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MSc Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

Course Description

The MSc Advanced Professional & Clinical Practice offers a combined programme of study and clinical practice that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professional practitioners. The course is delivered through five specialist pathways corresponding with the school’s key areas of expertise. The Professional Masters is a rigorous academic and clinical programme that places practice at the forefront. Not only does the programme engage with and support practice, but it enables students from differing professional backgrounds to review their own practice and share balanced and critical findings that contribute toward improving the quality and efficiency of health and social care provision.

The overall aim of the MSc in Advanced Professional & Clinical Practice is to create a conducive learning environment that provides students with:
1. Skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice;
2. Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership; and
3. Skills enabling graduates to review and introduce current evidence to practice

This Masters programme comprises Level 7 modules, which are delivered through a range of blended learning strategies. A substantial proportion of the content is delivered through on-line methods, which supports the philosophy of the programme that it is open to local, national and international applicants that are registered health or social care practitioners and are interested in undertaking postgraduate study. Students complete an agreed range of optional and specialist modules, including a compulsory clinical module, generating new ideas for improvements in practice. Then, through their dissertation, they have an opportunity to critically review in greater detail innovative or emerging areas of their professional work.

Each Pathway offers a range of modules which have been developed to reflect contemporary healthcare needs. All modules have a high level of currency and relevance to practice and will support the continued professional growth and development of students. Each student will undertake relevant clinical experience to allow them to develop their ideas to completion in a practical setting.

Visit the MSc Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Student Profiles

Patricia Napier Scholarship - 2 Awards

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is pleased to announce two scholarship awards for students to undertake the MSc Advanced Professional Practice commencing September 2014. The scholarships were set up in 2011 by Mr Russell Napier in recognition of his mother, Patricia Napier. The scholarship will cover tuition fees and the registration fee. The students will study in one of five specialist pathways:
 Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care
 Critical and Acute Care
 Mental Health and Older Adult
 Leadership and Management
 Maternal and Child Health

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scholarships will be awarded to the best graduates from a nursing or midwifery programme (ie applicants who hold a recognised professional qualification in nursing, midwifery or an allied health and social care profession and a relevant primary degree 2:2 or above or equivalent).All candidates entering the MSc programmes are eligible to be considered by the School for the Award through the entry system.

Application Procedure

The judging panel will include the Head of School and two course Directors from the School. The decision will be based on the record of academic achievement and a supporting written statement of not more than 500 words to explain the contribution of the MSc in improving clinical practice and professional competence. Applicants must also have been accepted on to the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme to start in September 2014. Closing date for submission of a written statement to the Head of School is Friday 27 June 2014. This may be submitted electronically at [email protected] The benefactor will have access to the written statements prior to final selection by the judging panel.

Further Information



School funded scholarships - 6 Awards

The MSc in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs is a new programme which commences in Queen's University Belfast in October 2014. To mark the development of this new course, the School of Nursing & Midwifery is offering six bursaries of £1500. The application criteria are outlined below. Please address queries to Caroline Mulvenna on [email protected] All applications will be scored on the following criteria:
• Originality – the research idea represents independent thinking, a novel approach to an issue and a contribution to knowledge;
• Feasibility – the research plan is manageable within the timeframe and appropriate to Masters level study; the proposed methods and research design are appropriate for answering the research question;
• Impact – the policy or practice relevance of the research and/or how it will add to understanding.Awards: the award of £1500 will be discounted from the winner’s fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The award is open to those wishing to apply for the MSc Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs only. Applicants should hold a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification in nursing, midwifery, allied health, social care or a related discipline. APL can be considered in some cases.

Application Procedure

Submit 500 words on an area relevant to children and young people with complex health needs in which you would like to carry out research, and which could form the basis of your Master’s dissertation. This can be primary or secondary research and can be empirically, theoretically or policy orientated. There is no need to produce a detailed research proposal but you should indicate: the focus and purpose of the research (i.e. your research question); how the research would be carried out and the contribution to knowledge. Applications must be sent by email attachment to [email protected] by 4pm on 31st July 2014.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a recognised professional qualification in nursing, midwifery or allied health and social care. They shall normally hold a relevant primary Degree at 2:2 classification or above or equivalent. In line with the University’s APEL procedures, candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of experience in a relevant area.Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. Alternatively, you may be able to access English Preparation Courses at INTO at Queen’s.

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