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Advancing Practice MSc

Responding to the needs of modern healthcare, this is a dynamic and multi-faceted postgraduate programme that helps practitioners to move confidently into new and more demanding areas of work.

This mutidisciplinary course develops a critical appreciation of health and social care within a contemporary, social, political, economic and cultural context.

Modules include Advanced Adult Health Assessment and Leading and Managing people. The course is modular and as such can be studied either full or part-time. It will appeal if you are providing or interested in care and health in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors.

The course will develop your critical thinking and evaluative skills. The flexible postgraduate modular scheme means you can study at your own pace, and there are opportunities to design a personally focused course to meet individual needs and interests.

The course will enable you to get involved in debate and share ideas with other students from a range of different backgrounds and perspectives within the health, social care and welfare sector.

There are three awards available in Advancing Practice

MSc Advancing Practice for which you will do:
MSAP4001    Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery
MSAP4002    Research Methods in Healthcare
80 or 100 credits from the course content , depending on the size of dissertation you choose
MSAP4005 or MSAP4006    Dissertation (40 or 60 credits)

 

MSc Advancing Practice (Healthcare Leadership and Management) for which you will do:
MSAP4001    Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery
MSAP4002    Research Methods in Healthcare
MSAP4071    Leading and Managing People
MSAP4072    Leading and Managing Change for Quality Improvement 
MSAP4006    Dissertation

plus

20 credits from the module list below:

MSAP4051    Healthcare Law and Ethics (20 credits)
MSAP4080    Negotiated Learning (20 credits)
MSAP4090    Group Negotiated Learning (20 credits)

 

 

 

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group

 

MSc Advancing Practice (Advanced Clinical Practice) for which you will do:
MSAP4001    Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery
MSAP4002    Research Methods in Healthcare

AND

MSAP4020    Advanced Adult Health Assessment
or
MSAP4160    Advanced Paediatric Health Assessment
or
MSAP4031    Newborn Physical Examination

AND

MSAP4005 or MSAP4006 Dissertation (40 or 60 credits)
*MSAP4006 is mandatory for HEE funded students

If you do the 40 credit dissertation you will also need 60 credits from the module list below
If you do the 60 credit dissertation you will also need 40 credits from the module list below

MSAP4021    Non Medical Prescribing (40 credits)
MSAP4022    Practice Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (40 credits)
MSAP4071    Leading and Managing People (20 credits)
MSAP4051    Healthcare, Law and Ethics (20 credits)
MSAP4080    Negotiated Learning (20 credits)
MSAP4085    Negotiated Learning (40 credits)

Post Graduate Certificate: Teacher in Health and Social Care for which you will do:
MSAP4040    Facilitating Learning
MSAP4041    Context of learning and leading learning

The PGC - Teacher in Health and Social Care is a suitable educational programme for all health and social care workers.  The learning outcomes, delivery and assessment reflect equivalent standards and outcomes for non-NMC students wishing to achieve a teaching qualification.

This PG Cert is available as a stand alone award or as optional modules for the MSc Advancing Practice.

Additional Exit Awards

Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

MSAP4001 Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery (20 credits)

MSAP4020 Advanced Adult Health Assessment (40 credits)

Post Graduate Diploma in Advancing Clinical Practice * Subject to approval

MSAP4001 Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery (20 credits)

MSAP4002  Research Methods in Healthcare  (20 credits)

AND

MSAP4020 Advanced Adult Health Assessment (40 credits)

or

MSAP4160 Advanced Paediatric Health Assessment (40 credits)

or

MSAP4031 Newborn Physical Examination (40 credits)

plus 40 credits from the list below:

MSAP4021    Non Medical Prescribing (40 credits)
MSAP4022    Practice Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (40 credits) 
MSAP4071    Leading and Managing People (20 credits)
MSAP4051    Healthcare, Law and Ethics (20 credits)  
MSAP4080    Negotiated Learning (20 credits)
MSAP4085    Negotiated Learning (40 credits)  

Some modules may have specific entry requirements - please contact the module leader for further information

We also have a range of workshops and conferences that may be of interest 

In any given year the availability of option modules will depend on student numbers and in the event of an option module not being able to run due to a low number of students registering for that module, students will in these circumstances be able to choose an alternative option module or the negotiated study module as an alternative.

Postgraduate Loans

New Postgraduate Loans for Masters degrees in the UK are being introduced for students commencing their students in the 2016/17 academic year.

Visit our postgraduate loans page for more information.

Factfile

How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pgadmissions@worc.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an honours degree preferably in a subject associated with health, social care or social welfare. If you don’t have a degree we are always open to discuss equivalents.

The programme is open to professionals and non-professionals as well as those in practice and not in practice.

Some modules and awards may require specific entry criteria. This is especially so if they are associated with awards from a regulatory body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council. Details are on the module flyers.

Students may be asked to an informal interview, depending on their application information. All students are asked to supply an academic reference, preferably from an academic who has taught you in the last few years. If this is not possible, a professional reference is required.


Study options

The course is modular and can be studied full time in one year or part-time in a maximum of 6 years.

Each module you achieve will give you 20 CAT (Credit Accumulation and Transfer) points. You need a total of 180 for the whole MSc. Most modules are run during the day in a variety of different formats, some are half days and some full days. Modules usually occupy about 6 days but in some modules some of these days are replaced by online or independent learning. Most modules (but not all) are run over a 15 week period.

Typically, a practitioner working full time might undertake one module each semester, and with 9 to undertake, could complete it in 4 years. However you could move through the programme faster if you wish.

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Advancing Practice Office
cpdinfo@worc.ac.uk

Employability

Employability

Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers.

Course content

Modules

Module choice

To get the MSc you have to have achieved 180 Credits at level 7 (Masters level). To see how many credits each module is, have a look at the flyers below.

Attendance

Modules run in either full of half days. Most 20 credit modules are 6 days but in some modules some of these days are replaced by online or independent learning. Most modules (but not all) are run over a 15 week period. 

Mandatory modules  

The mandatory modules for the MSc are MSAP4001 and MSAP4002, both of which we recommend you do first, and one of the Dissertation modules at the end.

MSAP4001 is also mandatory for a MAP postgraduate certificate (Excluding the Teacher Award) with any other two modules.

MSAP4001 and MSAP4002 are also mandatory for any postgraduate diploma, with any other four modules

Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 1

MSAP4001 - Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery
MSAP4002 - Research Methods in Healthcare
MSAP4005/4006 - Dissertation
MSAP4021 - Non Medical Prescribing
MSAP4022 - Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
MSAP4031 - Newborn Physical Examination
MSAP4039 - Mentorship for Assessment in Practice (Worcester)
MSAP4040 - Facilitating Learning (Post Graduate Certificate: Teacher in Health and Social Care)
MSAP4071 - Leading and Managing People
MSAP4080 - MSAP4086 - Negotiated Learning
MSAP4090/4095 - Negotiated Group Learning
MSAP4112 - Leading Person Centred Services for People Living with Dementia

Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 2

MSAP4001 - Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery
MSAP4002 - Research Methods in Healthcare
MSAP4005/4006 - Dissertation
MSAP4020 - Advanced Adult Health Assessment
MSAP4021 - Non Medical Prescribing
MSAP4022 - Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
MSAP4039 - Mentorship for Assessment in Practice (Worcester)
MSAP4041 - Context of learning and leading learning (Post Graduate Certificate: Teacher in Health and Social Care)
MSAP4051 - Law and Ethics for Health and Social Care
MSAP4072 - Leading and Managing Quality Improvement
MSAP4080 to MSAP4086 - Negotiated Learning
MSAP4090/4095 - Negotiated Group Learning
MSAP4160 - Advanced Paediatric Health Assessment


Optional modules available for the MSc Advancing Practice from the MSc Public Health programme:

MSPH4005 Global Health (20 credits)
MSPH4006 Community Focussed Health Improvement in the United Kingdom (20 credits)
MSPH4007 Climate change and Public Health (20 credits)
MSPH4008 Health and Social Care Quality (20 credits)

Please contact John Leah (MSc Public Health Programme Leader) for further information on these modules - j.leah@worc.ac.uk

 

 


Assessment

Assessment

MSc Advancing Practice assignments are designed to help you develop post graduate skills in critique and analysis as well as your specialist skills and knowledge. We will provide you with feedback on your work throughout the course. Assignments are mostly written, including essays, reports and personal independent projects. However there are some written exams,  presentations, seminars and practical exams and online assessments. Some  modules have enquiry based assessments.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The teaching and learning strategies are designed to help you to develop your knowledge, academic and transferrable skills and autonomy, as well as helping you to work better in groups and to learn from others. There will be lectures, small group work and presentations. We also encourage you to share drafts of your work with your module leader  and to arrange individual tutorial discussions. All modules include an online element, from being a repository of supportive material to providing actual online learning, either blended with traditional teaching or on its own. For instance, the module Contemporary Issues in Sexual Health is completely online.

Negotiated Learning

These modules give you the chance to design a module around a personal project with the support of a supervisor.

Student views

Joseph Musasizi

Joseph Musasizi, from Uganda, is studying for a Masters degree in Advancing Practice as part of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.

“Worcester is very nice and the people are very friendly. This is the first time I have been to the UK and I like it very much. I am very much looking forward to spending the next year studying here.”

Joseph studied for a degree in Social Work and Social Administration in Uganda and is hoping this Masters degree will help him to pursue a successful career in social work in his home country.

Heather Fraser, a physiotherapist from Worcester has just completed the MSc Advancing Practice.

‘I thought the flexibility to explore any relevant subject was a key strength of the programme. It meant  I could explore topics relevant to my practice for my assignments with support. It also helped to keep me motivated as it seemed like there was more purpose to the assignments. The course was really good; challenging but rewarding. I think and practice in a completely different way now.’      

 


Academic department

Institute of Health & Society  

“The University is a leading innovator in the fields of health and social care. Unique appointments such as the UK’s first professors of perinatal education and tissue viability demonstrate our commitment to research excellence.”
Louise Jones, Head of Institute


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