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Contemporary Healthcare (Advancing Practice) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Do you engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs? This three-year, part time Advanced Practice in Healthcare masters programme is specifically designed for you if you are a health and social care practitioner, or an allied health professional. Whether you are already working in a senior position, or aspiring to advance your career, this programme will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to become an expert in your field.

Key features

-Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as an advanced expert practitioner. We are inspired and informed by real life – our programme is created by health academics in collaboration with the needs and opinions of those who really matter, our service providers.
-Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: health assessment/ differential diagnosis/ clinical decision-making, leadership, and the adoption/ evaluation of evidence based practice.
-Take part in an academic community working with other professionals, carers and users.
-Seize the chance to experience a local provision of multi-professional education at an advanced level.
-Advance your practical skills and increase knowledge on all modules by combining theory with an applied approach.
-Experience independent and multi-professional working – you’ll have the opportunity to work innovatively and learn collaboratively with other students from differing professions, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.
-Balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over the programme for three years.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. The programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced healthcare development is put into practice.
-Designed to meet the needs of the future workforce. You’ll meet the requirements laid out in the knowledge and skills framework providing opportunities for career advancement.
-Complete the MSc and enhance your abilities to continue to further advanced study such as to MPhil/PhD level.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: advanced consulting and clinical skills and leadership, law and decision making in advancing practice, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2 and clinical decision making and disease management.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH505 Advanced Consulting and Clinical Skills
-MCH507 Leadership, Law and Decision Making in Advancing Practice

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
-MCH506 Clinical Decision Making and Disease Management

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

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.

Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Advancing Practice) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a first degree or equivalent qualification and hold first registration with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health Professions Council.

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