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Advanced Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (MSc)

Course Description

For professionals currently working in the area of intellectual disabilities, this course gives you the opportunity to take the next step to an advanced career role.

As a practitioner in the public domain of health and social care services, you are expected to be innovative, provide leadership and make an advanced contribution in your professional role. This course will enable you to do just that in your specialised area of practice.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to practice at an advanced level, as well as the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy.

You'll acquire the knowledge and skills you need to address ethical and professional issues, as well as a broader, deeper and critical appreciation of the needs of children, adults and older people with intellectual disabilities as citizens in contemporary society.

As a graduate, you'll enjoy increased employment opportunities in your profession.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Advanced-Practice-in-Intellectual-Disabilities-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

[{What you'll learn]]
The course aims to encourage independent and autonomous learning, along with confident teaching and communication techniques.

You'll build on your existing knowledge and skills to a point where you’ll be confident in your ability to participate more actively in your chosen field, particularly in the area of policy development and communication.

With the support of our teaching staff, you'll learn to interpret complex materials independently and creatively, reflect on your learning, critically examine approaches to effective team building, and exercise judgement in relation to policy, workloads and professional practice.

You'll develop a combination of theoretical and practical skills, including critical thinking when considering the issues associated with practice, knowledge and application of research methods, and efficient approaches to time management, prioritisation and workload planning.

The applied education element of this course allows all nurses undertaking it to record the teaching qualification with the NMC. The course is also recognised by SEDA (the Staff and Educational Development Association), and accredited by the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care is one of the largest in Scotland, providing education and training to nurses and midwives, both at pre- and post-registration level. We offer a supportive environment to encourage your personal and professional development.

Based over three years, the course is conducted as a blended learning process, involving a combination of lectures, tutorials, online study, workshops and independent study.

What you study

Year 1:
- Exploring Professional Roles in Practice
- Professional Study and Practices
- Effective Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts

Year 2:
- Research Methods
- Two core modules

Year 3:
- Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


On successful completion of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to undertake roles requiring advanced practice, specialising in the educational element of the field. You may also become more active in a research role.

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care of Nursing

The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care of Nursing prepares its students for rewarding careers that enrich the practical world and help further nursing research.

The School is the only institution in Scotland to provide all fields of nursing practice and midwifery pre-registration programmes.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care is one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland and a significant provider in the UK. Uniquely in Scotland, the School offers midwifery and all four fields of practice in nursing: adult, child health, mental health and learning disabilities.

The School also offers taught postgraduate courses in Advanced Practice, including non-medical prescribing, and other flexible routes to Masters level study and CPD.

The number of taught post-graduate students (both within the UK and international) is growing, as are the number of post-graduate research students. The School has a strong transnational education portfolio, with a number of successful programmes in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

Visit the Advanced Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are a qualified health or social care practitioner, who has a degree or equivalent experience. We look for candidates to have a background in health or social care in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

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