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Advancing Practice (MSc)

Course Description

This online MSc is ideal for healthcare professionals seeking a qualification that is contemporary, flexible and relevant to practice.

About the programme

The programme is relevant to all healthcare professionals and will enable you to make a significant contribution to improving practice and providing quality care.

Your learning

You may focus on modules relating to a specific practice area to add a specialist named pathway to the MSc Advancing Practice award. These pathways include: Advanced Clinical Practice; Nursing; Cancer and Palliative Care; and Care and Practice Improvement

There are three exit points within the programme:
• Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
• Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
• MSc Advancing Practice (180 credits)

Core modules for the programme
• Postgraduate Certificate – Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Postgraduate Diploma – Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care
• MSc – Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation

Specific core and option modules are required for completion of the four named pathway awards:

- Advanced Clinical Practice:
Core modules:
• Advanced Decision Making (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Advanced Work-based Learning (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Assessment in Advanced Practice; Clinical Teaching; Complexities of Pain; Complex Respiratory Disorders; and Advanced Vascular Access.

- Cancer and Palliative Care:
Core modules:
• Advancing Communication (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Psychosocial Concerns (Postgraduate Diploma)
• Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Symptoms in Advanced Disease; and Independent Study HSC.

- Care and Practice Improvement:
Core modules:
• Advanced Facilitation Skills (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Developing Workplace Culture (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Improvement Research; Leadership for Effectiveness; Delivering Compassionate Care; HAI Improvement in Practice; and Advanced Work-Based Learning.

- Nursing:
Core modules:
• Role Development in Nursing (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Leadership for Effectiveness (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Delivering Compassionate Care; Clinical Teaching; Dementia Care Principles; Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care; Independent Study HSC; and Prescribing in Advanced Practice.

Our Careers Adviser says

Masters qualifications support career advancement and advanced practitioner roles, potentially leading to PhD study. Graduates possess highly employable transferable skills.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Advancing Practice (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from nursing and allied health professionals who should normally possess a first degree. Applicants with substantial experience and who can show professional development may also be considered. Additional criteria are required for some modules such as the advanced practice modules. A nursing qualification is required for the nursing pathway. Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will be considered. Skills in information communication technology are also required. Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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