation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/364-msc-education-for-health-and-social-care-professionals

The PgC is based on the eight domains of practice outlined by the NMC. For each of these domains, you will explore approaches to the learning of individuals and groups. Assessment is through a portfolio of work-based evidence that includes some academic writing. This is followed by the PgD and MSc stages of the award, which you can tailor to develop your knowledge and practice for a range of contexts. You will have choice and flexibility in your module choices and the dissertation.

What You Will Study

Modules:
- Facilitating and Assessing Individual Learning
- Designing, Facilitating and Assessing Group Learning
- Research Methods
- E-moderating/E-learning
- Learning Through Simulation
- Academic Supervision
- Theory and Models of Clinical Supervision
- Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

You will also complete a dissertation, the format and topic of which will be negotiated and agreed with your tutor.

Learning and teaching methods

You will learn through a variety of study methods such as small group learning, problem based learning, project work and individual academic supervision. You may also take part in e-forums and some modules are facilitated through e-learning.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

All exit awards support personal and professional development. Having completed this degree, a number of graduates have been rewarded with promotion and career development opportunities.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through assignments and teaching practice. Completion of your dissertation will be negotiated and supported through an agreed learning contract.

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This course is approved by the Higher Education Academy and affords Fellowship status on completion. The PgC is based on the eight domains of practice outlined by the NMC. Read more
This course is approved by the Higher Education Academy and affords Fellowship status on completion.

The PgC is based on the eight domains of practice outlined by the NMC. For each of these domains, you will explore approaches to the learning of individuals and groups. Assessment is through a portfolio of work-based evidence that includes some academic writing. This is followed by the PgD and MSc stages of the award, which you can tailor to develop your knowledge and practice for a range of contexts. You will have choice and flexibility in your module choices and the dissertation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/918-postgraduate-certificate-education-for-health-and-social-care-professionals

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Facilitating and Assessing Individual Learning
- Designing, Facilitating and Assessing Group Learning
- Research Methods
- E-moderating/E-learning
- Learning Through Simulation
- Academic Supervision
- Theory and Models of Clinical Supervision
- Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

You will also complete a dissertation, the format and topic of which will be negotiated and agreed with your tutor.

Learning and teaching methods

You will learn through a variety of study methods such as small group learning, problem based learning, project work and individual academic supervision. You may also take part in e-forums and some modules are facilitated through e-learning.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

All exit awards support personal and professional development. Having completed this award, a number of graduates have been rewarded with promotion and career development opportunities.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through assignments and teaching practice. Completion of your dissertation will be negotiated and supported through an agreed learning contract.

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The Higher Professional Education programme builds the knowledge and skills and challenge the attitudes of those currently involved in professional education in the context of health and social care. Read more
The Higher Professional Education programme builds the knowledge and skills and challenge the attitudes of those currently involved in professional education in the context of health and social care. It offers the opportunity to understand the emerging nature of professional education in health and social care, its context and your role within it. It also aids the development of your knowledge, skills and expertise as an educational practitioner, curriculum developer and strategic planner in your chosen area.

This programme is open to applicants who are currently practising in a health or social care setting within the UK. The programme starts in September or January and is designed for a wide range of health and social care professionals who are involved in education, training or facilitation for all or part of their role.

The programme will provide a framework for you to:
- appraise critically your role and that of others within health and social care education
- develop a greater depth of understanding of the nature of professional education
- develop your knowledge, skills and experience as practitioners, curriculum developers and/or strategic planners.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/higher-professional-education-/

Why choose this course?

- We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- 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 (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).

- We support multi- and interprofessional learning and teaching and offer 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.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.

- 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.

Teaching and learning

The course team is committed to embedding the principles of adult learning into their own practice as educators. By this we mean valuing, and drawing on, the richness and experience of course members, encouraging them to be actively engaged in the learning process and developing a partnership approach between teaching staff and course members based on self-awareness, negotiation and mutual respect.

There is a strong commitment to participative teaching methods, such as student-centred learning, which is achieved through a partnership approach built upon mutual respect and negotiation. Reflection is used at many levels and provides a valuable strategy for examining and integrating theory and practice, and for monitoring and evaluating individual learning. There is also strong emphasis on acknowledging the rights, roles and expectations of clients in practice as well as those whom you support in your learning.

You are expected to explore your own practice, recognising potentially discriminatory practices, reflecting on them and incorporating change where appropriate.

Assessment is based on coursework. Throughout the course the assessments are designed to help you focus on the areas most appropriate to your field of work. The emphasis on self-assessment promotes reflection and self-awareness in analysing academic and professional abilities.

How this course helps you develop

Personal and professional development:
- opportunities to develop postgraduate attributes for example digital literacy, communication and teamworking
- networking and working collaboratively with colleagues from a range of professions and specialities.

Careers

Graduates are employed in a range of education roles within health and social care services and academic organisations.

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.

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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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