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Implementation and Improvement Science MSc


Course Description

MSc Implementation and Improvement Science is a practical and innovative course for anyone who is interested in improving health services and wants to know how to do it well. It has been created by implementation and improvement science experts working together under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

Key benefits:

- The course has been created by implementation and improvement science experts working together under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

- Taught by leading researchers and specialists in the field, including implementation and improvement science experts from NIHR CLAHRC South London and from King’s Improvement Science (KIS) at King’s Health Partners, with renowned visiting speakers.

- A free two-day Implementation Science Masterclass run by the CLAHRC South London with international experts in the field.

- The programme combines both theory and practical experience giving you the opportunity to really put into practice what you have learnt.

- Opportunities to join a thriving research community and to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events, such as reading groups, round-table discussions and workshops.

- Taught within a world-class institution that conducts innovative research that influences national and global health policy.

- Opportunities to engage with the worlds of policy-making, non-governmental agencies and health research.

- Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/implementation-and-improvement-science-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The course provides rigorous training that will enable you to develop research skills to support the design and delivery of effective health services. You will have the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate health interventions working in partnership with health and social care providers to meet live service needs.

- Course purpose -

The course content is suitable for people at the start of their career as well as people who have been working in, or using health services for a longer period of time.

- Course format and assessment -

The programme assessments are practical and have been designed to help you think about how to develop an effective health intervention. For example, you will be asked to prepare a poster; produce a presentation on a project you have designed to improve health services or health outcomes; and you will undertake an empirical study within a health setting for your dissertation.

Required modules:

- Principles of implementation and improvement science (30 credits)
- Measurement and evaluation in healthcare practice (15 credits)
- Issues in the conduct of health services research (15 credits)
- Implementation and improvement science dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

The programme provides rigorous training into how to design and implement effective health interventions and improve the delivery of health care services. This programme also may provide a pathway towards more advanced academic study e.g. MPhil or PhD.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Why study at King's:

- Internationally renowned clinicians and academics

- Largest provider of healthcare professional training in Europe

- Links with industry, health services and policy makers

- Clinical attachment with the best teaching hospitals as part of King’s Health Partners http://www.kingshealthpartners.org

- Integrated inter-professional learning throughout the courses

- Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally

- Opportunities to study with nurses, midwives and other health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms

* King’s College London is ranked equal 19th university in the world (2015 QS World University Rankings)

- World's first professional nursing & midwifery education centre

- Top Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)

Scholarships & Funding:

A limited number of CLAHRC South London scholarships worth £2,000 each are available that can be used towards tuition fees for UK applicants who wish to start the course in September 2016. The scholarships will be awarded on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to suitable candidates.

In addition, all current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the King's scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

What students have said:

'I’ve learnt so much about implementation methodologies and how to apply them.'

'It’s been great having such a range of speakers from different backgrounds and disciplines…you wouldn't normally have access to this - so it was a real privilege.'

'The course has been really beneficial in meeting others working and thinking about how best to improve services and implement change – both fellow students and experts across the field.'

'We have had lectures and workshops led by bodies such as NHS Improving Quality and King’s Improvement Science, and there are many opportunities to attend conferences and increase exposure to work that is taking place across London and the UK.'

'It’s a challenging and busy course, but I think we will all get a huge amount out of it! '

'As a relatively new and developing field, it has been really interesting to be exposed to current thinking around best practice, and to see how this is still a dynamic and shared learning process.'

'It really helped me consider moving beyond just undertaking a research project and how that research can actually be implemented in practice.'

'The research methods and ethics modules that we have also undertaken so far have given a really good grounding in understanding how research works and ties into the NHS.'

Keywords: Implementation science, improvement science, implementation research, applied health research, evidence-based practice, knowledge mobilisation, knowledge translation, translational medicine, clinical research training fellow, clinician scientist fellow, quality improvement, masters in clinical research

Visit the Implementation and Improvement Science MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elaine Horne

984.jpg The variety of modules offered by King’s allowed me to construct a degree that was interesting, academically challenging and which had real relevance to my specialty. King’s has a world-class reputation and this was certainly evident in the quality of the teaching and excellent study facilities. I found the teaching staff to be friendly and approachable and, importantly, peer group support was facilitated and encouraged.

Undertaking an MSc with King’s has been a very positive and rewarding experience which I would certainly recommend to any nurse who is keen for both personal and professional development.

(Student Profile)

James

'The course has been really beneficial in meeting others working and thinking about how best to improve services and implement change – both fellow students and experts across the field.'


(Scholarship)

CLAHRC South London scholarships - 5 Awards

To be considered for the scholarship, you must, by the above application deadline:Have submitted a complete online admissions application for a postgraduate master’s programme at King’s College London. Your admissions application must be complete in order for your funding application to be considered. For an admissions application to be deemed ‘complete’ it must contain all the relevant supporting documentation, such as references, transcripts, and English language scores. It is your responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials are submitted to King’s by the application deadline of 31 August 2016 by 17.00GMT.Once we have received your application, the MSc team will check your eligibility. Please be aware that in order to receive the scholarship you must attend King’s in September 2016 to study the programme associated with your scholarship application.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

A limited number of CLAHRC South London scholarships worth £2,000 each are available that can be used towards tuition fees for UK applicants who wish to start the course in September 2016. The scholarships will be awarded on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to suitable candidates.

Application Procedure

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please indicate this under the ‘funding’ section of the application form. Verification of eligibility will be conducted by the MSc Implementation and Improvement Science team.

Further Information

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/implementation-and-improvement-science-msc.aspx



Entry Requirements

BSc Honours 2:1 or above in medicine, psychology, nursing, any Allied Health Professional discipline, social science, or other mental or physical health related field, or an equivalent qualification awarded by a European or International University. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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