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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Prostate Cancer Care

Course Description

If you are a healthcare professional, this course gives you the knowledge and expertise to develop as a specialist prostate cancer practitioner. Through a combination of online learning and (if appropriate) taught study days you learn how to provide, promote and develop high standards of care.

The postgraduate certificate stage focuses on developing your clinical knowledge and skills. The prostate cancer module gives you an in-depth understanding of managing the stages of the disease including:
-The physical and psychosocial impact.
-The needs of those affected.
-How these needs can be addressed.

As advanced communication is essential to your clinical role, you take one of two modules on the subject. This helps you develop your knowledge of the concepts underpinning advanced communication strategies used in practice. If you choose to take the advanced communication skills in practice module, you have the opportunity to practice your communication skills during intensive role play, the key learning approach.

During the postgraduate diploma stage you develop your understanding of the wider specialist and advanced practice role in areas such as:
-Peer support.
-Service development and improvement.

You also expand your knowledge of high risk or high priority areas in practice such as:
-Care of African Caribbean men.
-Needs relating to sexual function.
-End of life care.

This stage of the course also prepares you for undertaking research by improving your understanding of research methods and helping you develop a research question for investigation.

In the final masters stage you research a specific area of interest relevant to your professional role and priorities in practice. This enables you to specialise in your chosen topic, develop expertise and hopefully influence practice or policy.

Throughout your studies you are encouraged to reflect on your role as:
-An ambassador for your patients and their families.
-A peer supporter for other healthcare professionals involved in caring for people affected by the disease.
-An educator.

You also evaluate your own practice and the practice of others to help you develop ideas for service improvement within your practice and workplace.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-prostate-cancer-care

Course delivery

This is primarily a distance learning course using online learning. You must have internet access and be prepared to engage with technology. We supply you with a range of online learning and teaching resources, including access to library resources and information databases.

Each module provides clear guidance on how to approach your self-directed study. This learning is enhanced by online, tutor facilitated group discussions allowing you to share views and practice experiences with other students. These sessions are a popular and valuable learning resource, and are also used to support you in your final marked assessment.

Professional recognition

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887.

Course structure

Distance learning – 3 years. Starts September and January.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits. The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate Certificate core modules
-Prostate cancer (15 credits)
-Advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Advancing practice in prostate cancer care (30 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (you choose a further 30 credits from the following modules)
-Loss, grief and bereavement (15 credits)
-Complexities in symptom management (15 credits)
-Collaborative working in supportive care (15 credits)
-Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
-Evidencing your continuing professional development (15 credits)

Assessment: online activities and discussion; essays; project and research work; presentations.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Prostate Cancer Care page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You need a degree or a higher diploma level professionally recognised qualification in a related healthcare subject such as nursing or radiotherapy and oncology. A significant part of your current work should focus on the care of those affected by prostate cancer. The course is specifically designed for individuals working within or towards a specialist practice role in prostate cancer care. If English is not your first language you need an IETS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

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