The Professional Healthcare Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.
It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.
Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.
The programme is designed to:
The curriculum allows students to choose to study a defined combination of modules to create a named specialist Postgraduate Certificate Professional Healthcare Practice. For example, the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Healthcare Practice (Cancer Care). The nature of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Professional Healthcare Practice usually enables optional module choice whilst still achieving the central components required for this award.
Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.
There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan with your academic advisor, you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module.
The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.
Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.
Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.
Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
This course is for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists with an interest in diabetes care. It aims to develop the scientific basis for improvement in diabetes clinical practice and public health using robust epidemiological, evidence based and social science methodologies.
Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common condition among every population group, both in the developed and developing countries. It has a major impact on the physical, psychological and general wellbeing of individuals and their families. It can lead to disabilities, for example blindness, chronic morbidity, and mortality through heart disease, stroke and renal failure. Yet, there is evidence that effective treatment can increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of complications and even delay or prevent onset. This course will prepare you to take an evidence-based approach to diabetic care and will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice. It has been developed with clinical colleagues and blends the theoretical perspectives with practicalities of implementing an effective diabetic care programme. This course emphasises the effective use of multidisciplinary teams in problem solving and patient care.
The course is based at QMU, but there is opportunity to study the international dimension of diabetes and apply the principles to care in developing countries.
A range of student-centred e-learning methods including online tutorials are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by systematic reviews, presentations and posters.
Both the full-time and part-time routes are taught by distance e-learning. The full-time route allows the student to complete the online programme over one year, and would probably be best suited for students in part-time employment.
The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs and there is flexibility in which modules you undertake each year. On average you will be required to spend approximately 150 hours of study per module depending on credit rating.
All local Edinburgh hospitals have links to the course.
30 credits: Research Methods / Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and Complications/ Management of Diabetes and its complications.
30 credits: Tissue Viability.
15/30 credits: Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning
15 credits: Digital Literacies/ Epidemiology
If studying for the MSc, you will also
complete a dissertation (60 credits).
Career prospects on completion of the course are likely to be within specialist teams, either within the acute or primary care sector. Opportunities also exist internationally. The new Diabetes National Service Framework Standards will also influence the services provided to diabetic patients. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to lead specialist multi-professional teams. There will also be opportunities in education and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates may also like to apply for study at higher degree (MPhil or PhD).
Successful graduates have gone on to undertake PhD research, employment in pharmaceutical companies and have gained work place promotion as physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.
This flexible MSc course provides an opportunity for podiatrists to develop their own programme of study at master’s level when studying from their own home or work base. It does not lead to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This innovative course will allow you to choose from a range of modules to develop your own master’s qualification, or to customise the course content in response to modern day podiatry practice, keeping you up to date with the latest developments and improving your career prospects.
The course can be studied at a time most suitable for you, through a distance e-learning route with tutor support and no requirement to attend QMU.
Distance e-learning modules will be taught using QMU’s virtual learning environment which requires access to the internet at a time most suitable to you. The virtual learning environment will be used to deliver course content, group tutorial discussion, tutor support and course work assignment submissions. Your performance will be assessed by coursework assignments, however, some modules require an examination. Class sizes are usually less than 15 students.
Course content will depend on the module size. Single modules worth 15 credits will run for a shorter time, usually 3 to 4 months, whereas double modules, which are worth 30 credits, will run for approximately 6 months. Double modules will begin in September and single modules can begin in either September or January.
The Pharmacology for Podiatrists module has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council for annotation on their professional register.
There are two routes to choose from:
Distance e-learning route
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods (30 credits)/ Research Project (60 credits) You should also study 90 credits from the following: Current Developments (30 credits)/ Tissue Viability (30 credits)/ The Ageing Foot (30 credits)/ Management of Diabetes and its Complications (30 credits)/ Evaluation of Diabetes and Developing Practice (15 credits)/ Digital Literacies (15 credits)/ Pharmacology for Podiatrists (15 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning (15, 30 or 45 credits) / Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and it’s Complications (30 credits)/ Epidemiology (15 credits)/ Podiatry Mechanics (15 credits)/ Medicine and Pathology (15 credits)
Customised route with own topic selection
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods (30 credits)/ Research Project (60 credits)/ Current Developments (30 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice Work Based Learning (45 credits)/ Digital Literacies (15 credits)
This course will help you incorporate your new-found skills and can contribute to continuing professional development. This course will also allow you to develop your own area of interest. An example of this has been a student who has developed an expertise in analysing the movement of the foot through the use of finite element modelling.
This course has been designed for practicing and newly qualified podiatrists who wish to further their career to work at a higher level of practice by expanding their knowledge and skills in the specialist areas within the profession. It provides the opportunity for you to focus on podiatric specialisms including musculoskeletal or management of long-term conditions. The course also helps you to advance your specialist skills through options modules including injection therapy, independent prescribing, diagnostic imaging, forensic podiatry, woundcare and tissue viability.
You will be taught by academics who are all practising clinicians within podiatric practice. The course has been designed in a way to provide minimal disruption to your clinic time, as your attendance on campus is concentrated into study blocks.
The postgraduate forms a pathway towards the MSc Nursing
This pathway allows you the greatest flexibility in choosing the postgraduate knowledge and skills you wish to develop at a highly demanding academic and professional level. You are provided with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding master’s programme tailored to your professional needs and aspirations.
Postgraduate Certificate Nursing
This pathway allows you the greatest flexibility in choosing the postgraduate knowledge and skills you wish to develop at a highly demanding academic and professional level. You are provided with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master’s programme tailored to your professional needs and aspirations.
You select three 20 credit modules from a suite of non-clinical ‘option’ modules. Modules include:
This innovative degree offers a fascinating opportunity to study modern and topical research areas in Cell Biomedicine. You will gain the essential skills required to prepare for your career in biomedical research, a clinical setting or within the health industry.
This postgraduate degree will provide you with advanced research training in medical aspects of cell biology and pathology and you will conduct your own lab based research project. With a focus on research methods, you will take you skills to the next level in producing your own research design, and developing your understanding of ethics in research projects and best practice in handling statistical datasets. The programme includes a variety of subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work that will give keep you up-to-date with the current advances in the field. You will learn the theoretical and technological aspects of cellular biomedicine and their practical applications within industry.
You will be taught by enthusiastic research-active experts in the field who conduct research in a diverse range of topics that you can choose to study such as cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer, microbial resistance to antibiotics, immune mechanisms of disease, stem cell research and molecular modelling in cell biology.
You will conduct your research project in our state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with microscopy analysers, autoradiography, flow cytometry, high sensitivity HPLC and LC-MS, and neural stem cell and tissue culture facilities.
You will automatically be a part of our Health Sciences Research Centre, a community of leading experts who are currently investigating a range of topical issues. You will participate in engaging discussions within research seminars on the latest developments within neuroscience and the health sciences.
In this postgraduate programme, you will be trained in medical aspects of cell biology and pathology with a focus on the lab based research project. The programme has a strong focus on research methods and will provide you with necessary skills in research design, ethics and statistical methods.
You will learn the most recent advances in cellular biomedicine by being part of engaging subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and conducting your own research. You will study the theoretical and technological and their practical applications in cellular biomedicine.
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
This postgraduate programme provides both a solid academic basis and practical hands-on experience in the area of cellular biomedical sciences. It will prepare you for careers in academia, clinical research, the health industry or within government organisations.