- Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments - Receive continuous support throughout the duration of the course - Study modules that are tailored to your specific career interests - Enhance your specialist knowledge and explore topics of current interest in the field including research philosophy and methods, theoretical perspectives on practice, clinical governance and patient safety and communication in intercultural contexts - Our experienced practitioner-and research-based academic staff are involved in leading healthcare projects worldwide, ensuring your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in the sector - Inter-professional education means you benefit from learning alongside specialist doctorate and professorial staff and students from around the world - share experiences and learn from colleagues across a diverse range of interests and develop your transferable skills
Core Modules Are:
- The Essence of Nursing (15 credits) – This module discovers the essential elements of nursing care that are crucial in reducing lengths of stay, adverse events, and litigation leading to nurses having a measurable and significant impact not just on safety, quality, and economic outcomes but also on patient satisfaction and engagement
- Nursing Leadership: Exploring your potential (15 credits) - This module explores the theory and practice of effective leadership and management as it applies to leading in diverse contexts in contemporary healthcare
- Research Designs for Nursing (30 credits) – This module develops a thorough grounding in both the philosophical and methodological processes of research in preparation for the dissertation module
- Dissertation (60 credits) - This module allows students to undertake small-scale research projects and to develop recommendations for improving future nursing practice
OPTIONAL MODULES INCLUDE (60 CREDITS TO BE TAKEN):
- Developing Nursing Skills in Clinical Assessment (30 credits) – This focus of this module is aimed at nurses who wish to enhance their clinical consultation and examination skills. It aims to develop and raise students’ knowledge on history taking, theoretical knowledge regarding clinical examination of four major body systems and how to formulate a differential diagnoses
- Integrated Care: The care and management of people with non-communicable diseases (30 credits) – The aim of the module is to provide the student with the opportunity to examine and critically analyse the appropriate principles, concepts, research and contemporary evidence related to the management of long-term conditions. Students will learn the variety of long term conditions patients may be affected by: the different approaches employed to support patients and their families; different therapeutic approaches, new medications and lifestyle modifications. They will also be able to demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge to the effective management of long-term conditions in the context of global, national and local perspectives
- Advancing Health and Professional Practice through Independent Study (30 credits) – This module allows the student to explore and analyse an area of health and professional practice with the emphasis on enhancing service delivery
- Health Promotion and Public Health (30 credits) - This module reviews the development of health promotion/public health and considers underpinning concepts, principles and methodologies. It examines the policy context for health development, protection and promotion and introduces students to leading theoretical frameworks and models for guiding and analysing intervention. Topical case studies are used as a vehicle for the exploration of important themes and debates in the new public health discourse
Teaching and assessment
Our teaching approach is ideally designed for studying at home and in the workplace. Study materials are available online in the DMU virtual learning environment. We suggest you will need to spend about 10-15 hours per week week studying the course material and undertaking assessment.
There is some attendance required at the university for UK-based students:
- An induction day, as you start the course, to introduce you to the programme team, the study facilities available to you, the course requirements and patterns of study.Two study days per year, where you will have small group tutorials about the assignments, do some further study in groups, and maybe sit a study day assessment, depending on the module
If you choose the independent prescribing option in the diploma stage this is taught partly by face-to-face teaching at DMU over 11 study days and two assessment days.
Assessments include written reports, clinical interventions, CPD cycles, presentation of patient cases and care plans. If students study the Independent Prescribing module, assessments also include OSCEs, oral examination and a reflective journal.
This is a modular course and each module is individually assessed. A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, reports, assessed seminars and a research dissertation.
There is the expectation that you will take responsibility for your learning and will seek support from the academic team as necessary. The philosophy of the course reflects the belief that you will manage your own learning independently with support from the course tutors.
It is also possible to exit with a post graduate certificate or diploma.
Staff are also involved in carrying out research of national and international significance. You are also fortunate to benefit from the expertise of staff from the healthcare sectors who contribute to teaching