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Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Develop your potential as a community nurse on our three-year, part-time masters programme. MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) is designed by academics and clinicians with input from service users for Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses. Study flexibly and build-up knowledge at postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters level. Be primed with the skills to provide high-quality, person-centred, nursing care closer to home for people living with long-term conditions.

Key features

-Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as a community nurse.
-Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: work based learning in community contexts; clinical decision making and disease management; leadership, law and decision making in advanced practice.
-Benefit from multi-professional education at an advanced level.
-Advance your knowledge on all modules by developing the application of theory to practice.
-Enjoy the active collaboration between Higher Education, employers and service users to enable you to identify, develop and apply work-based learning skills to improve the quality of community nursing care.
-Experience independent and multi-professional working – you will 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 or take the full time route.
-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 who use innovative thinking to help advance healthcare development.
-Enhance your career opportunities - the programme is designed to meet the needs of the future workforce.
-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: work based learning in community contexts and leadership, law and decision making in advanced 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 modules in Year 1 and three modules in 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
-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

Year 3
-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 (Community Nursing) - 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. See website for further details.

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