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Are you a life sciences graduate wanting the opportunity to train for a new healthcare role? As a physician associate you’ll work in the NHS under the supervision of doctors and alongside other healthcare professionals, delivering care to patients. Read more
Are you a life sciences graduate wanting the opportunity to train for a new healthcare role? As a physician associate you’ll work in the NHS under the supervision of doctors and alongside other healthcare professionals, delivering care to patients. Our programme will equip you to pursue a career in the NHS that’ll be both rewarding and challenging.

Key features

-Sharpen your skills on this intensive programme which takes an inquiry-based learning approach
-Benefit from early patient contact from the first weeks, continuing and increasing throughout the programme, ensuring that your personal, practical and professional development is patient-centred
-Access highly-developed teaching resources
-Advance your understanding with fully integrated clinical skill development and clinical placements throughout the programme
-Spend some time learning with medical students and other healthcare professions.

Course details

Year 1
The first six months will typically be spent in the University, establishing the foundations of clinical medicine and developing your clinical, diagnostic and communication skills while spending one day per week in community placements seeing patients. Following this initial phase, while continuing your placement in General Practice and the community, you’ll commence clinical placements one day per week in the hospital.

Core modules
-PAS714 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods
-PAS711 Foundations in Clinical Medicine 1
-PAS712 Clinical, Diagnostic and Communication Skills 1
-PAS713 Personal and Professional Development 1

Final year
In your second year, you’ll be based predominantly in the clinical setting with specialty blocks in mental health, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine and general adult medicine (both hospital and community based).

Core modules
-PAS721 Foundations in Clinical Medicine 2
-PAS722 Clinical, Diagnostic and Communication Skills 2
-PAS723 Personal and Professional Development 2

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.

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Our masters programme will empower you to confidently meet the challenges of working in complex and unpredictable situations; overseas, on expedition, in low resource settings or within your UK practice. Read more
Our masters programme will empower you to confidently meet the challenges of working in complex and unpredictable situations; overseas, on expedition, in low resource settings or within your UK practice. Following comprehensive preparatory modules we provide you with the unique opportunity to undertake a placement in a global or remote environment as part of your immersive learning experience. Discover, discuss and debate with our expert faculty.

Explore the interactions between global, environmental and human factors that influence health and welfare. Learning in the field will demonstrate the multi-factorial aspects associated with remote and global medicine. Gain the advanced knowledge, skills and leadership qualities to deliver quality medical care, use evolving medical technologies and interact with health care professionals in multicultural settings, ensuring the best possible health outcomes for your unique patient population.

Key features

-Rise to the challenge on this part-time, one year masters programme – become a health professional ready to meet the unique challenges of providing care in complex and challenging global and/ or remote environments
-Experience teaching from faculty staff and visiting experts that have an active role in shaping healthcare systems locally and globally; working in global health partnerships, and leading expeditions to arctic, jungle, desert and mountainous terrains.
-Equip yourself with the advanced skills necessary to critically analyse and combine a range of information to make safe and effective decisions in unpredictable situations, demonstrate leadership qualities and contribute to improvement science in your placement setting.
-Benefit from a blended learning environment with delivery ranging between practical scenario-based training in the field, lectures and seminars, and supported distance learning.
-Take advantage of a collaborative educational partnership between local NHS services, higher education, clinical services and experts including the military.
-Enhance your learning with our established links to the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, Diving Diseases Research Centre, THET Health Links Partnerships, and the South West Global Health Collaborative.

Course details

During this programme you’ll have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of remote medicine and of the distinct environmental, physical and psychological factors associated with working as a remote clinical practitioner. You will plan, research and complete the dissertation associated with the masters programme. The dissertation is designed to enable you produce a project under supervision, and to demonstrate project design, development, evaluation and synthesis skills.

Core modules
-DIS731 Dissertation
-REM713 Global Health
-REM711 Remote Practitioner
-REM714 Remote & Global Placement Medicine

Optional modules
-PDD721DL Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
-PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer

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.

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With constant developments across all disciplines, biomedical science is a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Read more
With constant developments across all disciplines, biomedical science is a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Looking for a programme that will help you deepen your theoretical knowledge, hone your clinical skills and broaden your professional experience? We give you a suite of award pathways that allow you to explore different research areas, develop your specialisms and focus your study into a practical clinical research project.

Key features

-Tap into the expertise of academic lecturers and tutors actively researching and developing new techniques in modern biomedical science. Our programme has a strong international reputation in translational research, with significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure.
-Hone your skills and critical thinking, and grow your clinical experience.
-Work with high specification, regularly updated facilities serving post-genomics and proteomics, cell biology and imaging.
-Enrich your learning with teaching, expertise and insight from our NHS partners, plus members of Plymouth University School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences.
-Deepen your understanding with modules that explore modern practice, emerging techniques and the impact of new technologies on research methods.
-Benefit from a programme that’s reinforced by the research, facilities and expertise of the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre. Attend research events and work with leading scientists in a wide range of fields, including immunology, haematology and genomics.
-Focus your specific interests under the guidance of your personal project advisor and develop an individual final project within the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre.
-Gain the skills needed to study at masters level with specialist modules on research techniques and project development.

Choose from our modules to follow a path of study resulting in one of following MSc awards:
-Biomedical Science (Cellular Pathology)
-Biomedical Science (Clinical Biochemistry)
-Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion)
-Biomedical Science (Immunology)
-Biomedical Science (Medical Genetics)
-Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)
-Begin your career with the confidence that the MSc Biomedical Science suite of awards are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
-Take the course as a full-time intercalated degree programme for those wishing to interrupt their studies as a medical or dental student.

For more information about the part-time version of this course, view this web-page: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/msc-biomedical-science-2

Course details

You’ll take five modules: three core modules, one diagnostic research applications module, plus one discipline-specific module to determine your final award. You'll design and execute a research project, supported by your project advisor. Other core modules include molecular biology (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) and project design and development, where you’ll also critically review scientific literature. Options for the diagnostic research applications include bioinformatics, contemporary applications of cell biology, and contemporary science of infection and immunity. Focussing in on the discipline that interests you the most for your final award, you can choose from a range of modules including: clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, haematology and transfusion, medical genomics and personalised medicine, molecular and cellular pathology and clinical biochemistry.

Core modules
-BIOM5005 Project Design and Development
-BIOM5001 Molecular Biology: Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics
-BIOM5006 Research Project

Optional modules
-BIOM5008 Clinical Microbiology
-BIOM5002 Contemporary Applications of Cell Biology
-BIOM5003 Contemporary Science of Infection and Immunity
-BIOM5014 Bioinformatics
-BIOM5007 Cellular Basis of Clinical Immunology
-BIOM5009 Haematology and Transfusion
-BIOM5010 Medical Genomics and Personalised Medicine
-BIOM5011 Molecular and Cellular Pathology
-BIOM5012 Clinical Biochemistry

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.

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Are you a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional wishing to develop your role as a teacher, trainer, clinical or educational supervisor? This masters programme will support your professional development as an educator, and provide you with the skills to research a chosen area of interest. Read more
Are you a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional wishing to develop your role as a teacher, trainer, clinical or educational supervisor? This masters programme will support your professional development as an educator, and provide you with the skills to research a chosen area of interest.

Supported by a blended learning approach including face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, you’ll be equipped with the skills to plan and conduct your dissertation, and be primed to confidently transfer your knowledge into your current or future professional role. The MClinEd Clinical Education is also available as a full-time programme.

Key features

-Your learning journey – this masters programme will be delivered on a part-time basis over three years. The programme will include the completion of four modules and a dissertation, totalling 180 credits.
-Alternatively, choose to study full time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
-Improve your clinical skills – this programme is designed to develop your knowledge and abilities as a teacher, trainer, educational scholar, leader and manager, and is appropriate if you are a doctor, dentist or a healthcare professional working primarily in a clinical environment.
-Benefit from a programme accredited by both The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). These bodies uphold national standards for educators, and confer professional recognition of teaching excellence.
-Four places for intercalating medical and dental students are available on this masters programme and you’ll normally be interviewed prior to acceptance. Interviews will take place in December prior to starting the following academic year.
-The postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters in Clinical Education are all offered as end point qualifications, and assignments are designed to reflect your educational role within your clinical background. The certificate stage focuses on applying educational theory to clinical educational practice, and exploring contemporary issues in assessment, while the diploma will help you explore a role as an educational scholar and leader.
-Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
-Be supported by a blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, electronic learning environments and tutorial support.

Course details

Year 1
In your first year, you’ll complete two modules worth 30 credits each: clinical educational practice: theory, evidence and application, and current issues in clinical education. You’ll advance your knowledge, understanding and experience of teaching, learning and assessment in clinical education and collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of healthcare professions.

Core modules
-CLI713 Clinical Education Practice: Theory, Evidence and Application
-CLI714 Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education

Year 2
In your second year, you will select two modules from our suite of postgraduate programmes. If you intend to ‘top up’ your diploma to a masters qualification, you will be required to undertake one module that prepares you for your project and dissertation, project design, development and knowledge transfer.

Please note: there may be limited availability of places on some modules.

Optional modules
-PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
-CLI712 Assessment in Clinical Education
-SIM711 Simulation and Enhanced Learning

Final year
In your final year, you’ll complete a dissertation module worth 60 credits. You’ll showcase your ability to design, conduct and write up a project on a topic associated with the masters programme. You’ll demonstrate self-direction, originality and an ability to act independently in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level. You’ll have to successfully accumulate a minimum of 180 credits to be awarded a masters degree.

Core modules
-DIS731 Dissertation

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Do you want to become a leader in clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Read more
Do you want to become a leader in clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Learn from a team of experts in clinical research, drawn from a wide range of disciplines including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics and medicine as well as representatives from patient and public support groups.

Key features

-Progress your career and become a leader in clinical research with a programme that provides both theoretical and first hand practical experience of the whole research process from developing a clinically relevant question through to implementation of research in clinical practice.
-Aligns with key Health Education England and NIHR objectives to develop clinical academics and increase research capacity in nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists.
-Learn from nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists actively involved in the management and delivery of relevant clinical research, with national and international reputations in their specialist areas.
-Experts drawn from across Plymouth University, other higher education institutes, the Research Design Service, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit.
-Strong input from patient and public support groups, NHS staff, managers and commissioners in developing and running the programme so that its content reflects the current needs of the NHS.
-You’ll be encouraged to join the Institute of Health and Community, and will be mentored and supervised by experienced clinical academics on your own research project. Specific research supervisors relevant to your profession and area of interest are allocated within two weeks of the start of the programme.
-The MClinRes is specifically designed to help you gain future funding to further your clinical academic career. The programme specifically aims to progress you along the new NIHR clinical academic training programme for registered non-medical/dental healthcare professionals.
-An additional module on research management and mentorship, provided at the end of the programme, supports you in publishing and disseminating your research findings, presenting at national and international locations and applying for NIHR internships and fellowships.
-Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.
-Benefit from an enriched student experience – you will share core and optional modules with health and social care students studying across faculty MSc pathways. Students and alumni have been involved in the programme management, design and recruitment.
-Choose from three award pathways – PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes. A range of assessments are used across modules designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice.

Course details

The MClinRes will be delivered by blended learning, in one year full time or on a part time basis.

Pathways in this programme will include four core modules: applying evidence to practice, project design for research, applied qualitative research methods and applied quantitative research methods, as well as the research dissertation. Choose a 20 credit optional module from the diverse array on offer in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. The core modules build on each other providing skills in literature searching and implementing findings to the workplace; designing research protocols; understanding applied qualitative and quantitative methods and undertaking a clinically-relevant research project.

To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits by studying three core modules worth 20 credits each. To gain a postgraduate diploma you will need to earn 120 credits by studying the four core modules, the optional module and an additional module from the MSc Advanced Professional Practice. To be awarded the full MClinRes masters, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits - you’ll study the same modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 80 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-MCR702 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-MCR704 Research Management and Mentorship
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-MCR701 Applied Qualitative Research Methods
-MCR703 Research Dissertation
-MCR706 Systematic Review

Optional modules
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
-ADV712 Supported Independent Study
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)
-ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions

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.

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Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this broad-ranging programme offers you an advanced understanding of nutrition and the links between diet and health. Read more
Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this broad-ranging programme offers you an advanced understanding of nutrition and the links between diet and health. Core nutrition science will underpin a critical evaluation of the role of nutrition in public health at the local, national and international level. Explore the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance and graduate with the skills to work and lead as a nutritionist in a wide range of environments.

Key features

-Designed for graduates with a non-nutrition background, this full time programme will provide you with a new and alternative career pathway.
-Train to become an evidence based nutrition professional equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings.
-The only programme of this type in the south-west region.
-Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the delivery of masters level modules and a diverse range of expertise in nutrition, public health, research, sports nutrition and physiology. The team have external recognition for the quality of feedback to support student learning.
-The programme will be accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) allowing students who have completed the masters to apply for direct entry at associate level to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).
-Focuses on public health nutrition and disease prevention at the local, national and international level.
-Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of current and topical issues in sports nutrition and apply them to current practice utilising links with local sporting partnerships.
-Engage with local AfN registrants who will provide curriculum enrichment, local expertise and knowledge of future career pathways.
-Research informed teaching will be embedded throughout the curriculum.
-Issues around sustainability of nutrition will be threaded throughout the programme.
-Gain a core understanding of professional practice and ethics, elements of which are embedded within the programme.

Course details

This MSc in Human Nutrition will be delivered on a one year full-time basis. Core modules in the science of food, nutrition and human health will underpin an advanced understanding of links between diet and health at the individual, population and strategic level. Nutritional epidemiology will be studied to inform the practice of public health nutrition and how key issues in population health may be addressed. Key and topical issues in sports nutrition will be studied and applied to real world situations. Research modules will provide you with key research skills to design and carry out high quality nutrition research under supervision. You'll become a nutrition professional equipped to work in a range of nutrition settings and you will be eligible to apply to register as an associate nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition.

Core modules
-HNUT704 Nutritional Epidemiology
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-HNUT701 Nutrition Science
-HNUT702 Applied Nutrition
-HNUT703 Applied Sports Nutrition
-ADV716 Research Dissertation
-HNUT705 Public Health Nutrition

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Are you a qualified health practitioner looking to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to advance your professional practice? Designed for registered dieticians, this pathway has a specialist core module in nutritional support in illness-related malnutrition, which focuses on current evidence and rationale for oral, enteral and parenteral intervention in a range of clinical conditions. Read more
Are you a qualified health practitioner looking to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to advance your professional practice? Designed for registered dieticians, this pathway has a specialist core module in nutritional support in illness-related malnutrition, which focuses on current evidence and rationale for oral, enteral and parenteral intervention in a range of clinical conditions. You’ll be primed to become an evidence-based practitioner, ready to manage and lead in dynamic settings.

Key features

-Choose this dietetics pathway* and study at least one pathway specific module related to the title of the award, and four core modules (applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, research dissertation) shared with the generic MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.
-Be trained to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.
-Shape your learning journey – you’ll have opportunities to tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business in providing both core and optional modules.
-Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option.
-Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks in Plymouth to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. Our programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced professional development is put into practice.

*This programme is designed for qualified practitioners and there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. This programme or any of its pathways do not lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Pathways in this programme will include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if no specific pathway is being pursued, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study

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Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and… Read more
Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and knowledge along with a critical thinking ethos? Do you want to challenge your current practice and be innovative in applying your studies to your area of practice? This successful pathway is taught by an enthusiastic research active team who are specialists in neurological rehabilitation, and is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Key features

-Progress your health professions career and become a leader in this specialist area with a programme formed on evidence-based clinical practice, incorporating practical skill development*.
-Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base of this cutting-edge subject. -The assignments for all modules are designed to help you link theory to practice.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in this specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s Rehabilitation research group, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Further your research skills through use of the University’s highly advanced equipment at the Human Movement and Function Laboratory.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules. You may also choose specialist skills modules such as Injection Therapy for your continuing professional development (CPD).
-Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.
-Take advantage of flexible study – you can complete the programme over one year full time or two to five years part time. Your study will comprise of a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits.
-This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Advance your practice by developing theoretical knowledge and skills and a creative, critical and analytical approach to practice. Study core modules to develop your advanced practitioner skills: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and a research dissertation. You’ll also study specific and optional modules related to neurological rehabilitation, enabling you to apply your knowledge to the assessment and management of people with neurological conditions, and can take modules as standalone options for continuing professional development (CPD). We use a range of assessments, designed to link knowledge and skills to your area of practice and to develop advanced practitioner skills such as evidence-based case studies, portfolios, service delivery proposals and written and oral work. Our graduates apply what they learn – they disseminate knowledge and skills, leading and developing practice, or choose to progress to further studies.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)

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Are you a qualified dietitian working in paediatric dietetics? Take your career further with our specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Read more
Are you a qualified dietitian working in paediatric dietetics? Take your career further with our specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). You’ll benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading clinical practitioners from across the UK and develop as an evidence-based practitioner with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership.

Key features

-Fast-track your progression with the introduction of a one-year, full-time mode of study. You can choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits. The full-time route will normally take one year and the part-time route will normally take two years.
-Benefit from teaching delivered at Plymouth University and leading children’s hospitals across the UK, including the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street Hospital London, Manchester Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow.
-Have time to reflect with both core and pathway specific modules taught using blended learning techniques, combining short study blocks with distance learning technologies.
-Get support from experienced and enthusiastic staff who encourage your personal development.
-Take advantage of single, stand-alone modules that can be taken for Continuing Professional Development.
-Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core modules. You’ll gain professional insights through our collaboration with the Business Faculty on both the core modules.
-Become an evidence-based practitioner equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings with our core modules applying evidence to practice and developing self and others.
-Tailor your learning to the workplace through module assignments.

As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base to match pace with current developments. With our emphasis on self-directed learning, you’ll be expected to read around the subject and actively engage in face-to-face and online tasks. You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures followed by small group work, and tutorials to support your development. You will benefit from assessment by written coursework with no written exams. In some modules, where there are skills components, there may be a practical assessment. Our teaching is underpinned by current research, giving you the opportunity to work closely with experienced staff on your own research project. The quality of our programme is important to us, so we’ll encourage you to engage in feedback, staff-student liaison and to join in with the wider life of the school.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV742 Nutrition and Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders
-ADV744 Neonatal Nutrition
-ADV741 Nutrition and Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood
-ADV720 Dietetic Management of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD)
-ADV743 Clinical Dietetics for Infants and Children

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.

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Are you a qualified physiotherapist looking to enhance your current skills and knowledge whilst developing a strong critical thinking ethos? This programme offers you the opportunity to review your current practice and evaluate new approaches, ensuring that you are equipped to meet the challenges of working in an ever changing physiotherapy profession with confidence. Read more
Are you a qualified physiotherapist looking to enhance your current skills and knowledge whilst developing a strong critical thinking ethos? This programme offers you the opportunity to review your current practice and evaluate new approaches, ensuring that you are equipped to meet the challenges of working in an ever changing physiotherapy profession with confidence.

Key features

-Become an evidence based practitioner equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings with the introduction of core modules on applying evidence to practice and developing self and others.
-Feel encouraged and supported by this courses experienced and enthusiastic staff, who are recognised for their national and international research reputations.
-Make use of blended learning, combining short study blocks and distance learning technologies.
-Explore continuing professional development (CPD) modules.
-Choose exciting core and optional modules in collaboration with the Plymouth Business School.
-Benefit from the opportunity to tailor your learning to your interests or workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.
-Take advantage of the opportunity to study flexibly by completing the course in one to five years.

Course details

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Physiotherapy) postgraduate programme is based in the School of Health Professions. The physiotherapy pathway will have at least one pathway specific module related to the title of the award but share four core modules (applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, research dissertation) with the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme. The pathways also share a range of programme optional modules, giving you flexibility and choice. All modules are subject to minimum numbers. The programme offers awards of postgraduate certificate (PgCert) - 60 credits, postgraduate diploma (PgDip) - 120 credits, and masters degree (MSc) - 180 credits. The full-time route will normally take one year and the part-time route will normally take two years. The maximum registration period for the full time is three years and five years if you study part time.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV751 Physiotherapy Practice: Supported Study

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Do you want to promote and restore people’s health and well-being? On this two year masters programme you'll learn how to enhance people’s occupational function in everyday life in order to meet their biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs through exploration and adaptation. Read more
Do you want to promote and restore people’s health and well-being? On this two year masters programme you'll learn how to enhance people’s occupational function in everyday life in order to meet their biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs through exploration and adaptation. You will become a highly skilled, reflective and confident occupational therapy practitioner, able to critically evaluate the importance of occupational engagement for every stage of an individual’s life.

Key features

-Study full time over two years and gain an MSc as your entry qualification to the profession.
-Join an enthusiastic team of occupational therapists, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge on occupational therapy and occupational science.
-Take the opportunity to study on the only programme of its kind in the South West.
-Cover the required 90 weeks of pre-registration study in two years, instead of the usual three years, on the full-time accelerated programme, to qualify and gain employment quicker.
-Develop your understanding of the philosophy of the profession and the relevant sciences that guide practice, as well as the creative reflexivity for effecting necessary change.
-Benefit from the experience of being out on placement for 29 weeks – gain invaluable knowledge, skills and industry contacts which will help boost your future career prospects.
-Looking for a change of career? Prepare yourself for a new future role. Your first degree does not have to be from a health profession background to study on this programme.
-Successfully complete the programme and you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and to be a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
-Your qualification will be recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, meaning you may be eligible to apply to work overseas.

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Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This one year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Read more
Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This one year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Explore an in-depth range of simulation-based learning techniques and be equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct your dissertation. Be primed with the advanced knowledge and understanding to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety in your workplace.

Key features

-Explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve quality of patient care. Recent national reports have emphasised the need for widened access to simulation training and the recognition of person-level and system-level human factors in improving patient safety.
-Develop an understanding of the factors involved in quality improvement strategies and their evaluation using outcomes related to patient safety.
-Undertake a critical study of education and expert practice, change management and innovation.
-Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
-Get a variety of hands-on experience – the Simulation and Enhanced Learning module will be delivered at the Horizon Centre, a new innovation, education and research facility at Torbay Hospital. The remaining taught modules will be delivered in the John Bull Building, Plymouth Science Park. Find out more about your teaching locations.
-Advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and quality improvement and have the opportunities to apply these skills in the clinical environment.
-Take advantage of our experienced teaching staff drawn from experts in the Plymouth and Torbay NHS trusts and the University, as well as from the higher education sector in the South West region and beyond.
-Benefit from flexible learning – there are a number of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities relating to this programme where a single module or specific days within a module may be taken independently.
-Graduate with the skills required to implement simulation effectively into educational programmes, and develop and evaluate evidence-based patient safety strategies in organisations.
-You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.

Course details

You’ll explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve patient safety and quality of care through enhanced learning. Advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and the application of these to your own workplace. You’ll be introduced to the role of human factors and develop a critical understanding of the current state of patient safety within healthcare and examine strategies to improve it. You’ll be provided with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. You’ll also explore the physical and psychological links between organisations, employees and their work environment and how the concept of human factors influences the way we work. The use of simulation for training and assessment of human factors will be integral to the module.

Core modules
-DIS731 Dissertation
-SIM714 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
-PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
-SIM711 Simulation and Enhanced Learning
-SIM715 Human Factors in Healthcare

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.

For more information on the part time version of this course, view the web-page: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/msc-simulation-and-patient-safety

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Are you passionate about cardiothoracics? Deliver care for surgical patients and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner. Read more
Are you passionate about cardiothoracics? Deliver care for surgical patients and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner. Through this programme you’ll learn core competences for surgical care practitioners, with a focus on cardiothoracic surgery. You’ll gain the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care. Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.

Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Year 1
Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop further specialist knowledge and skills, enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. You'll also learn the principles of data collection and analysis, demonstrating clinical reasoning and judgement.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP702 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

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.

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