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Advanced Practice (Education for Health Professionals) - MSc/PGCert

Course content

This MSc is a specialist pathway through the Advanced Practice programme, providing you with the opportunity to explore your specialist areas of practice, and to develop your expertise in teaching and assessment in both clinical and academic settings.

Overview

Our aim in the School of Healthcare Sciences is to provide health, social care and other related professionals with the opportunity to undertake a challenging and rewarding Masters in Advanced Practice. The programme focuses on your personal development as a professional leading, managing and developing advanced practice roles and models of care delivery.

The MSc in Advanced Practice is designed for health, social care and related professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, clinical, leadership and management skills. Students, irrespective of clinical specialty, will become actively involved in the advancement of practice.

This specialist pathway through the MSc Advanced practice has been designed for health, social care and related professionals who either have an educational role within their current practice or are looking to develop one.

There are two routes through the MSc Advanced Practice: Education for Health Professionals programme, one which is Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable, and a non-NMC route. Both routes focus on evidence based approaches to facilitating learning, teaching, inter professional learning and quality assurance in higher education and clinical practice.

You will be required to plan teaching sessions and strategies, implement educational assessment and evaluation strategies and lead practice and curriculum development activities.

Distinctive features

  • The programme focuses on your personal development as a professional leading, managing and developing advanced practice roles and models of care delivery.
  • You will undertake 200 hours (non-NMC) and 360 hours (NMC) teaching hours to complete the programme.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

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

The full range of learning and teaching strategies will be adopted within this course, for example: problem-based learning, scenario based learning, guided study, e-learning, clinical skills sessions, workshops, discussion groups, action learning sets, reflection, seminars, debates, lessons and lectures. It is imperative that as future educators individuals are able to utilise a full range of learning and teaching strategies. 

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Career prospects

The MSc in Advanced Practice is designed for health, social care and related professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, clinical, leadership and management skills. Students, irrespective of their clinical specialty, will become actively involved in the advancement of practice.

This specialist is designed for those who want to develop their career within healthcare education; it aims to build your confidence and abilities as an effective teacher, enabling you to make a valuable contribution to the advancement of practice in your field.


Visit the Advanced Practice (Education for Health Professionals) - MSc/PGCert page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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