Advanced Practice

Advanced Practice Masters Degree

MSc

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Advanced Practice
  • Type Part-time, Full-time, Stand-alone modules, Online, Campus based
  • Start date All taught modules commence in the first week of September and in January.

Continuing Education Co-ordinator Nursing, Midwifery & Health
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK
+44 (0) 1786 466336 www.stir.ac.uk/nmhealth

The MSc Advanced Practice reflects a number of specific drivers within social and health care practice. Working with clinical experts, specialist agencies, research centres and keynote experts ensures the course has a robust and credible practice base in both its delivery and application. This initiative addresses the changing frame of health, social, public and voluntary sector workers – whereby collaboration and shared working is recognised as meeting the needs of the individual worker, patients, public and carers.

Key publications that give background to the MSc: Setting the Direction (DOH, 2006); Better Health; Better Care (NHS Scotland, 2007); Senior Charge Nurse Review (NHS Scotland, 2008); Delivering Health Leading Better Care: Report of the Senior Charge Nurse Review and Clinical Quality Indicators (NHS Scotland, 2008)

Course objectives

The Advanced Practice courses are specifically designed for practitioners in health and social care and allied health professions who engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs. The course is designed to both develop and embed knowledge, skill and confidence in practitioners who may already be working in a senior position as well as providing a base for those who are aspiring to advance their career. Each of the themed courses equips you with the ability to challenge theory, practice and effectiveness within the core elements of the course as well as in your chosen specialist fields.

We develop your ability to critically examine theoretical frameworks which can be integrated within your advanced practice. Autonomous and multi-professional working allows students from differing professions to work innovatively and learn collaboratively, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision. 

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Current professional registration as nurse or health/social care practioner is required.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

This is predominantly an online course with an option for some campus-based study.  As such it is suitable for both Home/EU and Overseas students.

Course start date

All taught modules commence in the first week of September and in January.

Structure and content

The Advanced Practice courses share core modules and a specialist module. Each 15-week module is SCQF level 11 worth 30 credits. Students complete 30 credits each semester.  The dissertation is worth 60 credits. Modules are provided in the Autumn and Spring Semester.

The core modules:

  • The Advanced Practitioner (30 credits)
  • Evaluating Impact on Practice (30 credits)
  • Quality Improvement Projects in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

The completion of the specialist themed module when linked to the same area of practice and maintained in your thesis provides you with a named MSc Advanced Practice, for example, MSc Advanced Practice (Long-term Conditions).

  • Specialist modules: Cancer Care, Long-term Conditions, Mental Health, Care of Older Person and Dementia Care

The thesis follows a Quality Improvement theme.

Delivery and assessment

The course can be completed over three years part-time or full-time over 18 months. Each module incorporates blended learning. All resources are web based with options to attend on campus for any allocated days You are encouraged to embed your learning within your practice, thereby advancing your critical understanding and application by completing directed activities, reading, seminars, tutorials and accessing student support online. Each module, with the exception of the dissertation, is available as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module.

Recommended reading

Key publications that give background to the MSc: Setting the Direction (DOH, 2006); Better Health; Better Care (NHS Scotland, 2007); Senior Charge Nurse Review (NHS Scotland, 2008); Delivering Health Leading Better Care: Report of the Senior Charge Nurse Review and Clinical Quality Indicators (NHS Scotland, 2008)

Module titles

Specialist modules:

  • Cancer Care 
  • Long-term Conditions
  • Mental Health
  • Care of Older Person 
  • Dementia Care

 

Why study Advanced Practice at Stirling?

Course Director

Dr Patricia Thomson

RAE rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 20 percent of research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health was described as ‘World-leading’ and a further 65 percent as of ‘International Significance’, placing us firmly as the leading nursing and midwifery department in Scotland and one of the top ten in the UK.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Practice course provides opportunity to develop transferable skills therein optimising the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally. All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/course.

All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the course as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

Fees

2015/16OverseasPG Cert - £3,967 PG Dip - £7,933 MSc - £11,900
2015/16Home/EUPG Cert - £1,500 PG Dip - £3,000 MSc - £4,500
2014/15OverseasPG Cert - £3,630 PG Dip - £7,270 MSc - £11,400
2014/15Home/EUPG Cert - £1,330 PG Dip - £2,660 MSc - £4000

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Funding

There is a variety of sources students may apply for funding: ILA 500, Charities and NHS Boards.