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Advanced Practice MSc


Course Description

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. A programme that 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 their clinical specialty, will become actively involved in the advancement of practice.

Distinctive features:

• The opportunity to explore and analyse the changing needs of professional and clinical practice and develop the skills to deliver specialist areas of care.

• The opportunity to undertake an innovative programme that offers a range of shared learning opportunities.

• The opportunity to undertake a programme in which there is an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment, enabling students to access the latest evidence base on professional practice.

• The opportunity to undertake an innovative and creative programme delivered by experienced educational and clinical staff who have developed a considerable local, national and international reputation.

• The opportunity to learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre.

Structure

The MSc in Advanced Practice programme is modular and students must complete four modules (30 credits each) in the taught component of the course; one of these is a compulsory research module and the remaining three modules are of the student’s choice. Those who pursue the generic pathway would, on successful completion of a dissertation module, be awarded a MSc in Advanced Practice.

Students undertaking the full-time route will complete 4 modules and the dissertation module over 3 semesters enabling the student to normally complete and submit their dissertation within 18 months of initial registration on the programme. The dissertation module will be undertaken in semester 2.

The part-time route would commence in September of Year 1 and normally be completed within 4 years. During this time modules will be programmed so that 2 modules can normally be undertaken in Year 1. This enables the student to complete and submit their dissertations within 4 years of initial registration on to the programme.

Stand Alone Modules:

Students may also undertake specific modules within the MSc. in Advanced Practice programme as ‘stand-alone’ modules. These may be undertaken as and when available within the School by students who wish to gain expertise and knowledge in a given subject area, but who do not wish to register for the degree programme.

They would be undertaken outside of registration for a degree and students would be informed on application of the RPL regulations as previously mentioned should they later wish to register for the full MSc degree. Priority for places will always be given to those students registered for the Masters programme.

Most of our modules are available on a stand-alone basis. Some modules from both Allied Health Professions (AHP) and Nursing and Midwifery are shared across professions. Please contact the relevant module leader for more details.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/advanced-practice-msc2

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/advanced-practice-msc-part-time

Teaching

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.

Post graduate 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.

Assessment

The assessments used within the MSc programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and where appropriate clinical practice. This includes written work such as reflective narratives, evidence based literature reviews, essays and research critiques, examinations, case study analysis, practical tests, oral presentations, seminars, video and playback, tape recordings, viva, dissertations, project work and completion of portfolios.

Each assessment is accompanied by written guidelines and assessment criteria based on the QAA Code of Practice for assessments (QAA 2006). Wherever possible a proforma is produced to accompany a summative assessment. This may be in the form of marking criteria, competencies to be achieved, standards etc. with clear guidelines relating to what is being assessed. This correlates with the learning outcomes of the programme/module.

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.

Visit the Advanced Practice MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC


“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000

Eligibility


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships



Entry Requirements

Last Updated

29 June 2017

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