Advancing Practice

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate


MSc Advancing Practice

Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) pathway and Advancing Practice pathway

Introduction

The health and social needs of the population are changing globally.  An ageing population coupled with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services have strongly influenced the development of this Advancing Practice Programme.  Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, it is designed for any health professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.

We offer two pathways: 

Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) pathway is designed for health professionals in the UK whose work is primarily clinically focused, are working towards an advanced practice role or require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role.

Advancing Practice pathway is designed for any health professional (locally, nationally or internationally) who is keen to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Study methods: Mixture of online and classroom delivery, Part-time, Stand-alone modules
  • Duration: Part-time, 2 or 3 years
  • Start date:

    September

  • Course Director: Dr Susanne (Sue) Cruickshank and Dr Julie Cowie
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Continuing Education Coordinator

www.stir.ac.uk/health-sciences/

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK

  1. You will gain a Masters degree from a multi-award winning Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, led by a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, real nursing experience and a wealth of world-class publications who will support you both personally and academically.
  2. The flexibility of this programme allows for students to manage their studies around their professional and personal life. The part-time option offers you the option to choose to study over 2 years or 3. Those who can commit to full-time study can complete the programme in 1 year.
  3. The MSc Advanced Practice offers you the opportunity to graduate with a named award, thus displaying your specialist knowledge in a specific area of practice.
  4. Further flexibility is provided by the diverse variety of optional modules available throughout the entirety of the course.
  5. To ensure that you equipped with the necessary knowledge and capabilities to conduct a successful dissertation and complete your Masters, specialist modules are available, specific to the three dissertation options, designed to develop your understanding and practical abilities.

MSc Advancing Practice

The MSc Advancing Practice is designed for Nurses, Social and Allied Health Professionals working in education, clinical practice, research or management who wish to broaden their knowledge of contemporary health and social issues. 

Students are required to undertake core modules in Advanced Practice (20 credits) and methodologies for project work in practice (20 credits). In addition students are required to choose option modules to achieve the required credits for their exit award.  Examples of these include: diagnosis & decision making in primary care (20 credits); living with long-term conditions: Care and management (20 credits); multi morbidity in the older person (20 credits); towards a psychological trauma informed future (20 credits). The full list of modules can be accessed below.

Students who complete 180 credits will gain a master’s degree.

This pathway can be undertaken completely online.  However if you choose one of the clinically focused modules, face to face attendance is required as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise learning opportunities for students.

MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

The MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) is designed for UK based Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title irrespective of specialist field or setting.  This pathway places a strong emphasis on advanced clinical outcomes; autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving, values-based care and improving practice. 

Students are required to undertake and apply the core modules in advanced clinical assessment and examination (20 credits), non-medical prescribing and advanced practice (40 credits) to their own area of practice.   In addition students are required to choose option modules to achieve the required credits for their exit award.  Modules include: diagnosis & decision making in primary care (20 credits); living with long-term conditions: Care and management (20 credits); multi morbidity in the older person (20 credits); towards a psychological trauma informed future (20 credits) and methodologies for project work in practice (20 credits).  The full list of modules can be accessed beneath.

Students who complete 180 credits will gain a master’s degree.

This pathway uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online and face to face.  Face to face attendance is required for the clinically focused modules as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise different learning opportunities for students. 

Who can apply for this pathway?

Any Nurse or Allied Health Professional who is working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title.  Please note there are additional supervisory requirements to undertake non-medical prescribing and further information will be requested when you are ready to do this module.

Course objectives

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

What makes us different?

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Entry requirements

Academic 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 a nurse or allied health professional is required for the MSc in Advancing Practice programme.  Only UK applicants are eligible for the MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice).  However, we welcome international applications for the part-time MSc Advancing Practice pathway that is delivered completely online.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas with a Tier 4 student visa wishing to apply for a full-time pathway, 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 have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

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.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

 

2018/19 Overseas MSc - £13,650
2018/19 Home/EU MSc - £4,700

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all postgraduate taught courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

Find information on paying fees by instalments

Scholarships & funding

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

General Practice Nurses should see the following link for a funding opportunity: GPN Funding.

Our Scholarship Finder can be used to find sources of funding you may be eligible for.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

This flexible programme can be completed part-time over 2-3 years.  No full-time route is offered currently.  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.

Delivery and assessment

The course utilises a blended approach to learning. The virtual learning environment (VLE) used is CANVAS. Module content is supported by using web-based resources including podcasts, videos and interactive materials. 

Video conferencing/connective technologies/SKYPE will be used where appropriate for distance students.

The programme team works with students to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to critically reflect, review and write at master’s level and to achieve a successful outcome.  Online resources and face to face sessions are designed to engage and challenge a student’s thinking in their acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance their area of practice and interest.  Assessments will reflect the specific requirements of the pathway/modules undertaken; clinical or theoretical.

Modules

Students are required to take a combination of core and optional modules plus the dissertation depending on the pathway chosen.

Please note, some modules are offered at specific times i.e. non-medical prescribing – see flowchart at the end of the module list.

 

Masters in Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) 180 credits- complete 4 core modules, 1 option and the dissertation over 2-3 years.

Masters in Advancing practice 180 credits– complete 2 core modules, 4 option and the dissertation over 2-3 years

Postgraduate Diploma Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) 120 credits – complete 4 core modules and 1 option over 2-3 years

Postgraduate Diploma Advancing Practice 120 credits – complete 2 core modules and 4 option over 2-3 years

Postgraduate Certificate Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) – complete two core modules

Postgraduate Certificate Advancing Practice – complete 1 core and 2 option modules

 

Core Modules

ADPP003 Advanced Practice

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December



ADPP013 Non-Medical Prescribing

40 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn/Spring: September - April



ADPP010 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December



ADPP014 Methodologies for project work in practice

20 credits SCQF level 11

Spring: January - April



ADPP026 Diagnosis and decision making in primary care

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December



 

Optional modules

The following are modules from part of the MSc Advancing Practice programme and MSc Global issues in Gerontology and Ageing.  You can also choose modules from Health Research (Online) or Public Health to achieve your required credits

ADPP009 Living with long-term conditions

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December

   
ADPP025 Towards a Psychological Trauma Informed Future

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December

   
NURP011 Global Issues in Ageing Societies

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December

   
NURP013 Multi Morbidity in the older person

20 credits SCQF level 11

Autumn: September - December

   
NURP012 Health and Wellbeing of people with Dementia

20 credits SCQF level 11

Spring: January - April

   
ADPP008 Minimising Risk and Maximising Recovery in Mental Health

20 credits SCQF level 11

Spring: January - April

   
NURP014 Integrated approach to frailty

20 credits SCQF level 11

Spring: January - April

   
ADPP090 Dissertation (Core) 60 Credits SCQF level 11

Recommended reading

Reading lists are made available on commencement of each module.

Study method

Blended

Why Stirling?

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REF2014

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.

1st for Research

REF2014

Our research is world class and is recognised for its quality and innovation. We are the premier faculty for health sciences research in Scotland.

In the research assessment exercise REF2014: 

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport came top for health research in Scotland and was ranked 12th in the UK overall;
  • Our research environment is outstanding and was rated as top-equal in the UK;
  • Overall nearly half of our research activity was rated as 4* placing us top in Scotland and 9th in the UK;
  • Nearly 90% of our peer-reviewed research papers were rated as being of international significance.

We are a new Faculty and will continue to build our capacity to deliver high-quality research which improves the health of people in Scotland and reduces health inequalities through its impact on policy and practice.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

Strengths

This programme uses the wide breadth of expertise within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport to bring you a range of optional modules that can be completed to give you an MSc in Advanced Practice with or without a named specialist award.

Our staff

Course Director

  • Dr Susanne (Sue) Cruickshank
  • Dr Julie Cowie

Course Team

  • Lorraine Armstrong
  • Janette Barrie
  • Margaret Conlon
  • Emma Lamont
  • Sharon Oswald
  • Julia Scott
  • Ashley Shepherd
  • Jennifer Young

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Practice programme provides the 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.

Industry connections

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.

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