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The MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diabetes Diploma course offered by the University.
The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies.
Thereafter they are able to select either a professional project up to 10,500 words or there is an option (for home based eligible students) to complete the attendance based Independent Prescribing Module enabling those eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their MSc qualification. This is the only course offering this dual qualification.
Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.
This module aims to prepare students academically to interpret, understand and utilise the appropriate research methodologies in Diabetes focused care. Students will:
Successfully recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.
Understand, interpret and apply basic statistical and epidemiological terms.
Critically appraise the various study designs used in clinical, scientific and quantitative research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.
Interpret principles of qualitative research in the care of patients with Diabetes.
Module 2 - Professional Project
This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue in greater depth relating to Diabetes. In particular the student will:
Develop an ability to critically appraise areas of healthcare practice and delivery.
Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research, clinical governance and organisational practice.
Display skills in independent research and study.
Display skills relevant to independent production of scientific publications.
The professional project must be diabetes-related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:
Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
Module 2 - Independent prescribing module
Appropriate for Healthcare professionals who wish to function at an extended and more autonomous level of practice as independent prescribers.
Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Diabetes
MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2 - Professional Project
To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.
Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).
Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.
All our MSc courses are part-time, online courses delivered over 1 year.
The dates below are common to all our MSc courses.
September 2016 intake:
Deadline for applications: 12th August 2016
Introductory lectures: 26th August 2016
Online Course starts: 26th September 2016
Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this course.Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.