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Advanced Professional Practice (Health and Social Care Professions) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Are you a health or social care professional looking to develop your key advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? You'll develop your current knowledge and expertise, linking it to contemporary literature, theory and research and apply it to your area of practice. Our range of programme optional modules, shared across a large range of named pathway awards, give you the flexibility and choice to tailor your learning to your workplace.

Key features

  • Train to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in a setting with exciting core and optional modules.*
  • Study alongside an interprofessional range of health and social care professionals from a variety of backgrounds, for example allied health professionals, nursing, medical and social care.
  • Choose from optional modules in a range of specialist areas such as management of long-term conditions (service delivery), practice education and evaluating outcomes. Specialist modules such as injection therapy can be taken as individual CPD options. Further options are also available from our named pathways.
  • Complete the programme in a year, with a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years. The full-time route is suitable for international students, who will be supported to choose optional modules with non-clinical assignments.
  • Make the most of our approach to blended learning, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection. Study comprises a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
  • A range of assessments are used across our modules, designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice. This will also enable you to develop advanced practitioner skills, including evidence-based case studies, portfolios and service delivery proposals as well as written and oral work.
  • Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in their specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s research groups, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
  • Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Year 1

Pathways in this programme include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if you are not pursuing a specific pathway, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information. Full time or international students will be supported to choose optional modules with non-clinical assignments.

Core modules

  • ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
  • ADV715 Project Design for Research
  • ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules

  • ADV604 Safeguarding Children
  • ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
  • ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
  • ADV712 Supported Independent Study
  • ADV728 Safeguarding Children
  • ADV729 Critical Care Management - Airway, Breathing and Circulation
  • ADV730 Critical Care Management - Neurological, Environmental and Special Patient Groups
  • ADV731 Pre-hospital Critical Care Passport Competencies 1
  • ADV732 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for the Critical Care Patient
  • ADV733 Retrieval and Transfer of a Critical Care Patient Within Special Situations
  • ADV734 Pre-hospital Critical Care Passport Competencies 2
  • ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
  • ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
  • ADV740 Enhancing Practice in Chronic Pulmonary Conditions
  • ADV747 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
  • ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study
  • ADV750 Occupational Therapy Practice: Supported Study
  • ADV751 Physiotherapy Practice: Supported Study
  • ADV752 Social Work Practice: Supported Study
  • ADV755 Application of Law and Policy in Safeguarding Adults
  • ADV756 Advanced Critical Reflection, Risk and Decision-Making
  • ADV757 Advanced Practice in Safeguarding Adults
  • ADV758 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
  • ADV759 International Perspectives and Practice Requirements for Health and Social Care Practitioners
  • ADV760 Participation for Children and Young People
  • ADV761 Assessment and Management of Foot and Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • ADV762 Recognition and Reduction of Risk to the Lower Limb in the Patient with Diabetes
  • ADV763 Facilitating Collaborative Patient Management and Flow
  • ADV764 Leading Professionals, Managing Aspirations for Self and Others
  • ADV765 The Ageing Person: Society, Body and Mind
  • ADV766 Innovation in an Ever Changing Marketplace - Entrepreneurship for Health and Social Care Professionals
  • ADV767 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • ADV768 Clinical Assessment and Management in Neurology

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc APP Health and Social Care Professions pathway specification 6312

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice (Health and Social Care Professions) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!




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