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University of South Wales, Full Time MSc Degrees in Nursing & Health

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This health visiting course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise. Read more
This health visiting course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.

Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), ie, health visitors or school health nurses, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health.

We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries.

What You Will Study

PgD modules:

Development Across the Lifespan for SCPHN
Research Methods SCPHN
Law, Ethics and Nurse Prescribing
Professional Development and Governance for SCPHNs
Contemporary Issues for SCPHN
The Public Health Agenda and SCPHN
Successful completion of the above modules and the 24 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in either health visiting or school health nursing) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma.

If you then undertake the 60-credit SCPHN dissertation module and successfully complete a dissertation, you will graduate with an MSc award. For this, you will critically examine a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting or school health nursing, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You usually submit this within a calendar year of ending the taught modules. Please note that dissertation study is not funded by the Welsh Government.

How You Will Study

This course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting.

Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that involve use of the Welsh language. The PgD course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.

How does this course make me employable?

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today’s health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.

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This degree focuses on professional development of qualified nurses and the course equips nurses to undertake higher level practice, education and leadership roles. Read more
This degree focuses on professional development of qualified nurses and the course equips nurses to undertake higher level practice, education and leadership roles.

International students who are eligible can undertake the Overseas Nursing programme and/or the University offers preparation for the assessment of competency test that leads to UK Registration.

On successful completion, you will have gained an internationally recognized qualification that is designed to prepare nurses to take up posts within nursing services globally.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/178-msc-professional-practice

What you will study

The MSc Professional Practice offers a wide choice of career pathways to qualified health and social care professionals. Suitable for both experienced and inexperienced practitioners, this course intends to transform your practice and improve the quality of care for patients or service users.

This degree focuses on professional development of qualified nurses and the course equips nurses to undertake higher level practice, education and leadership roles.

International students who are eligible can undertake the Overseas Nursing programme and/or the University offers preparation for the assessment of competency test that leads to UK Registration.

Modules:
In consultation with the Programme Leader, you will devise an individual programme (180 credits) that meets your own needs. You will also have the flexibility to study at your own pace, finding a balance between work, education and everyday life.

Core Modules:
- Research methods (40 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Sample Modules:
- Research methodologies
- Leadership in professional practice
- Contemporary Nursing Practice in a Global Arena
- Contemporary Nursing Practice in the UK for International Nurses
- Project work related to professional interest.
- Vulnerable Persons
- Advanced Life Sciences

Please see our related courses for our specialist professional practice degrees.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and assessment methods vary depending on the choice of modules/pathway. Teaching methods include lead lectures, student-led discussions, case studies, debate, reflective accounts of practice, workshops, group work and tutorials.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Employers value highly and are attracted to international nurses who have gained a Masters degree within the UK. To support employability the course maximises the potential to develop your career within nursing, by offering a “Learning in the workplace” module which includes a period of work experience.

Employer engagement has led to high levels of post-study employment both within the NHS and within the independent sector. In addition many international nursing graduates gain employment in other countries, such as Canada, Australia and the Emirate States. The University runs a number of nursing employer events which are attended by employers from independent, NHS and nursing agencies.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments mainly based on issues from practice, scenario based role plays and critical literature reviews.

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This Masters course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Read more
This Masters course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Successful graduates of this course will have completed the formal elements of the training required to practise as a play therapist.

As well as meeting core requirements for play therapy training, the course introduces you to therapeutic interventions with different client groups including children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The course offers placement opportunities in a variety of settings, including schools, children’s centres, charitable organisations and multidisciplinary agencies. You will develop the skills needed to practise as a professional in a responsible and demanding clinical environment.

The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge relating to play therapy, drawing on the experience and skills of qualified psychologists and play therapists, as well as other creative therapists and counselling staff. The course team is actively engaged with practitioner work and related research.

This is a demanding course and acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for training. Students are also required to undertake their own personal therapy (60 hours) and clinical supervision (50 hours) as part of the professional requirement for registration as a Play Therapist. Students are expected to meet these costs in addition to the course fees.

There are also opportunities for suitable students to undertake part of their clinical practice hours in the PAWB Wales clinic.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/639-msc-play-therapy

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Child Development
- Play Therapy Skills
- Advanced Play Therapy Skills
- Research Methods
- Working with Children and their Families
- Clinical Practice & Personal Therapy 1
- Clinical Practice & Personal Therapy 2

Learning and teaching methods

Full-time study is delivered intensively on one day per week over two years (9am- 6pm in year one).

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, reflective diaries, research project work and specialist guest speakers.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Career opportunities for play therapists exist in many stimulating areas, such as community groups, social services, education services, the National Health Service and private clients.

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. Clinical work placements are available as part of this course.

Facilities

Students in Psychology have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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The MSc Health and Public Service Management course has been designed for professionals working in healthcare organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Read more
The MSc Health and Public Service Management course has been designed for professionals working in healthcare organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The University has a long tradition of providing high quality healthcare management courses and has successfully delivered similar postgraduate programmes for over 20 years.

During the course, you will examine the challenges facing healthcare and related public service areas, making strong links between academic theory and management practice to create a relevant context. You will also specialise in a key area through your chosen dissertation topic.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/303-msc-health-and-public-service-management

What you will study

You will study 180 credits over the duration of the MSc Health and Public Service Management course. The modules you will study are:

Postgraduate Certificate
- Managing Resources and Projects (20 credits)
Develop the capability of dealing with current issues associated with resourcing the UK public sector.

- Managing People and Organisations (20 credits)
Analyse key concepts in organisational behaviour and management and evaluate these in a public sector context.

- Strategy and Leadership (20 credits)
Critically evaluate various approaches to strategy and leadership in the public service context and gain the practical skills to lead and manage services effectively.


Postgraduate Diploma
- Health, Policy and Innovation (20 credits)
Develop an awareness of different theoretical approaches to health and policy making and the ability to promote reflective thinking around public service innovation.

- Partnership Service Improvement and Delivery (20 credits)
Critically appraise recent approaches to managing and improving performance. You’ll examine and analyse the opportunities and constraints of providing collaborative public services.

- Conducting Research (20 credits)
Develop your ability to plan, execute and write up a piece of research whilst gaining a critical understanding of the nature of social and policy research.

MSc
You will complete a 40 credit dissertation on a topic you have selected.

Learning and teaching methods

During the course you will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Leaders from the public sector are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures on topics embedded within the course, so you will benefit from their wealth of experience.

Full-time study involves completing the six taught modules and a dissertation over one full academic year. You will have 12 class contact hours over two days each week – Wednesdays and Thursday between 2-8pm.

For part-time students, the taught component is delivered over two academic years, with a commitment of around six hours on one day each week. You can expect to complete the course over three academic years, but the flexible modular structure allows you to progress at your own pace and combine study with work and/or personal commitments. During the first year of the MSc you will study on Wednesdays between 2-8pm. On your second year you will study on Thursday’s between 2-8pm.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course will develop your understanding, competence and confidence if you are a manager, or aspire to a position of significant managerial responsibility, in healthcare and related public service areas.

Your studies will help develop and refine your management techniques in the context of the healthcare sector. Therefore, upon graduation, you will be equipped with a broad management skill-set that can be applied throughout a range of public services but will also enable you to specialise in a healthcare profession.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by coursework for each module, usually through work-based assignments that involve the application of academic theory to work practice. Coursework can range from reports to poster presentations, and even speeches.

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The MSc Public Health creates professionals who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage. Read more
The MSc Public Health creates professionals who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage.

The MSc Public Health was designed in consultation with Public Health Wales and supports the development of public health practitioners through enabling them to negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate policy and practice initiatives. The course also addresses wide-ranging public health issues that arise in diverse cultures, settings and environments.

The course curriculum is underpinned by standards set by the UK Public Health Skills and Career Framework, Faculty of Public Health and the National Occupational Standards for Public Health.

The MSc Public Health does not lead to registration on any professional register but can contribute towards preparation for Part A of the Faculty of Public Health examinations.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/618-msc-public-health

What you will study

Modules
- Evidence-based Public Health
- Sustainable Public Health
- Promoting Health in Diverse Environments
- Effective Prioritisation
- Health Promotion and Social Marketing
- Leading Change
- Publication and Dissemination

Plus one optional module from a list such as International Family Health.

Learning and teaching methods

The programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, which includes lectures, online tools and group work to encourage critical skills. You will be expected to manage your own enquiry-based learning.

Learning alongside students from a wide range of disciplines and from other countries will ensure a rich learning environment concordant with contemporary multi-disciplinary approaches to public health.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This degree opens up a variety of employment opportunities in the UK and internationally, and across the public and voluntary sectors, e.g, in schools, colleges and universities, advocacy organisations, international non-government organisations, consulting firms, local and national government organisations, health delivery organisations and community development organisations. There is also opportunity to work in global organisations such as the World Health Organisation.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including poster and powerpoint presentations, academic assignments, production of management briefs, reflective accounts, a literature review and an epidemiology exam.

You will also have the opportunity to prepare a piece of work for potential publication through the Publication and Dissemination module.

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Whether you are at a senior level within your professional career, recently graduated or have an interest in mental health issues, this one year flexible taught masters degree in mental health offers a unique opportunity to extend your knowledge. Read more
Whether you are at a senior level within your professional career, recently graduated or have an interest in mental health issues, this one year flexible taught masters degree in mental health offers a unique opportunity to extend your knowledge.

This degree is designed to promote knowledge and understanding of contemporary and international perspectives including; socio-cultural-political and economic influences on mental health. You will also be introduced to the range of conceptual and contemporary schools of thoughts that currently inform the study of mental health.

The course will enable you to:
- Become proficient, creative and innovative in analysing and evaluating perspectives in mental health practice.
- Function at an advanced level within the contemporary political, social and economic environment.
- To develop strategies for role and service development and quality enhancement.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/614-msc-professional-practice-mental-health

What you will study

Modules
Core module:
- Research module – 40 credits

Specified modules:
- Mental Health Care and Modern Society – 20 credits
- Perspectives in Mental Health – 20 credits
- Dissertation – 60 credits

Optional Modules:
You can build the right combination of knowledge by selecting modules (up to 40 credits) within the MSc Professional Practice portfolio. Students can also access optional modules from the Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice. Optional modules will depend on student demand and programme resources.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching methods include student-led debates, seminars, workshops and presentations. You will be encouraged to be a critical thinker, enabling you to question some ideologies and develop your own ideas informed by evidence and research. The course will be delivered in a relaxed, supportive and educationally stimulating environment.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Students successfully completing the MSc Mental Health will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills required to function at an advanced level within mental health services in health, social, independent and voluntary sectors.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments and reports, and a book review of a title appropriate to the module content. Students are encouraged to carry out assignments that are relevant to their areas of practice/interests.

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