MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert Advanced Practice (Clinical)
The MSc course in Advanced Practice (Clinical) aims to prepare, support and develop effective clinical leaders in health and social care who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education and research responsibilities.
Continuing developments in health and social care have resulted in the need for some professionals to have greater responsibility and accountability for developing service provision. This course offers opportunities for a wide range of health and social care professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals, to engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development. The course will extend your skills, knowledge and practice, and challenge your attitudes to health and social care.
Your final award will depend on the number of modules you successfully complete. There is the option to study one module (20 level 7 credits) or two modules (40 level 7 credits) at any one time, working towards the completion of study at any of the three offered academic award levels:
PGCert (3 modules worth 60 level 7 credits);
PGDip (6 modules worth 120 level 7 credits);
MSc (9 modules worth 180 level 7 credits).
There may also be an opportunity for you to undertake a module from another course in the postgraduate health and social care course portfolio.
The course has a flexible modular structure. Learning activities include seminars, group discussion and action-learning circles. There is an emphasis on analyzing real situations from practice as a basis for examining underlying theoretical issues. All our courses adopt a student-centered approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging each individual to attain their full potential as lifelong learners. In a lively, challenging and supportive atmosphere you will be encouraged to share your learning with peers and colleagues, and to consider how you can contribute to the development of others. The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and interprofessional collaboration.
Some modules are designed in a distance learning mode using IT resources, including the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises). Most are delivered in a ‘blended learning’ framework combining attended taught sessions with online learning and resources.
Assessment strategies are varied although largely based on coursework. You will have opportunities to negotiate the specific content and nature of most module assessments with your tutors to ensure that your work combines academic study with challenges in current practice. Assessed work and additional evidence are assembled in a portfolio to demonstrate your progression and achievement in relation to a set of advanced practice outcomes.
International Student Requirements:
International applicants and medical doctors are not eligible for this course.
You must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level with an IELTS overall score of 7.0 or equivalent. This is necessary to satisfy the requirements of the prescribing element in the course.