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Advanced Health and Professional Practice MSc

Course Description

This is a post-registration award, designed to meet the advancing professional needs of registered healthcare professionals wishing to take higher studies. It is structured to give opportunities to obtain academic credits and
a range of awards.

The course is intended to meet the needs of anyone seeking a flexible and adaptable route to a successful postgraduate degree, or to undertake postgraduate-level study for continual professional development purposes at an advanced level.
International students are suited to this course. It allows you to share experiences on how different healthcare systems operate across the world, enriching your learning and allowing you to gain a rounded view of this field
of work, on a global level.

For nurses only: successful completion of our course will enhance your international employability. Once you have completed the MSc, you may be able to progress (providing you meet the specific entry requirements) and complete our Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP). Successful completion of the ONP will enable you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and work as a registered nurse in the UK.

Course Modules:

The course aims to provide a framework for postgraduate study which offers healthcare practitioners the opportunity to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding for advancing healthcare practice. One of the central aims is to enable you
to develop practice by the four integrated sub-roles of expert practitioner, educator, researcher and leader. The course consists of core and optional modules, and you will need to study 60 credits of optional modules to make up the total of 180 credits to be awarded the MSc.

Core modules:
•Theory, Knowledge and reasoning in Professional Practice (30 credits)
•Research designs in Health (30 credits)
•Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules include:
•Strategic leadership and effective management (15 credits)
•Advanced Healthcare governance and Patient Safety (30 credits)
•Research dilemmas and Strategies (30 credits)
•Advanced communication Skills for Healthcare Practitioners (30 credits)
•Advancing Health and Professional Practice through independent Study (30 credits)
•Developing Health and Professional Practice through independent Study (15 or 30 credits)

For practitioners in local employment, any relevant Level 6 module Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) modules to a total of 30 credits may be taken.

Teaching and Assessment:

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used including lectures, seminars, small group discussions, self-study, debates, online learning, independent study and academic supervision. This is a modular course and each module is individually assessed. A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, reports, assessed seminars and a research dissertation.
There is the expectation that you will take responsibility for your learning and to seek support from the academic team as necessary. The philosophy of the course reflects the belief that you will manage your own learning independently with support from the course tutors.

Free English language tuition is available both before and during the course. For more information, please visit dmu.ac.uk/international


Staff have a great deal of expertise of teaching at master’s level. You are also fortunate to benefit from the expertise of staff from the healthcare sectors who contribute to teaching. Staff are also involved in carrying out research of national and international significance.

Graduate careers:

Completing this course will support your career progression to more senior posts within healthcare organisations or higher education institutions worldwide. This course will help you to advance your practice, undertake further research or progress to PhD study.

Many of our graduates have gone into teaching, and senior clinical and management posts.

“Studying for and subsequently achieving my MSc has led to new opportunities for me in clinical practice and has encouraged me to develop my career in nursing education.”

Martin Hopkins, Advanced Nursing Practice MSc graduate

Visit the Advanced Health and Professional Practice MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2012 entry, please visit our website2013 entry:•An Honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject) awarded by a British university or other equivalent •A professional qualification as a healthcare practitioner, current registration with the relevant healthcare professional body and current involvement in professional practice•You should supply two references; giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability.•In exceptional circumstances consideration may be given if you do not meet the aforementioned criteria. • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is essential, with writing and speaking skills at no less than IELTS 6.0

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