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Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Address the big questions within practice and challenge the status quo with this innovative Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care course.

Who is it for?

This course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers. It will appeal to those who want to create positive change by conducting evidence-based research which can be applied in practice. Our students come from a variety of careers in the health and social care sector; including emergency practitioners, health care managers and podiatrists. Students also come on to the course directly from undergraduate degree courses.

Objectives

The MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care is a scholarly Masters degree with a strong theoretical focus. We believe that to be effective, you need a future-proofed qualification; one which explores practice from a wider, research-based perspective.

Designed in consultation with users and carers, the course takes account of the user experience and has been developed around their expectations of professionals within the healthcare sector.

The MSc will challenge practices within the current healthcare sector and ask questions such as:
-How can we prove and measure our performance?
-To what extent should we challenge guidelines or established forms of practice?
-How can our actions within practice transform the user experience?
-How can we manage levels of stress in a way that promotes welfare?

The MSc also offers students the flexibility to tailor the modules they study to meet their professional needs by offering a range of elective modules from across the School’s programmes from management and leadership to infection control.

Academic facilities

Depending on your choice of elective modules you will have access to a wide range of excellent resources and facilities including a simulated clinical environment and the interactive website, Connect.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups through a variety of methods including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. We support and encourage you to become an independent learner and you will have access to Moodle, City's Virtual Learning Platform, for a more interactive learning experience.

One of the greatest advantages of this degree is the variety of students the course attracts. As a student on this programme at City you will be able to share your experience with peers from across the world and a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Assessment

You may be assessed by coursework, examinations, portfolios, mini labs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations and skills schedules depending on your choice of elective modules. You may also be expected to take part in formative assessment activities in addition to the summative assessments.

Modules

Most students will study two core modules in the first or second term; Critical approaches to advanced practice and introduction to research methods and Applied data analysis . From this point onwards, you direct your programme of study choosing five elective modules from a wide range on offer within the School of Health Sciences.

Our expert lecturers will be able to advise you on the best elective modules to tailor the course to your own needs and interests. Full-time students can complete the course in a year, but most students undertake the taught modules in a year and conduct their dissertation in the second year. There is also the opportunity to complete the dissertation remotely.

The course constitutes 45 credits for the core modules, 75 credits for the elective modules and 60 credits for the dissertation. When it comes to the dissertation, you can choose your own area of interest and format, opting to submit a traditional research project where you source data and analyse it, or a literature review where you conduct a critical review of current practice.

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for the dissertation). The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one years' taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students. Full-time students must complete their Postgraduate Diploma in three years and part-time students in five years.

Postgraduate Certificates in health and social care are not offered on a full-time basis. Alternatively, students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. To find out more please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules
Students have the opportunity to complete an additional five modules of 15 credits offered across the School of Health Sciences CPPD portfolio. There are over 50 modules to choose from including modules such as psychology for health and social care, leading and managing change, and infection control.

Students completing the two core modules plus one optional module totalling 60 credits can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. On successful completion of seven modules (120 credits) students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of the dissertation leads to an MSc (180 credits).

Career prospects

Graduates from the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care course go into management consultant positions, teaching and research. Many work for the NHS or local authorities, but there are opportunities to work in other health areas. The course also qualifies you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

By successfully completing this course you will be able to enhance your skills in practice. You will also be able to apply your skills within posts in administration, management and health research in a variety of public and private settings.

Students also go on to advanced higher-grade senior health and/or social care practitioner roles in specific specialist areas. If you are a health professional with specific requirements for development, the flexible nature of the course will be particularly suitable. We can offer support if you would like more information about the different options available.

Visit the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the City, University of London website for more details!



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(Scholarship)

SHS International Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Health Sciences (SHS), together with the University, has identified Postgraduate Programmes as a priority area for strategic expansion and part of this incentive is to increase the number of international (non-EU) students studying one of the Schools MSc programmes.We are therefore offering a number of SHS International Excellence Scholarships of up to £2,000 for students starting one of our MSc programmes in September 2016 and January 2017.Scholarship awards are confirmed on a rolling basis as applications are received, and you can expect to hear from us whether your scholarship application is successful when you are offered a place on the programme. Decisions will be final and made by a panel led by the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies. The award will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee instalment of a full-time student. For part-time students, half the amount will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee, and half from the September 2017 tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

This scholarship will be awarded to international postgraduate students showing academic and/or clinical/professional excellence, who are registered full or part-time, on one of the MSc programmes offered by the School of Health Sciences. It is only available to students applying for the full MSc programme (not the PG Cert or PG Diploma). Students cannot be in receipt of more than one scholarship/bursary.

Application Procedure

Applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarship on applying for their course.Awards are competitive and will be awarded for academic and clinical excellence as well as for exceptional innovation in enterprise as evidenced within your personal statement.

Further Information

http://www.city.ac.uk/health/shs-international-excellence-scholarship


(Scholarship)

The Dean's Scholarships for Academic and Clinical Excellence - 2 Awards

At City University London we believe that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. The School of Health Sciences at City is offering several scholarships to UK, EU and International postgraduate students with a profile of academic and clinical excellence starting one of our MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care courses in the October or January intake or MSc Health Psychology/Psychology and Health in the October intake. The award will be granted strictly on merit after a shortlist and selection process. The decisions will be made by a selection panel and will be final.MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care
The Scholarship amount is a total of £2,500 for both full-time and part-time students and several scholarships will be awarded in total at the start of the first year of the course. The total amount will be awarded in the form of a fee waiver at the start of the academic year for full-time students, and half of the amount will be awarded in the form of a fee waiver for part-time students in the first and second years of study.MSc Health Psychology/Psychology and Health
The Scholarship amount is a total of £1,000 for both full-time and part-time students and 10 scholarships will be awarded in total at the start of the first year of the course. The total amount will be awarded in the form of a fee waiver at the start of the academic year for full-time students, and half of the amount will be awarded in the form of a fee waiver for part-time students in the first and second years of study.A selection panel will shortlist candidates on merit and the top candidates will be awarded the scholarships.The amount will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee instalment of a full-time student. For part-time students, the awarded amount will be deducted from the September 2016 and September 2017 tuition fee instalments.Please note:City University London reserves the right to make changes to the terms and conditions of the Dean's Scholarships for Academic and Clinical Excellence and these will appear on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000/£2,500

Eligibility

To qualify for The Dean's Scholarship, you must:
- be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships;
- be a full or part time student;
- demonstrate academic and/or clinical excellence and a commitment to advancing your clinical and/or academic skills;
- be in your first year of postgraduate study for the October or January intake on any one of the routes of the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care courseOR- be in your first year of postgraduate study for the October intake on the MSc Health Psychology/Psychology and Health course.

Application Procedure

To apply, please write a statement (of up to 800 words in length) explaining why you believe you should be awarded the scholarship, why you want to do the course and how you will use it to shape your future career. Please use the official scholarships form, remembering to include a word count. You can upload the statement as a supplementary document in your online application, or email it to our Programme Administration team at [email protected] if you have already applied. Please state your full name and student number if this is known, together with the full name of the course for which you have registered.Deadline for MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care applications for September 2016 is 12pm on Monday 22nd August 2016.Deadline for MSc Health Psychology/Psychology and Health applications for October 2016 is 12pm on Monday 22nd August 2016.

Further Information

http://www.city.ac.uk/health/the-deans-scholarships-for-academic-and-clinical-excellence



Entry Requirements

A first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education. We usually require at least one years' experience in health and social care. References may be requested. Applicants will be able to bring to the programme recent studies (up to a quarter of their credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby are exempt from up to three modules.

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