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Do you want to continue your professional development in nursing, midwifery and healthcare? Our contemporary programmes reflect political and professional changes in healthcare and will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in this challenging sector. With the option to study part-time over three years, you can pick the modules you want to study and choose how you learn. And you’ll leave fully equipped to provide more effective, efficient and quality patient care across many sectors.

Key features

-Choose one of five specialisations, which include contemporary health in: advanced practice, health genetics, community nursing, child or midwifery. Alternatively, choose the generic contemporary health award – which can be at Pg Cert, Pg Dip or masters degree level.
-Choose your learning journey – the flexibility of our programme structure gives you the power to choose which pathway to follow.
-Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with core and optional modules.
-Engage in a contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment.
-Learn through research-informed teaching, which is embedded across a curriculum with a professorial level embedded in its design and delivery.
-Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the teaching of masters level modules and a diverse range of health and social care knowledge.
-Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. With face-to-face and distance learning, you can learn the way you want to. Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to complete aspects of your course using work-based learning, e-learning or direct contact methods.
-Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part-time over the course of three years.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You’ll be able to study a variety of modules from any of the pathways on our programme, with most of the modules worth 20 or 30 credits.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 40 of these will be made up from two core modules taken in Year 2, each worth 20 credits: advancing research knowledge in practice 1 and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.

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.

Year 1
You can study a variety of modules from any of the pathways on our programme, with most of the modules worth 20 or 30 credits – please see our MSc Contemporary Healthcare module page or contact the Professional Development Unit for details of the available modules.

Optional modules
-MCH505 Advanced Consulting and Clinical Skills
-IMS547 Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination (APL)
-MCH506 Clinical Decision Making and Disease Management

Year 2
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen. Examples of the optional modules available:
-IMS547 - Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination (APL)

Core modules
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

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 - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

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