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Course content

This MSc course has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and understanding to work at an advanced level, managing patient care in perioperative practice.

It offers the opportunity to develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to apply them to management in perioperative practice. You will have the opportunity to develop, through the process of research, advanced practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of managing care and the ability to influence change in the field of perioperative practice.

As a full-time student, you will undertake all taught modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake modules over two years. The modular structure of the programme enables you to select the most appropriate profession-specific modules and shared or generic modules from a suite of modules within the postgraduate provision of the School of Healthcare Studies.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students complete the Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least one profession-specific module (30 credits).

To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma, students need to complete the Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least one profession-specific module (30 credits). The remaining 60 credits can be made up of either another profession specific module and/or shared modules available within the MSc suite of optional modules.

Students who proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.

Distinctive features

• The opportunity to learn in a School that is well respected within the professions involved in perioperative practice.

• The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery.

• The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.

• The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.

• Flexibility of delivery, permitting graduates to pursue their professional careers while studying part time, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis.

• Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the core modules.

Content

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/managing-care-in-perioperative-and-anaesthesia-practice-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/managing-care-in-perioperative-and-anaesthesia-practice-msc-part-time

Teaching

Teaching is mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures, and these are followed up by appropriate opportunity to discuss and evaluate the ideas presented. Content is supported by online resources.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, poster presentations and small projects. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

Career prospects

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals working in the field of perioperative practice, including Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs).

It offers the opportunity to develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to apply them to management in perioperative practice. You will have the opportunity to develop, through the process of research, advanced practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of managing care and the ability to influence change in the field of perioperative practice.

Visit the Managing Care in Perioperative and Anaesthesia Practice MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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