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The MSc Contemporary Nursing course is designed for nurses who want to advance their knowledge and develop advanced skills in different areas of specialism in nursing. It is suitable both for nurses who want to focus on a particular clinical speciality and for those that are still deciding on a clinical pathway.

The aim of the MSc Contemporary Nursing course is to develop intellectual and practice skills in order to enhance your performance as a nurse and improve the effectiveness of care you give to patients and their families / carers.

The course will support your continuing professional development, enhance you current knowledge and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your performance as a nurse.

The MSc Contemporary Nursing course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
-Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
-Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
-Master’s degree - 180 credits

Why choose this course?

-The MSc Contemporary Nursing course gives qualified nurses the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge at Master’s level
-It gives nurses further options to enhance their existing skills as part of their continuing professional development
-It provides knowledge, understanding and skills that reflect the contemporary demands of healthcare practice
-It offers flexible study options

Teaching methods

Teaching on the MSc Contemporary Nursing course is student focused and interactive using a variety of strategies including lectures, workshops, discussion groups and individual/small group tutorials.

You will use StudyNet, the University's on-line managed learning environment. StudyNet allows you to access on-line journals and books as well as access learning materials and resources posted by the lecturers involved in delivering your modules. This method of learning helps you save you time and costs associated with travel.

In addition you will have access to state of the art Learning Resource Centres. You will be encouraged to bring your personal and professional experiences to the group to enhance the diversity of learning available.

Analysis and reflection on work-based issues and problems are an integral part of your learning on the MSc Contemporary Nursing.
Normally, you should expect to spend 150 hours studying a 15 credit module including taught sessions, directed and self-directed learning.

Work Placement

While studying for the MSc Contemporary Nursing you will continue to work in your clinical area for a minimum of 20 hours per month.
There are no formal nursing placements but you may decide to arrange visits to specialist areas of nursing practice as part of your learning. Details will be given when you start the course.

Visit the Contemporary Nursing - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

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