MSc Advanced Practice

Overview

Course Length:3-6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, February 2017, September 2017, February 2018
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your specialist area of practice, developing high levels of autonomy and advanced decision making skills;
  • Develop as an imaginative practitioner and transformational leader who champions the ongoing monitoring and quality enhancement of patient/client care;
  • Gain a critical understanding of research methodologies and equip yourself with the ability to evaluate, synthesise, generate and disseminate the findings of research;
  • Contribute to evidence-based, reflective health and social care practice.

This programme is designed to enable health and social care professionals to extend their knowledge to an advanced level within their specialist field of practice. It is suitable both for individuals who wish to become advanced practitioners, or for those individuals who wish to promote the advance of practice within their field of work.

The course consists of a wide range of highly flexible taught and work-based learning modules that will enable busy practitioners to access patient-care enhancing education.

You can choose to study the generic pathway or MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health).

Student Profiles

  • Madeline Murdoch

    MSc Advanced Practice
    Edge Hill University has been a great place to study with the high level of support and the experience of the tutors particularly standing out to me.
Faculty of Health and Social Care

Course in Depth

What will I study?

The course will allow you to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge within your specialist area of practice whilst also learning:

  • How to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and make sound judgements in the absence of complete data;
  • How to operate ethically in complex and unpredictable specialist situations with a critical understanding of the issues governing effective practice;
  • High levels of autonomy and advanced decision making skills that can be applied to your specialist area of practice;
  • A critical understanding of research methodologies and the ability to evaluate, synthesise, generate and disseminate the findings of research.

In addition to the taught course, past and present students of the programme are invited to join the informal Edge Hill Advanced Practice Forum which typically meets twice a year.

How will I study?

Diverse teaching and learning strategies will be used, ranging from individual personal teacher contact to supported online learning, small group work to teacher-led lectures.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary according to the demands of the module but can be through assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, portfolios, seminar presentations and work-based learning projects.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team comprises of expert staff with many years experience in clinical practice in areas such as intensive care, coronary care, forensic mental health, and medical practice.

You will also be taught by associate tutors from primary and secondary care, neurology, paramedic practice, biological sciences and other areas of senior healthcare management.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building provides outstanding teaching and learning resources, including leading edge clinical skills facilities, ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

Modules

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HEA4002 Advanced Practice Project (60 credits)

Advanced Practice Project will involve working with other professionals within your practice area to identify, plan and implement a small scale project that is directed at promoting service delivery, improving treatment and/or developing practice within a health and social care setting.

HEA4045 Research: The Development of a Research Proposal (20 credits)

Research: The Development of a Research Proposal introduces you to the research process. The module will cover the philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies. You will develop a proposal that will demonstrate your ability to plan a small-scale empirical project in your chosen discipline and demonstrate awareness of the theoretical and practical implications of undertaking such a study.  The online content that you will experience during this module is designed to encourage online group interaction as well as independent learning.

HEA9055 Context of Advanced Practice (20 credits)

Context of Advanced Practice is designed to provide a strong foundation to prepare you to operate safely and purposely at an advanced and increasingly autonomous level within your area of practice. Therefore, professional, legal and ethical accountabilities will be explored as will the necessary approaches to governance, risk management, and practice development. These themes will subsequently be incorporated into a critical examination of the constituents of undertaking therapeutic interventions with individuals families and carers.

You will select 80 credits of additional modules, negotiated with the programme leader, chosen from the Faculty of Health and Social Care CPD portfolio.

If you are studying the Mental Health pathway of the programme, the additional 80 credits will include the following module:

HEA9085 Mental Health Law and Defensible Practice (20 credits)

Mental Health Law and Defensible Practice recognises that essentially the statutory roles of staff in practice have changed significantly with the amendments to the Mental Health Act. Traditional roles undertaken by social workers and doctors have now been broadened to other registered professions such as nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists. Therefore, a gap exists in the skill development of staff in practice to work with the new legislation and gain a robust evidence base to support clinical decision making. With this in mind, the module will advance your mental health practice.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/cpdmodules.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject.

Applicants without an honours degree must demonstrate the following knowledge and skills at a level equivalent to that of degree study, prior to commencing the programme: a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and an in-depth awareness of current issues relating to either a health or social care setting; critical analysis skills and an ability to evaluate evidence drawn from the area of work or from previous academic study; ability to learn in a flexible manner, utilising autonomy and self direction.

Students without formal qualifications such as an honours degree can register for a standalone module prior to joining the programme to demonstrate an ability to study at postgraduate level. You must have a minimum of three years post registration experience, and a reference from your clinical line manager.

It is anticipated you will have extensive subject knowledge / work experience in your chosen field as all of the assessments expect you to be able to relate theory to your practice.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This programme will enhance your ability to gain employment in more senior roles as an advanced practitioner, within your chosen field of healthcare.

Successful completion of this MSc enables you to meet Health Education North West’s requirements to practice at an advanced level across the health professions spectrum, including roles such as paramedics, operating department practitioners, nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £31 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17, i.e. £620 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the Health and Social Care Professional Development pathway application form and notes for guidance (pdf).

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.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.