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This is an interprofessional, distance learning course, intended for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in the field of surgical and perioperative care.

Overview

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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

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.

How will I be supported?

All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who will be in regular contact to discuss progress and to provide advice and guidance as needed. Extensive written feedback is given on all assessments.

You will also be allocated a personal supervisor during the dissertation period. They will be able to give written feedback on dissertation drafts and provide you with the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have.

Career prospects

This programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of surgical practice in order to help improve patient care. Graduates have reported that it led directly to promotion, and many were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.


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

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