MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
The Masters in Advanced Practice programme aims to assist nurses, allied health professionals and social care practitioners to develop their professional role, leadership skills and contribution to their own area of practice, whether clinical practice, management or education or practice development.
All students are encouraged to work innovatively and collaboratively across disciplines, in keeping with the ethos of improving the experience of shared care delivery for patients, families and carers in the 21st century. All the modules support the student’s engagement with and achievement of advanced skills and knowledge.
The MSc in Advanced Practice is a product of partnerships with university departments, research centres and external partners. This ensures a robust academic and practice based context is maintained throughout.
The student will be able to:
Develop and embed knowledge, skills and confidence to inform the organisation and delivery of care and advanced decision making
Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the central themes of advanced practice, namely, leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles
Apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery
Evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus.
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 practitoner 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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
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. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
This flexible programme of study can be completed over three years or two years part-time or full-time over 12 months. 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.
The course utilises a blended approach to learning. Blackboard Collaborate™ is used as a platform for synchronised e-learning. Module content will be supported by Web-based materials including podcasts. Campus days will be facilitated by face to face contact using video-conferencing/connective technologies/SKYPE where appropriate for distance students.
The course assessment strategy will centre on student acquisition of the necessary theoretical knowledge and access to expert practice required to meet the learning outcomes. The student will be encouraged to participate in reflective and critical review of their knowledge and practice through engagement with online materials and in the preparation of assignments and dissertation.
Academic Year 2015/16
We are currently reviewing the curricula for our 2015/16 course.
The Advanced Practice Programme offers a selection of core and specialist modules. Each 15-week module is SCQF level 11 worth 20 credits. Most modules comprise of 20 credits. The dissertation is worth 60 credits. Modules are mostly provided in the Autumn and Spring Semester.
The core modules:
Specialist modules (20 credits) - themed awards
Optional module choices (20 credits)
Dissertation choices (60 credits)
Reading lists are made available on commencement of each module.
The course utilises a blended approach to learning. Blackboard Collaborate™ is used as a platform for synchronised e-learning. Module content will be supported by Web-based materials including podcasts. Campus days will be facilitated by face to face contact using video-conferencing/connective technologies/Skype where appropriate for distance students.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
|Skills for Knowledge Enquiry [NURP002]
(Teaching only) CORE MODULE
|Skills for Knowledge Enquiry [NURP002]
(Assessment only) (20 credits)
|The Advanced Practitioner [ADPP03]
(20 credits) CORE MODULE
|Select one Optional OR one Specialist module (Cancer Care; Cardiac Care; Mental Health) (20 credits)
Choices listed below
|Care Integration in Practice Care [ADPP027] (Teaching only)||Care Integration in Practice (Assessment only) (20 credits)|
Select ONE Optional module or ONE Specialist module
(Cancer Care; Cardiac Care; Mental Health) (20 credits). Choices listed below.
Select ONE of modules (20 credits) as a pre-requisite for your choice of dissertation
Quality Improvement in Health Care Project (QI), [ADPP012]
Evaluating Impact on Practice (WBP), [ADPP024]
You must select one of the pre-requisite modules (20 credits) from the choice below or from the choice given in the spring year 2 selectionQualitative Design and Analysis (RP), [NURP004] – Teaching only autumn semester and assessment only spring semester
Quantitative Design and Analysis (RP), [NURP006] – Teaching only autumn semester and assessment only spring semester
|Non-Medical Prescribing (40 credits)
If you select the Non-Medical Prescribing you will not do the Care Integration in Practice Module [ADPP013]
Select ONE of the following dissertation modules (60 credits)
Quality Improvement (QI) (Core), [ADPP097]
|Year 1 – Spring (January) 2016|
Select one Optional OR one Specialist module (Cancer Care; Cardiac Care; Mental Health) (20 credits)
Optional module choices:
Year 2 – Autumn (September) 2016
Select one Optional module or one Specialist module (Cancer Care; Cardiac Care; Mental Health) (20 credits)
Optional module choices:
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
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.
I am really happy doing this course. It is very professional and the subjects are very interesting. Compared to the BSc I just finished, the support I am getting from my supervisors is much better. I will be recommending this course to my peers and students definitely
Distance Learning student, Malta
Completion of the Advanced Practice programme 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/programme.
All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.
All students on the Masters in Advanced Practice Programme are required to have a professional qualification in health and social care, and to be currently employed in practice, education or management.
The programme provides the opportunity for students to experience collaborative learning and links with other home-based, national and international students. This strengthens their understanding of different contexts of care and the challenges therein.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).
|2016/17||Overseas||PG Cert - £4,150 PG Dip - £8,300 MSc - £12,450|
|2016/17||Home/EU||PG Cert - £1,500 PG Dip - £3,000 MSc - £4,500|
|2015/16||Overseas||PG Cert - £3,967 PG Dip - £7,933 MSc - £11,900|
|2015/16||Home/EU||PG Cert - £1,500 PG Dip - £3,000 MSc - £4,500|
|2014/15||Overseas||PG Cert - £3,630 PG Dip - £7,270 MSc - £11,400|
|2014/15||Home/EU||PG 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.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information
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