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Advanced Practice (Leadership) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

For managers and leaders employed in healthcare organisations in a practice role involving regular patient/client contact. Learn theories of leadership and develop an enhanced repertoire of leadership skills and styles.

Key benefits:

- Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
- A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-practice-leadership-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description

You will learn theories of leadership in a range of contexts and develop an enhanced personal repertoire of leadership styles and skills. A distinctive feature of the programme is the range of learning techniques used, including individual and group work, peer learning, organisational observation, reflective review and experiential learning. You will undertake core modules in leadership, the modernised NHS and evidence-based practice and healthcare research. In addition students select options from a range of areas including:

- Clinical specialities
- Professional development and organisational change

Other options from our BSc programme may also be available. Students who have already studied clinically-focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits and provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).

- Course purpose

This master's in Advanced Practice aims to help those working in management or leadership roles in healthcare organisations to become familiar with the origins, mechanisms and implications of the current health and social care modernisation programme and assess future policy-making process in relation to the NHS and broader public services.

- Course format and assessment

The majority of assessment is by coursework; some modules are also assessed by one examination.

Core modules for the MSc:

- Developing Professional Leadership (15 credits): This module will enable students to develop their understanding of concepts of professional leadership in a health and social care environment, and reflect upon and extend their repertoire of leadership styles and skills.

- Leadership in Health and Social Care (15 credits): This module will enable students to examine the challenges of leadership practice in health and social care environments. It will enable students to critically inquire into their personal and organisational practices for exercising leadership skills within and between professional health care groups and organisations endeavouring to provide quality patient or client care.

- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice (15 credits): This module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of the key approaches and techniques used in healthcare research and evaluation. It intends to promote students’ understanding of published articles and enhance skills for critiquing research articles.

- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare (30 credits): This module aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to identify best evidence for their practice. It focuses on searching for, appraising and synthesising evidence from health care research.

- Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables students to undertake a substantial written project relevant to their field of practice. Students draw on learning and skills acquired in the taught components of the MSc programme. The module offers a choice of one of three options: an analysis of an area of healthcare provision, an empirical study, or a systematic review.

Career prospects

Leadership and management roles in the NHS or private sector such as practice development, clinical leadership and nursing or midwifery management.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx

Visit the Advanced Practice (Leadership) MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elaine Horne

984.jpg The variety of modules offered by King’s allowed me to construct a degree that was interesting, academically challenging and which had real relevance to my specialty. King’s has a world-class reputation and this was certainly evident in the quality of the teaching and excellent study facilities. I found the teaching staff to be friendly and approachable and, importantly, peer group support was facilitated and encouraged.

Undertaking an MSc with King’s has been a very positive and rewarding experience which I would certainly recommend to any nurse who is keen for both personal and professional development.


Entry Requirements

You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner. The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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