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The Master of Nursing Practice will provide a professional nursing qualification for individuals who have gained an Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university. Read more
The Master of Nursing Practice will provide a professional nursing qualification for individuals who have gained an Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university. This program builds on prior knowledge and skills and facilitates the development of professional nursing practice through engagement with expert clinical nurses, contemporary nursing theory and evidence.

Nurses are in demand throughout the world because they are vital to the health and wellbeing of every country and person. As a nurse, you can have a variety of roles or work in a number of specialty areas – such as acute care, paediatrics and medical surgical.

On enrolment, a medical certificate specifying the student's current health and immunisation status is required.

Students will also be asked to obtain a National Police Certificate (annual requirement) and a Working With Children Check on enrolment in the program.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/nursing-practice-3966?domestic=true

Overview

If you're not happy with the direction your career has taken, here's your chance to explore alternative options for a satisfying, fulfilling and respected profession.

Monash nursing graduates are among the most sought after in the world because of our teaching quality and access to hands on learning in major teaching hospitals.

This intensive program gives graduates with non-nursing degrees the opportunity to switch careers and reap the rewards of becoming a highly skilled carer.

The chance it offers to rethink careers is changing the face of nursing, with many more men represented in the course than in nursing generally, where only about 10 per cent of nurses are male.

Lee Horsley, one of the first students to enrol in this new degree, had been raising a young family and working 60-hours a week in his plant nursery before deciding to take his mother's advice and become a nurse as she had been.

"For the first time I feel that I am doing what I should be doing," he said at the time. On his first day, he discovered that half of his fellow students were men from a range of backgrounds, including engineering, law, teaching and IT.

He says nursing "absolutely benefits from a better gender balance".

The course is an effective blend of theory and practice, with about half your study week spent in class and the other half in clinical practice, allowing you to apply and reinforce new knowledge quickly.

And with Monash's links to leading research centres and teaching hospitals across metropolitan and regional Victoria, you'll have access to great facilities and learn from some of the most experienced and capable medical practitioners and researchers in the country.

Monash also leads the way in teaching health educators to teach more effectively and in the use of simulated learning - so skilled instructors help you practise new techniques on dummies before people.

You can study the course at our Clayton campus, but, because of its intensity, only on a full-time basis.

The Master of Nursing Practice is not a postgraduate degree for individuals who are already nurses and who wish to undertake study to advance their practice or who wish to pursue a research pathway.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the Master of Nursing Practice demonstrates that a candidate has attained competence in delivering nursing care and is eligible to be registered as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Professional recognition (Australian)

On completion of this degree, graduates will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/medicine

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/nursing-practice-3966?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Please note that the intermediate awards offered do not permit registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Our MSc Adult Nursing course has been designed for graduates with care experience who wish to develop a career as a registered nurse and join one of the most rewarding professions in health care. Read more
Please note that the intermediate awards offered do not permit registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Overview

Our MSc Adult Nursing course has been designed for graduates with care experience who wish to develop a career as a registered nurse and join one of the most rewarding professions in health care. Our course will provide you with a wide range of experiences and prepare you to deliver high quality care with confidence. All of our pre-registration nursing courses are developed by nurses for nurses and will support you to work with health care teams to meet the needs of vulnerable adults requiring health care across a variety of settings. Learning and working at Masters level will support you to shape and improve your future profession and the health care experiences of patients in your care.

Adult nurses have a unique role within the healthcare setting. Making a positive change or improving the quality of people’s lives is a central tenet of this role. This may involve enabling people to improve, maintain, or recover their health, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever the circumstances.

We are committed to the principles and values of the NHS Constitution (DH, 2013) and our Adult Nursing course promotes the behaviours and values that patients and staff believe to be at the heart of our NHS. These include respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, working together for patients and the understanding that everyone counts.

The course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It will take you from university lectures to clinical placement settings, from young to mature adults. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, working with mulita-skilled teams in patients’ own homes or in the middle of a variety of hospital settings, from accident & emergency through to medical or surgical areas or providing compassionate care for patients with life limiting illnesses.

We’ll support you all the way. You’ll soon discover that our faculty is a stimulating place to learn, with modern facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques. We’re passionate about healthcare and dedicated to delivering the values set out by the NHS Constitution.

You’ll have the chance to share experiences and knowledge with other health care disciplines and to see how the professions work together.

Teaching on campus takes place between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. On placement, you’ll be allocated to a mentor who will support your development and you’ll be expected to work the same shifts as the health care team and your mentor. Each week you will work 37.5 hours. This will include early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. Each year, five weeks’ of annual leave is built into the course at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time.

Each of the two years is divided in three 30-credit modules. Each module will start with theory, followed by a hospital or community placement. A series of short Medicines Calculations modules are also embedded through the course.

Placements last around 5 weeks and will include both acute and community settings. Placement opportunities include: Older Person’s Care, Dementia Care, District Nursing, Surgical Setting, Acute Care Nursing and many more. Your final placement will be 12 weeks in length and you will also undertake additional placements each year which will enable you to explore other areas.

You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.

If you study in Cambridge or Peterborough, you’ll do your placement in or around Cambridge, Huntingdon or Peterborough. You’ll get plenty of support from experienced mentors.

Our state of the art skills laboratories provide an ideal environment in which to learn a suite of practical skills in the safety of the university. This ensures that you gain understanding about the underpinning evidence that supports these skills, preparing you for the delivery of these skills in the practice setting.

In year 2 of the course you may choose the option to undertake an overseas placement and gain insight into another health care system.

Careers

All pre-registration nursing courses delivered by Anglia Ruskin University are approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful completion of the MSc Nursing course, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC and join a profession with a wide range of opportunity. You may choose to become a community professional, such as a practice nurse, or to work as a staff nurse within a hospital. With experience you could become a nursing specialist or nurse consultant. You may enjoy managing a health care team or leading a specialist team in, for example, the community setting. Nurses also undertake roles in research and education.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules -

- Evidence Based Knowledge and Skills for Nursing:
This first module aims to prepare students for the knowledge and skills required to deliver fundamental and safe care. A series of key strands which underpin nursing practice will be commenced in this module including: patient safety; human anatomy and physiology; health promotion and the recognition of the nurse’s role in public health; mental health and common mental health problems; leadership skills and the use of research evidence that underpins care provision. Communication and interpersonal skills will also be considered including principles of de-escalation and the importance of sound interpersonal and professional skills in practice.

- Promoting Professional Practice in Nursing:
In this module students will be supported to understand the significance of prioritising patients as central to the role of the nurse and a key component of the NMC Code (2015). Person-centred care will be addressed through the exploration of patient autonomy and patients' rights. The concepts of advocacy, raising concerns and candour will provide students with an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters that support the delivery of safe care. The module builds on knowledge of bioscience and clinical skills to further enhance delivery of safe fundamental care. Introductions to leadership, management and team working will be provided.

- Nursing Adults with Challenging Health Needs:
This module addresses the complexities of long term conditions and palliative care for adult patients. Preventing the development of long term conditions and life-threatening disease, promoting health and wellbeing and supporting adults with long term conditions to live well independently are key aspects of the nurse’s role. Effective integrated care is critical to the patient experience and students will explore the impact of national drivers from a theoretical and practice based perspective, with a focus on the use and effectiveness of care pathways. This module provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical skills and ethical and legal issues to meet the challenges faced by those affected by long term and life limiting conditions.
- Medicine Calculations for Safe Practice 1

Year two, core modules -

- Ensuring the Safety of Patients Experiencing Acute Illness:
Patients become acutely unwell in clinical or home settings. This module will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. Students will explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment. Alongside theory input students will participate in clinical scenarios around deteriorating patients (e.g. acute respiratory failure, acute coronary syndrome, and sepsis). Computer-controlled mannequins and simulation skills environments will be utilised to develop students’ skills in recognising and responding to patient deterioration.

- Decision Making, Leadership and Management in Nursing:
This theory/practice module enables students to enhance their leadership, peer coaching and decision making skills. The module aims to develop a varied and flexible repertoire of skills to be able to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams, in the often challenging environments encountered in modern clinical practice. The module promotes students’ growth and expertise in professional knowledge and judgment, focusing on self-awareness and personal development. Development of key management skills of leadership, assertiveness, delegation and coaching will be provided as well as tools for resilience to withstand the stresses and pressures of practice.

- Major Project - MSc Nursing Adult:
This theory/practice module comprises a major project that is situated in and developed from the care setting. During the final practice placement, students will be expected to negotiate an area for service improvement to enhance the patient experience. This module will consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained in clinical management and leadership and seeks to complement these with insight to mechanisms for improving the quality of healthcare. Understanding and applying concepts of quality assurance, clinical governance, standard setting and the role of audit in maintaining standards will be key drivers.
- Medicine Calculations for Safe Practice 2
- Medicine Calculations for Safe Practice 3

Assessment -

To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, written exams, and multi-choice questions. We know feedback is essential for your progress and our lecturers take pride in giving you clear guidance on how to improve your expertise. Assessment also takes place in the practice setting and your mentor will support your development and undertake your assessment in each of your placements.

Where you'll study

Your faculty -

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Cambridge - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

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Do you want to specialise in trauma and orthopaedic surgery? Establish your career and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner, with a focus on trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Gain the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care. Work alongside experienced surgical consultants and take part in sessions run by medical professionals.

Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your practical skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop your existing professional skills and learn how to undertake a comprehensive health assessment including history taking, clinical examination, diagnosis and documentation in the advanced consulting and clinical skills module. You’ll discover how to create effective treatment and management strategies and gain advanced skills through clinical practice experience, utilising relevant theoretical models and decision making processes.

Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to excel as a surgical care practitioner, specialising in trauma and orthopaedic surgery through the surgical care practitioner specialist practice module. You’ll develop an understanding of the pathological, clinical, and practical aspects of both trauma and orthopaedic surgical practice and master the necessary surgical techniques.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During the PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP703 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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-The programme offers a myriad of exciting and rewarding experiences that will build on your current knowledge and life experiences and help you to make the most of the opportunities available to you as a student and eventually a registered adult nurse. Read more
-The programme offers a myriad of exciting and rewarding experiences that will build on your current knowledge and life experiences and help you to make the most of the opportunities available to you as a student and eventually a registered adult nurse
-As a student on this programme your learning will help you to make a difference not only to the individual service user and his/ her family but to the whole health care team and organisation
-The programme offers students the chance to develop knowledge associated with altered anatomy and physiology as well as manage the complex challenges associated with the psychology and sociology of health and ill-health
-This scientific understanding will be combined with opportunities to learn how to develop human relationships effectively with a diverse range of people, many of whom are vulnerable and need support that is unique to them
-Students will develop critical thinking skills and will be able to appraise and apply complex evidence to their learning in order to make rational decisions relating to patient care and professional judgement

Why choose this course?

-This 2 year full time programme is especially designed for people who already hold a first degree wishing to become registered nurses. At the end of the programme you will be ready to take a key role in delivering and leading high quality care for service users
-You will also help service users make well-informed decisions relating to their health care needs and preferences by focussing on communication, professional, team working and leadership skills
-50% of learning will occur at the university studying the theory or nursing and 50% of learning will occur in practice placements so that you can integrate what you have learned and are “fit for purpose” in today’s health care settings
-Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice

Professional Accreditations

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice.

Careers

Once you have completed the programme and registered with the NMC, most people get some experience as a staff nurse, usually within community or in-patient organisations operating within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors of health. The opportunities are endless but some ‘typical’ career options are presented below.
-Some people are keen to remain working directly with service users in clinical areas and seek promotion to senior staff nurse or ward sister / manager roles where their expertise is used to lead care given by a team of nurses. Some adult nurses develop particular clinical skills and knowledge that will allow them to become specialist nurses in a given area of care (e.g. district nurse, clinical nurse specialist or nurse consultant).
-These clinical grades co-exist within a wider career framework incorporating management roles such as Modern Matron all the way through to very senior board level roles such as Director of Nursing in an NHS Primary Care or Acute Trust. These roles involve managing multi-million pound budgets and directly leading/ managing a large number of staff as well as strategically influencing how the NHS responds to new developments.
-Some nurses develop interest in research and education and opt to pursue educationally focussed careers within the NHS or in further and higher education institutions such as the University of Hertfordshire. They still retain their professional registration and unique identity as an Adult Nurse but are involved in advancing nursing knowledge and influence through research and education.

Wherever your career takes you, as an Adult Nurse you will never stop learning and will undertake a variety of training and education throughout your career. This might be formal education such as specialist clinical courses or PhD studies or essential skills training associated with professional practice.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including:
-Supervised practice experiences in clinical settings and simulation labs
-Interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures at University
-Seminars and workshops incorporating for example ,case/ care plan presentations, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics
-Laboratory based practical work/ experiments
-Learning technologies for example video, podcasts, digital storyboards and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These packages are supported by an extremely well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week
-Individual and group based tutorials will also feature in your learning experience

Work Placement

You will experience a wide variety of clinical settings including for example:
-Acute Care settings such as general and specialist surgical wards, medical wards, accident and emergency departments etc
-Community based settings such as working with district nurses in service users own homes or in facilities such as GP practices, nursing homes or community hospitals
-You may be placed in settings such as hospices and other private or voluntary organisations which care for a variety of medical conditions and illnesses and health care needs

Placements are organised in blocks of variable duration and will be located anywhere in London. Whilst on placement, you will be supported by a mentor (a qualified nurse who has undertaken post qualifying learning in practice based education); a link lecturer (an academic from within the school who supports mentors in placement areas) and wealth of supportive services available on campus through the student union and student services.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Holistic Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult
-Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions
-Nursing in Context
-Understanding Nursing Practice

Year 2
Core Modules
-Advanced Nursing Care of the Adult Patient
-Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education
-Health Promotion
-Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Care
-Transitions to Professional Practice

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Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Year 1
Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop further specialist knowledge and skills, enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. You'll also learn the principles of data collection and analysis, demonstrating clinical reasoning and judgement.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP702 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Adult nurses help care for people over 18 who are ill, injured, or have physical disabilities. They check patients' progress and decide with doctors what care to give, as well as advising and supporting patients and their relatives. Although, demanding and intense work, it can also be exceptionally rewarding.

This innovative two year course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities across both general medical and surgical wards as well as specialist units such as Accident and Emergency or intensive care. Many of our graduates take their first posts as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals in which they gained experience during their training.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work with qualified practitioners both to gain experience of the differing clinical environments, and to appreciate the expertise of these specialist nurses whilst on placement.

Top-up to MSc

By adding the research element of a dissertation (an extended and independent piece of written research), you'll be able to graduate with a Masters-level qualification.

Modules

You will be taught separately from the traditional three-year undergraduate students and will study the following:

Year 1

Improving quality, change management and leadership
Biology and pharmacology for health
Person centred care
Building practice skills for adult nursing
Practice experience year 1

Year 2

Care of the adult deteriorating patient
Caring for the older adult
Enhancing practice skills for adult nursing
Research in health and social care
Practice experience year 2
Plus a dissertation (for the award of MSc only).

Placements

During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse. Although sometimes challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a nurse.

At LSBU, you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. If you are based at our Southwark campus you are able to experience placements at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, University College London Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital. You will also undertake a placement in the community. If you are based at our Havering campus you are able to experience placements at Newham University Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, King George Hospital and Queen's Hospital; along with a placement within the community.

Placements are spread over the two years:

Your first clinical placements are designed to introduce you to working in a professional setting and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, infection control and learn about safeguarding vulnerable people.

You will then begin to take on more responsibility, progressing your clinical reasoning skills and begin to look small groups of patients making confident, proactive decision for their health management with little supervision.

Whilst in the clinical placement we ensure you receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Facilities

Adult Nursing skills laboratories
We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. Our nursing skills labs; set up like hospital wards are used by all student nurses and midwives throughout their courses. They learn manual handling and basic life support skills and skills that are specific to their field of nursing or midwifery.

SimMan
The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient. SimMan can be male or converted to female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse.

Employability

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching which leads to a professional qualification leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities across both general medical and surgical wards as well as specialist units such as Accident and Emergency or intensive care. Many graduates take their first post as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals which they gained experience during their training. Recent graduates have achieved prominent employment positions in areas such as advanced clinical practice, management of health services or as researchers or lecturers.

Successful graduates of the PgDip can top-up to MSc in one year and will be qualified to study a range of further specialist postgraduate pathways. With additional experience, advanced practice is available at Masters level with the potential to progress to doctorate studies. Once you are a registered nurse browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your practical skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Year 1
Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop further specialist knowledge and skills, enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. You'll also learn the principles of data collection and analysis, demonstrating clinical reasoning and judgement.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP704 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery). Read more
Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery). Consider approaches to care delivery, investigate the surgical patient experience and conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own needs, enabling you to practice at an advanced level in this emerging specialist role. PLEASE NOTE: You must have completed the corresponding PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner programme to enrol for this award.

Key features

-Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge through learning tailored to your specialty.
-Consider research approaches to care delivery and investigate the surgical patient experience.
-Expand your research knowledge and skills to design and conduct your own study.
-Benefit from professorial academic, and theoretical teaching. Visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Further your career progression through the Knowledge and Skills Framework on completion of the MSc - national examples include practitioners achieving Band 8a and 8b, who manage their own operation lists, or organise and deliver screening and follow-up programmes.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Programme overview
Note: students must have completed a PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery to enrol for this award.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own speciality and workplace.

Core modules
-SPP701 Substantive Professional Project
-APP703 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery). Read more
Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery). Consider approaches to care delivery, investigate the surgical patient experience and conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own needs, enabling you to practice at an advanced level in this emerging specialist role. PLEASE NOTE: You must have completed the corresponding PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner programme to enrol for this award.

Key features

-Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge through learning tailored to your specialty.
-Consider research approaches to care delivery and investigate the surgical patient experience.
-Expand your research knowledge and skills to design and conduct your own study.
-Benefit from professorial academic, and theoretical teaching. Visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Further your career progression through the Knowledge and Skills Framework on completion of the MSc - national examples include practitioners achieving Band 8a and 8b, who manage their own operation lists, or organise and deliver screening and follow-up programmes.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Note: students must have completed a PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner within a relevant Abdominal, Pelvic or General Surgery specialty to enrol for this award.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own speciality and workplace.

Core modules
-SPP701 Substantive Professional Project
-APP703 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery). Read more
Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery). Consider approaches to care delivery, investigate the surgical patient experience and conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own needs, enabling you to practice at an advanced level in this emerging specialist role. PLEASE NOTE: You must have completed the corresponding PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner programme to enrol for this award.

Key features

-Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge through learning tailored to your specialty.
-Consider research approaches to care delivery and investigate the surgical patient experience.
-Expand your research knowledge and skills to design and conduct your own study.
-Benefit from professorial academic, and theoretical teaching. Visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Further your career progression through the Knowledge and Skills Framework on completion of the MSc - national examples include practitioners achieving Band 8a and 8b, who manage their own operation lists, or organise and deliver screening and follow-up programmes.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Note: students must have completed a PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner in Cardiothoracic Surgery to enrol for this award.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own speciality and workplace.

Core modules
-SPP701 Substantive Professional Project
-APP703 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Course Aims. Nurses will become qualified as a Dental Nurse,. GDC registered. and. legally allowed to work within the allowed remits of their job role as. Read more

Course Aims

• Nurses will become qualified as a Dental Nurse, GDC registered and

legally allowed to work within the allowed remits of their job role as

a Dental Nurse

• Minimal time taken away from practice: the majority of the qualification

will be delivered online allowing you/your staff to learn at a time and

place that suits you

• The practice will receive a year’s worth of free CPD to support their

continued learning needs

• The learner and other practice members will receive preferential

treatment for our other qualifications (ILM, foundation and postgraduate)

BREAKDOWN OF UNITS TAUGHT WITHIN DIPLOMA

• First Aid Essentials

• Reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting

• The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse

• Prepare and maintain environment, instruments and equipment for

clinical dental procedures

• Principles of infection control in the dental environment

• Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients’ oral health

• Contribute to the production of dental images

• Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of

periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities

• Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable

prostheses

• Provide chairside support for the non-surgical endodontic treatment

• Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral

surgery

• Provide information and support to patients on the protection of their

oral health

• Assessment of oral health and treatment planning

• Dental radiography

• Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures

WORKSHOPS

• Mock technical certificate examination

• Revision techniques

• Preparation and experience in sitting the technical examination

• Feedback and help

METHODS OF STUDY

• Tutor Support

• Technical Unit Exams

• Workshop

• Online Learning Platform

• Personal Development Plan

• eLearning Modules

• Webinars



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Perioperative medicine is a rapidly evolving and exciting field committed to providing excellent care to surgical patients. Read more

Perioperative medicine is a rapidly evolving and exciting field committed to providing excellent care to surgical patients. This new Master's programme, delivered via e-learning, will address the challenges posed by the high-risk surgical patient and is designed to equip those involved in managing surgical care with extensive knowledge, underpinned by best evidence, and encourage a deep understanding of the specialty.

About this degree

Students learn by walking the patient journey, from diagnosis to discharge. Developing an understanding of the individual needs of patients and how to assess risk and outcomes will be followed by an outline of the surgical inflammatory response. Students will be introduced to statistical study design as it applies to research and understand changes in guidance. Quality, safety and leadership matters are covered in great detail.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study, up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study, up to two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • The Landscape of Perioperative Medicine
  • Towards a New Model in Perioperative Care
  • Data and Statistics in Perioperative Care
  • Quality, Safety and Leadership in Perioperative Care
  • The Evolving Paradigm in Perioperative Care
  • Perioperative Pain and Cancer Disease
  • Perioperative Issues for an Ageing Population
  • Special Topics in Perioperative Care

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Students will undertake a piece of original research (which might include a systematic review), developed and presented in the style of a nominated peer-reviewed journal and students will be encouraged to publish this work as part of their learning experience.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered entirely through distance e-learning methodology. A wide range of learning styles are catered for within the programme material including vodcasts, podcasts, formal written text, online seminars, case reviews and graphics. The MSc adopts a range of examination styles including short answer questions, short essay writing, reflective practice and contributing to case-based discussions. The examination process will include both summative and formative assessment and help develop students’ writing styles.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Perioperative Medicine MSc

Funding

This programme is subsidised for all students currently enrolled and this is reviewed annually. More information on funding from the Division of Surgery can be found on our website.

For a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available at UCL visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

UCL's Perioperative Medicine MSc will provide an internationally recognised qualification, and on completion students will be equipped to pioneer progress and develop quality improvements in this new field. This will greatly enhance individual clinical practice, in addition to furthering opportunities in academia, education, management and leadership roles.

Employability

Perioperative Medicine MSc is a higher degree with real value in the workplace as it prepares graduates for senior positions in the field. Students will develop a deep understanding of the evidence base, and utilising this to effect changes in perioperative process and outcome is central to the programme.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Perioperative medicine is a new and exciting specialty, currently with few high-quality training opportunities. UCL's Perioperative Medicine Group has brought together an expert multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing excellence in perioperative medicine. This is reflected in our key involvement in societies such as Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (EBPOM) and the journal, Perioperative Medicine.

UCL is home to a centre of academic excellence, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe). Through this association, the Perioperative Medicine Group has attracted collaborations with an international faculty of experts in this new and exciting specialty. This wealth of knowledge and expertise has enabled the development of a high-quality programme delivered directly by experts to students.

This new programme, delivered by innovative e-learning methods seeks to develop an international community of learners, not limited by distance, who will benefit from shared online educational activities.



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This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field. Read more

This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field.

About this degree

Students will acquire both scientific and clinical research skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery, develop the necessary transferable skills (laboratory, critical, synthetic), and explore and apply the latest innovations in nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, 3D printing, transplantations and imaging to the unmet needs of plastic, reconstructive and burns patients.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

A PG Certificate (60 credits) is offered in Flexible/Modular mode only, over a maximum of two years. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

Core modules

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Burns
  • Military Injury and Wound Healing
  • Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine
  • Research Methodology
  • Applied Tissue Engineering

Optional modules

Choose one of the following options:

  • Nanotechnology in Medicine
  • Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Advanced Surgical Skills in Microsurgery
  • Stem cells and their Applications in Surgery

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words and a viva.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and group discussions. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery MSc

Careers

Establishing a career in surgery is becoming very competitive, and students on this programme benefit from the latest knowledge and experience in this expanding field. On completion, graduates find they are in a better position to find placements due to the wide exposure they have had to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provides our students with an excellent foundation for further research either at MD or PhD level or for a career as a clinician or healthcare professional within this surgical speciality.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Plastic Surgeon, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Research Assistant, Stanford University
  • Surgical Resident, Ministry of Health, Kingdon of Bahrain
  • PhD in Engineering for Military Wounds, UCL

Employability

This MSc focuses on research as well as theory and students acquire technical, laboratory-based skills. Networking is also one of the key aspects of this programme. Consultant plastic surgeons from both military and civilian backgrounds present lectures, giving students access to one-on-one contact and a multitude of networking opportunities.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This is the only MSc programme in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery currently available and addresses a national need.

Clinical staff who undertake teaching include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital and other specialist centres.

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe; it is made up of nearly 400 people from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Its aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Postgraduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients. Patients can become acutely or critically ill at any time and the more ill the patient becomes, the more likely they are to be vulnerable, physiologically unstable and require complex care. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients.

Patients can become acutely or critically ill at any time and the more ill the patient becomes, the more likely they are to be vulnerable, physiologically unstable and require complex care. Acutely or critically ill patients exist throughout many settings in hospitals and beyond, and there is a need to ensure the quality of care is delivered by knowledgeable health care practitioners.

This one year acute and critical care nursing course is suitable if you work in ICU, CCU, HDU, A&E, theatres, medical/surgical assessment units (MAU/SAU), pre-hospital care and general acute wards.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/709-postgraduate-certificate-acute-and-critical-care

What you will study

- Applied Physiology of Acute and Critical Illness
This module looks at critically analysing the impact of pathophysiology on acute and critically ill adult patients and to understand altered physiology. You will explore the consequences of acute and critical illness on homeostasis using a wide knowledge base of normal and altered physiology to understand key treatments. The module will also focus on cardio-respiratory physiology, neurological control and acute medical conditions.

- Care and Management of the Acute and Critically Ill
You will critically evaluate the complexity of care issues in relation to acutely and critically ill adult patients and analyse the context of that care. The effectiveness of care implementation across a range of patient presentations will be analysed with consideration given to the processes of assessment, monitoring and intervention.

- Legal and Professional Issues in Caring for the Acute and Critically Ill
In this module you will undertake a critical evaluation of service delivery systems from legal and professional perspectives. This includes the right to health care; upholding human rights; duty and standards of care; professional negligence and the application of these to professional practice in acute and critical care contexts. Topics such as life and death, euthanasia, legal definitions of death, organ and tissue donation are also considered in terms of the implications on practitioners caring for acute and critically ill patients.

Learning and teaching methods

You will study through a mixture of lectures,group work, patient scenarios, interactive tutorials and seminar presentations. You will need to attend University one day a week, currently our students are taught on Fridays at 9am-5pm.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

You will develop personally and professionally within your specialist clinical area. The course will also enable you to develop a high level of skill in transferring complex theoretical knowledge into comprehensive, patient-centred and focused clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through multiple-choice questions, viva voce (oral examination), assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and written evidence of personal and professional development. The OSCEs will take place in May each year and be completed as part of the clinical skills modules and involve undertaking a comprehensive patient history, examining a particular bodily system, and identifying a management and treatment plan for the individual.

Facilities

Our state of the art Clinical Simulation Centre replicates an acute care NHS environment, providing realistic clinical facilities for our nursing and midwifery students and qualified healthcare professionals.

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This new three year part-time Masters programme, taught entirely online, is jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and leads to the degree of Master of Science (MSc). Read more

This new three year part-time Masters programme, taught entirely online, is jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and leads to the degree of Master of Science (MSc). It has been developed in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

Aimed primarily at optometrists seeking formal postgraduate training in community-based clinical care, this programme is also highly relevant for medical and surgical trainees entering specialty training in ophthalmology.

This degree is aligned with the curricula of both the FRCSEd and FRCOphth examinations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, making it very attractive to domestic and international students.

This programme is aimed at supporting optometrists seeking formal postgraduate training in community-based clinical care and also medical and surgical trainees entering specialty training ophthalmology.

This programme gives trainees first-rate preparation for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) examinations or equivalent, with additional emphasis on acquired knowledge and its application.

The third-year MSc research project also serves as an opportunity to develop an academic career.

Online learning

The programme is taught entirely online. Students are supported by synchronous and asynchronous discussion with e-tutors - all leading clinicians in their field - and have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. Students will be expected to lead e-seminars and e-journal clubs.

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.

The programme is headed up by Professor Baljean Dhillon.

Programme structure

Delivered through an online learning environment, this programme runs on a semester basis over three years and involves approximately 10-15 hours of study each week in a flexible, modular manner. All modules are compulsory and are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach and involve participation in discussion boards and reflective portfolios.

Students accumulate credits by completing a series of modules leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Science degree. The minimum time for completion of the full Masters programme is three years, and the maximum time for completion is six years.

At the certificate and diploma levels, students must attend an end-of-year examination, held in Edinburgh for UK-based students or with a pre-approved partner institution for international students.

Year 1: Certificate

  • Basic Ophthalmic Science: Anatomy, Pathology, Physiology of the Ocular Structures
  • Basic Examination & Investigation Techniques
  • Basic Glaucoma
  • Basic Macular Disease
  • Basic Acute Eye Disease & Vision Loss
  • eTriage and Referral Refinement

Year 2: Diploma

  • Advanced Ophthalmic Science: Anatomy, Pathology, Physiology of the Ocular Structures
  • Advanced Examination & Investigation Techniques
  • Advanced Glaucoma
  • Advanced Macular Disease
  • Advanced Acute Eye Disease & Vision Loss
  • Advanced eTriage and Referral Refinement

Year 3: Masters

The final year involves a supervised masters research project, which will be undertaken in an approved topic that reflects your subspecialty interest and will require the submission of a written project report.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed for:

  • optometrists who wish to enhance their knowledge with particular regard to diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease as they take on an increasingly expanding role in the management of eye disease as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team
  • medical and surgical trainees who aspire to specialise in ophthalmology, enabling them to study towards their FRCSEd, FRCOphth, or equivalent, in a flexible way

The award of MSc will highlight the student’s commitment to continuing professional development in their chosen career and will ensure a competitive edge when applying for clinical positions. The MSc will also help prepare them for an academic or research career.

The MSc is also relevant to GPs and trainee GPs with a special Interest in ophthalmology, family medicine physicians, orthoptists, ophthalmic nurses and other eye healthcare professionals seeking to advance their understanding of primary care ophthalmology and its interface with secondary care.



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