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Urology MSc

Learn from frontline urology clinicians and combine a comprehensive insight into all aspects of urological nursing with tailored, flexible sub-specialities, on a course for registered adult nurses and qualified physician associates.

Overview

Course length: 2-4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
and Education, Training & Conference Centre, Whiston Hospital
Subject(s): Health and Social Care
Department: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Delivered as part of a partnership between St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Edge Hill University, this taught Masters degree provides a comprehensive overview of caring for patients with urological conditions in a range of different working environments.

You will gain expertise in all major areas of urological care. Developing the ability to plan and implement basic interventions for a range of urological conditions, you will also gain first-hand experience of interpreting a variety of clinical data, pathology results and diagnostic investigations.

A variety of optional modules provide the opportunity to tailor your studies to gain expert knowledge of subspecialities within urology which are most relevant to your own area(s) of interest or employment.

The course will encourage more autonomous practice and address workforce opportunities and challenges within contemporary urology services. You will graduate as a reflective practitioner, ready to influence and shape local services and improve the delivery of care to patients. The specialist knowledge you develop will enhance your employability and ensure you are well placed to apply for specialist urological positions, including leadership and management roles.

What you'll study

You will initially focus on all seven major sub-specialities of contemporary urology care, gaining expertise in prostate assessment, haematuria, uro-oncology, andrology, urological emergencies, continence, and renal stone disease. The programme will feature practical demonstrations and the exploration of common urological investigations, as well as the opportunity for work-based learning.

You will examine palliative care, service development, ethics, resilience, and autonomous practice, developing specialist skills and gaining service users’ perspectives. Assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation will be embedded throughout your learning.

As you progress through the course, you will be able to tailor the course to your current role and future career aspirations. A variety of different optional modules are available, covering specialist clinical urology skills and a broader portfolio of options in health and social care, including leadership, safeguarding, ethics, and palliative care.

Compulsory modules:

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Foundations for Urology Care

Work Based Learning

120 credits from:

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Advanced Practice Project

Clinical Urology Skills: Flexible Cystoscopy

Clinical Urology Skills: Local Anaesthetic Transperineal Prostate Biopsy

Developing a Business Case for Change and Innovation

Developing Clinical Skills and Capabilities in Advanced Practice (Adult)

Non-Medical Prescribing

Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice

Safe from Harm

Strategic Clinical Leadership

Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care

It may be possible to select alternative optional modules from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s professional development portfolio as part of your individual pathway, negotiated with the programme leader.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Compulsory modules are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, work-based learning, and independent study, as well as practical demonstrations, debates, seminars and student presentations. The remainder of the course is bespoke to each student and dependent on optional module selection.

The programme adopts a blended approach which typically requires you to commit to one study day per week. Study days will typically be held at either the Education, Training & Conference Centre in Nightingale House at Whiston Hospital or Edge Hill University.

You will have the opportunity to participate in specialist activities to enrich your learning in your individual areas of interest. These might include visiting specialist urology clinics, working along specialist practitioners, or participating in other activities within St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Networking with other urology professionals is a valuable aspect of the course which enables the sharing of good practice.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

The compulsory modules on the course are assessed through an essay and case study presentation, which also includes a question-and-answer session, and a written report.

Specific types of assessment for the remainder of the course will vary according to your module choices. Overall, a wide variety of assessment methods will be used, including case study presentations, written reports, written assignments, practical competencies, practical assessments, examinations, and an optional dissertation.

Who will be teaching you

The course is delivered by a variety of well-established clinical experts. The majority are senior NHS staff including consultants, specialist registrars, specialist nurses and senior lecturers. Many of these professionals are not only involved in clinical practice but also actively participate in research.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement is a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in a nursing or a health-related subject. Applicants with a lower degree classification, or those who don’t have an undergraduate degree, may still be considered for the course, subject to having relevant experience within urology and being able to demonstrate readiness to study.

You should have active registration with a UK regulatory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or General Medical Council. You must be currently employed as an adult nurse or physician associate and have direct experience of caring for patients with urological conditions. Written confirmation will need to be provided by your line manager or training lead confirming their support for your application.

Registered nurses joining the course should have a minimum of 12 months post-registration clinical experience, inclusive of a minimum of six months caring for patients with urological conditions, within the past five years.

Physician associates would be considered on completion of their initial training, subject to practicing within a urological setting.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

Apply for September 2022 part-time

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

The course is delivered at Edge Hill University and the Education Centre at Nightingale House at Whiston Hospital.

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine at Edge Hill University offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Whiston Hospital is part of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust which provides services to those within the local community and further afield. The Trust was awarded Outstanding status by the Care Quality Commission in 2019 and Trust of the Year 2019 by the Health Service Journal.

The Education, Training & Conference Centre in Nightingale House comprises a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and classrooms, skills rooms, and an NHS library with IT facilities.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Part-Time

Typically £39 per credit

for 180 credits

Alternative tuition fees apply for students enrolling on the following optional modules on this course in academic year 2022/23.

  • CPD4904 Non-Medical Prescribing – £1,600
  • HEA4197 Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care – £880
  • HEA4002 Advanced Practice Project – £1,900

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

Your future career

The extensive and varied curriculum of this taught Masters degree will enhance your skillset and employability through a combination of increased urology expertise and enhanced leadership and management capabilities.

The flexibility of the course will enable you to tailor your learning to meet both your individual aspirations and the needs of local urology services.

The programme will support you in developing advanced skills and enhanced specialisation in your current role or a general seeing, ensuring you have the expertise to improve the care of patients with urological conditions.

You will also be well placed to apply for specialist nursing positions in urological care, such as a urology-oncology clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or advanced nurse practitioner in urology, urology nurse clinician, or stone specialist nurse.

Depending on your chosen areas of specialism and clinical competence, as assessed by expert consultants, you may be able to deliver non-medical urology clinics and services on completion of this MSc.

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