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Course content

This part-time MSc in Advanced Surgical Practice is an e-learning, inter-professional course for registered nurses, doctors, operating department practitioners and other healthcare professionals. 

It aims to offer knowledge and expertise to provide a transition between theory and your own clinical practice. The course draws together a collection of fundamental information in an e-learning format, with an emphasis on the general principles of surgical practice rather than on the management of specific conditions.

The full MSc course takes two years to complete, although you can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after nine months or a Postgraduate Diploma after 18 months, if you have fulfilled all the criteria for those awards.

The taught component introduces you to the multifaceted nature of caring for surgical patients, from admission through to discharge. The modular approach allows you to evaluate care from an evidence-based perspective, starting with admission and preoperative preparation through to postoperative care and discharge. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, are also covered. The e-learning assessments are structured to enable you to evaluate the topic in relation to your practice areas of interest and professional base.

Most students are self-funded; however some students obtain awards from charities and trusts. 

Distinctive features

• Our interprofessional approach to enhancing group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations.
• The emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
• Longstanding expertise in developing and supporting e-Learning.

Structure

The MSc consists of three stages – stage T1 (first taught stage), stage T2 (second taught stage) and stage R (research dissertation stage):

• Stage T1 (first taught stage)

This stage lasts for nine months, and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.

• Stage T2 (second taught stage)

This stage lasts for a further nine months, and consists of a further three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to achieve a total of 120 credits to complete the taught stages.

• Stage R (MSc research dissertation stage)

The dissertation stage of the programme lasts for a further six months, to a total for the MSc of two years, and will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc course.

You may leave the course after successfully completing stage T1 with a Postgraduate Certificate, or after successfully completing stage T2 with a Postgraduate Diploma. 

Core modules:

Research and Evidence Based Practice
Preoperative Management
Fundamentals of Postoperative Practice
Management Options
Operative and Clinical Options
Professional Practice - Options
Dissertation: Advanced Surgical Practice

Teaching

The course is delivered via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central. Content is in the form of online audio visual presentations supplemented with text, discussion boards, blogs and wikis.  You will also have access to academic staff via email, phone and video conference software.  Approximately 10-15 hours per week will be required on independent learning and assessment.

Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central.

Assessment

There are a variety of formative and summative assessment methods used, such as:

Assignments
Wiki development
Blogs
Multiple choice questions
Group work
Development of guidelines / powerpoint presentations.

The MSc dissertation stage will be assessed based on the final dissertation. 

Career Prospects

Successful completion of this course will add value to your CV. Graduates of the course have reported that it led directly to promotion, and many students were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.

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

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